Brewin Dolphin will return to The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year with a conceptual garden inspired by a past landscape of the Chatsworth Estate, designed by multi award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes.
Exhibiting at the show for a second year, after its debut in 2017, the Marlborough-based wealth management company will once again be showing in the FreeForm category, where it won the People’s Choice Award with its inaugural garden last year.
Paul Hervey-Brookes, who was awarded Gold, Best in Show and Best Construction awards at RHS Chatsworth 2017, will create a conceptual garden echoing a ‘lost’ village that once stood in the shadow of Chatsworth House before being removed to make way for Capability Brown’s famous landscape.
The Garden will encourage visitors to imagine the earlier landscape, featuring, at its centre, a contemporary timber pavilion that will pay homage to the lost village and is designed to reflect the internal void of buildings that existed before.
Elsewhere, immersed within the garden amongst dense borders of colourful planting, a collection of amorphic sculptures at different heights, will represent the silhouettes of people who have passed through the landscape.
Planting will also reference the indigenous landscape that would have existed before the village was removed, combining native ethnobotanical plants with decorative varieties that would have been introduced in later years. Herb expert Jekka McVicar will grow eight specialist varieties directly referencing medicinal plants and food crops that would have been grown when the foundations of Chatsworth House were laid.
Decorative plants will be planted randomly amongst them, to create a garden that blends into the existing landscape while fusing layers of time together. Key plants include Verbascum, Buxus and Reseda. Three different trees will also feature, including two Copper Beach trees reflecting the trees in the surrounding parkland.
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 craftsman local to the Chatsworth Estate, the pavilion, which will echo the classic silhouette of a Tudor building with its familiar overhang, will be clad in 12,000 individual split Chestnut laths, a reference to the surrounding landscape as it would have been, when Sweet Chestnut trees were grown as a building and food crop.
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 Chatsworth Estate.
"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.