Chatsworth House se to host annual new RHS flower show

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Iconic Derbyshire manor Chatsworth House is set to hold a new annual RHS Flower Show in two years time on its 1,000-acre estate.

The Peak District attraction will hold the show in 2017 in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, as part of its line up of shows which includes Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Tatton Park and London.

The 300-year-old home was chosen to hold the ‘incredible’ new show thanks to its rich gardening heritage.

Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said: “We’re thrilled that in 2017 we will be hosting an RHS Flower Show in partnership with Chatsworth on its breathtaking grounds.

“The amazing estate with its gorgeous surroundings has a rich gardening heritage and we’re honoured and excited to soon be a part of it.

“It will be an incredible new show – a stunning addition to the flower show calendar, bursting with fresh ideas that will delight visitors.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity for exhibitors and a great platform to showcase and sell their amazing plants to a new audience.

“The show will be held on the banks of the River Derwent, providing some of the most magnificent views in the country.

“The spectacular home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will give the event a dramatic and beautiful natural backdrop.”

Nick Mattingley, RHS Head of Shows, said: “The show will be full of innovation and fresh ideas – it will be unlike anything we’ve done in previous years.

“I can’t wait to speak to exhibitors about being part of this fabulous new show - what an incredible time for gardeners and the public.

“RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will be like no other.”

The Duke of Devonshire added: “After our wonderful experience at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Amanda and I could not be more thrilled that the RHS has selected Chatsworth for its new show.

“There is so much happening in the garden at Chatsworth and we very much hope the RHS Flower Show will encourage more garden lovers to come to see us.”

In May, Chatsworth exhibited at an RHS Flower Show for the first time.

The Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden, designed by Dan Pearson, was awarded Gold and won RHS Best Show Garden 2015 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will be an annual event and will be held for the first time from June 7 to 11.