Chatsworth is delighted to announce that its show garden has been awarded ‘Best in Show’. The award was received by a delighted Dan Pearson this morning, who has returned to Chelsea following an 11-year absence, having previously designed five gardens at the event. For the 2015 show, institutions Laurent-Perrier and Chatsworth have come together to create a breath-taking show garden, marking Chatsworth’s debut at Chelsea.

Dan said "I'm delighted to have won ‘Best in Show’ for the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden. The collaboration between historic Chatsworth and long time RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibitors Laurent-Perrier was a really exciting proposition for the 2015 show, and I’m delighted with the outcome.”

Taking the prominent ‘triangle’ position, which can be viewed from all three sides, Pearson has created a beautiful representation of a small – less trodden - part of the 105 acre Chatsworth Garden. In line with Pearson’s passion for naturalism and the wilder side of gardening, the exhibit is inspired by Chatsworth’s ornamental Trout Stream and Paxton’s rockery. Planting reflects the lightness, freshness and delicacy of the 200-year old family owned Champagne House. Due to launch in spring 2016, Pearson’s work can be viewed at Chatsworth itself as part of a regeneration project of the Trout Stream area.

Speaking about the award, David Hesketh MW, Managing Director of Champagne Laurent-Perrier UK commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to be presented with the ‘Best in Show’ award. Enormous credit must go to Dan Pearson for producing a truly spectacular display that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Laurent-Perrier and Chatsworth’s heritage.”

The Duke of Devonshire commented; “We are delighted that the Laurent- Perrier Chatsworth garden has been awarded Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Working closely with the team at Chatsworth, Laurent-Perrier and Crocus, Dan Pearson has created an inspiring space at Chelsea that truly captures the spirit of the historic Chatsworth Garden. Many of the plantings will return to the trout stream area of the Chatsworth Garden, so we are thrilled that the legacy of the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth garden at Chelsea will live on for visitors to enjoy for many years to come.”

For further press information on the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden please contact, Richard Thiardt at Wild Card - Tel: 020 7257 6470, Email: Richard.thiardt@wildcard.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Champagne Laurent-Perrier

Originally founded in 1812, the House of Champagne Laurent-Perrier is celebrating its bicentenary. Today, it is recognised as one of the foremost brands in Champagne.

Based in the heart of Champagne, in Tours-sur-Marne, this success is the outcome of a deliberate policy to honour traditional values: a respect for nature and wines, a passion for quality, and strong, lasting relationships among the people who drive the company – both inside and outside of the House.

The wines crafted by the Champagne House are unique not only because of the philosophy that has inspired them, but also for their style, flavour and consistent quality, from one cuvée to the next. The result is a range of vins de plaisir – a diversified range of wines to be enjoyed at every occasion, each connected by the lightness, freshness and elegance that distinguishes Laurent-Perrier.

Laurent-Perrier’s success must also be attributed to the energy of the Nonancourt family, headed by Bernard de Nonancourt. Working in a very demanding business environment, Bernard successfully avoided many pitfalls and managed to preserve the independence of his champagne house and its related values. These same principles guide the current management team headed by his two daughters, Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt and Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt.

About Dan Pearson

Dan Pearson is a landscape and garden designer with an international reputation for design and planting excellence. His key strengths are horticultural expertise, an informed and intuitive approach to the organisation of space and the practice of ecological and sustainable design principles. Dan trained at the RHS Gardens’ Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Student scholarships to study wildflower communities in the Picos de Europa, Spain and the Himalayas, and 2 years spent working at the Jerusalem and Edinburgh Botanic Gardens respectively, gave Dan an innate understanding of how plants relate to their surroundings and natural growing conditions. This understanding, together with an appreciation of natural landscapes and landforms, are the primary inspiration for his work.

Dan began his career as a professional designer in 1987.

He was joint author of The Essential Garden Book (Conran Octopus) with Sir Terence Conran and author of The Garden: A Year At Home Farm (Ebury Press), Spirit: Garden Inspiration (Fuel) and Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City (Conran Octopus).

He has presented and appeared in TV series on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Dan lectures widely in the UK and internationally.

He has designed five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens (1992/93/94/96 & 2004). He was awarded the International Prize and the Jury Prize at the 2012 Society of Garden Designers Awards.

Dan is a Tree Ambassador for The Tree Council, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a Royal Designer for Industry.

Dan is currently working on the planting for the proposed Garden Bridge across the Thames designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

About Chatsworth

Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. As well as being a family home, Chatsworth is also a renowned tourist attraction, comprising of the historic house, which houses the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections, a 105 acre garden and a working farmyard and adventure playground. The estate also offers holiday cottages, hotels, shops and restaurants, including the award winning Chatsworth Estate Farm shop.

The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All visitor admission income goes directly to the Chatsworth House Trust, dedicated to the long term protection, enhancement and sharing of Chatsworth house, its collection and landscape, with and for visitors. Chatsworth is 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield and 8 miles north of Matlock in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.Chatsworth House Trust is a registered charity.

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