Brewin Dolphin’s RHS Chatsworth garden inspired by forgotten Derbyshire Village

RHS Chatsworth

View of Chatsworth 1743 by Thomas Smith (of Derby) © Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth.
Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

A village that once stood in the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s Peak District, before being moved to make way for the estate’s famous landscape designed by Capability Brown, is the inspiration for wealth management company Brewin Dolphin’s garden at this year’s RHS Chatsworth flower show.

Designed by multi-award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by craftsman local to the Derbyshire region, the garden will pay homage to the forgotten village, encouraging visitors to imagine the landscape as it was in the eighteenth century, before being replaced by the familiar hills, lakes and trees visible today. At its centre, a contemporary timber pavilion will represent the lost houses, whilst elsewhere, immersed amongst dense borders of colourful planting, a collection of cylindrical sculptures, some tall, some small, will represent the people of the region who have come and gone across the landscape over the years.

Paul Hervey-Brookes said: “My idea for The Brewin Dolphin Garden started to develop after a tour of Chatsworth House with the Duke of Devonshire.  Standing on the roof looking across the magnificent grounds, his Grace pointed to an area where the footprint of a lost village could still be seen in dry weather.  The idea of a void becoming a space and the question of how and when our heritage is preserved fascinated me. Designing the Brewin Dolphin Garden in the very place that the village once stood, has given me a unique opportunity to explore it further.”

Built by Gareth Wilson Landscapes from Glossop, the pavilion will echo the classic silhouette of a Tudor building with its familiar overhang, and will be clad in 12,000 individual split Chestnut laths – narrow strips of wood that would have been used to cover the interior walls of houses during the period, and a reference to the Sweet Chestnut trees that would have grown in the surrounding landscape.

Plants will also have an historic connection to the village and Chatsworth House, combining native plants that would have been common at the time, with decorative varieties that would have been introduced in later years. Herb expert Jekka McVicar will grow eight specialist varieties especially for the garden, all of which would have been used both as medicine and food by those living there at the time.

Key plants include Verbascum, Buxus and Reseda alongside Wild Angelia, Sanguisorba and Tanacetum. Three different trees will also feature, including two Copper Beach trees reflecting the trees in the surrounding parkland.

Rupert Tyler, National Director at Brewin Dolphin said: “We’re delighted to be back at RHS Chatsworth for a second year and to be working with Paul Hervey-Brookes whose talent for creating beautiful and captivating gardens made such a huge impression on everyone that visited the show last year.  The concept behind the Brewin Dolphin Garden is fascinating and it’s particularly exciting to be creating something that has such a direct link to the region and to the Chatsworth Estate itself. Interestingly, the ‘lost’ vilIage dates back to the same moment in time that Brewin Dolphin was founded, in the 1700s, and the idea of taking values from the past and preserving them for the future perfectly reflects our own principles. I’m sure our clients and visitors to the show will be fascinated by the story and that they will enjoy seeing it bought to life in such a spectacular display.”

The Brewin Dolphin Garden at RHS Chatsworth marks a seven-year relationship with the RHS including five successful years at RHS Chelsea and its inaugural garden at RHS Chatsworth in 2017.

The wealth management company, which has offices in Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Leicester (comprising a total of 29 UK offices nationwide) will once again be showing in the FreeForm category, where it won the People’s Choice Award last year.


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