Arboretum and Trout Stream

The Arboretum (1835) was one of Paxton’s greatest contributions to the Chatsworth landscape, a systematic succession of trees in accordance with botanical classification. The new arboretum covered large areas of the existing eastern portion of the pleasure grounds. It was a vast enterprise, involving among other things the diversion, along the Trout Stream, of a natural stream, for more than two miles from its original course on the East Moor, in order to provide a suitably picturesque element in the design. The Arboretum is now part of the larger Trout Stream area of the garden.

The Trout Stream provided inspiration for the 2015 Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We are delighted and proud to have been awarded Best Show Garden at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The images below show the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden designed by Dan Pearson and built by Crocus.

The garden, designed by Dan Pearson and built by Crocus, captured the essence of Chatsworth, drawing on influences from Sir Joseph Paxton’s 19th century ornamental Trout Stream, reinterpreting moments of this intimate feature. The garden also incorporated elements of Paxton’s Rockery including a rock wall and rock stacks, made from gritstone transported from Chatsworth. The planting, which reflects the "lightness, freshness and delicacy" of Laurent-Perrier, comprises a number of plants sourced directly from Chatsworth, including azalea, Rhododendron loderi, native woodrush, and various ferns.

In autumn 2015 we received back to Chatsworth the plants and rocks used within the show garden as well as many of the other plants, benches, decks and the large oak sculpture. These have now been installed and planted along the Trout Stream, and further planting will be added in 2016.

Although many of the items can already be appreciated the area will provide most interest and colour from later spring/early summer 2016.

Please click here to see a full plant list for the show garden.


Glimpse behind the scenes at the building of the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden and into the garden itself at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show