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 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, the plants and rocks used within the show garden, as well as many of the other plants, benches, decks and the large oak sculpture, were received at Chatsworth. 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 be appreciated, the area will provide most interest and colour from late spring and early summer.
See a full plant list for the show garden (PDF).