The Brewin Dolphin Garden 2017

The Brewin Dolphin Garden 2017

Brewin Dolphin's inaugural garden at RHS Chatsworth has been designed by multi award-winning designer Jo Thompson. Embracing the majestic setting, the garden maximises the beautiful views and natural curves of the landscape and provide a spectacular contemporary viewpoint from which to enjoy Capability Brown's historic vistas.

Sited on the banks of the River Derwent, the scale of the garden reflects the grandeur of its setting combining contemporary industrial materials with naturalistic planting. Central to the design, an imposing contemporary sculpture crafted from reinforcing steel bars sweeps through the space, taking in the shape of the river in a series of wide curves before cantilevering dramatically out over the water. Here, it hangs, appearing to suspend in mid air before sweeping back to the riverbank and spiralling into a circular enclosed building.

A series of garden areas dotted along the sculpture's main frame are connected by wildflower turf following the organic shape of the structure. At one end, majestic field maples and hornbeams create a glade of trees surrounded by meadow. At the other, an ornamental garden curves around the imposing steel building. A soft pastel planting palette of blues and pinks with highlights of apricot contrasts with the patina of the steel sculpture. Elsewhere, paving and sculptural seating reference the millstones found across the peak district.