Browse through our blog posts to find out what life is like at Hoe Grange Holidays along with some great ideas for days out in the Peak District.
Following on from the fabulous flowers at Tissington Well Dressings the Derbyshire hills overflowed with beautiful blooms at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show today. Amazingly even after yesterdays drenching downpour and gale force stormy winds the show gardens still looked stunning.
The IQ Quarry Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes is well deserving of The Best Show Garden and Best Construction Award.
The life cycle of a quarry is beautifully illustrated as you travel from the stark stone, slate and rusted wall of the industrial to the soft natural planting as Mother Nature conquers all even in the harshest of environments. I think you'll agree the combination of formal structure and natural planting creates a beautiful garden of many contrasts.
One of our other favourite show gardens was the Experience Peak District & Derbyshire Garden - perhaps because it reflects our dramatic Peak District landscape and perhaps because of the hand painted metallic cows - far less trouble than our suckler herd at home!
Lee Bestall MSGD cleverly designed the garden in 2 completely contrasting parts, reflecting the many aspects of the Peak District and achieving a prestigious Silver-Gilt Medal in the process!
A central mown path leads through rough grass inspired by the fields of Derbyshire. It is peppered with native trees and hand-painted cows, the latter a fun and quirky nod to Sir George Sitwell's remark that blue stenciled white cows would 'give distinction to the landscape'.
The second half of the garden takes inspiration from the formal gardens of the great houses, such as Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, with precise herbaceous planting and clipped topiary yew trees shaped into pyramids adding height.
Following the show the cows will be auctioned off to the highest bidder but the planting will live on as a new garden room feature at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire.
The colourful display by Tissington Nursery showed their passion for plants and again reflected the Peak District landscape earning them a Silver Gilt Medal too. It was wonderful to see so many fantastic #LoveLocal businesses - Peak District Artisans, Annette Petch Jewellery, Rebecca Lawley Silver, Karin Sheldon Artist in Precious Metals and Rita Chang Animal & Wildlife Artist, working together to showcase their Peak District crafts at RHS Chatsworth.
Juliet Forrest created the most amazing glass sculpture which would look fantastic at Hoe Grange, but as it was slightly above my budget I opted for some beautiful coloured glass flowers to brighten up the flower beds.
Another highlight was the Palladian Bridge, a vibrant and colourful sensory experience of floral artistry by Jonathan Moseley. It was a radiant rainbow from floor to ceiling of the most amazing flowers, from the traditional to the exotic, reflecting the eclectic collections at Chatsworth. There were so many blooms I can't even begin to imagine how long it all took to construct!
So many wonderful displays and creations at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show that we can't mention them all here, but there are plenty more photos on our Hoe Grange Holidays Facebook.
Tickets sold out completely so book early if you want to experience RHS Chatsworth next year!
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