World-renowned landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is the inspiration behind this year’s Florabundance festival at Chatsworth, taking place from 24-28 June.

Leading floral designer Jonathan Moseley is set to showcase extravagant and colourful displays featuring British flowers, herbs and fragrances celebrating the tercentenary of the iconic garden designer.

‘Capability’ Brown transformed the parkland at Chatsworth in 1760 designed out of what was then working farmland - a challenge for the great designer who often talked of a garden’s ‘capabilities’ which earned him his well-known nickname. He continues to be hugely influential to landscape gardeners and architects across the world to this day.

This year’s Florabundance will see Chatsworth transformed with colourful displays of British grown flowers, fragrances and herbs and unusual exotics inspired by the current exhibition ‘The Grand Tour’. Each room will be bursting with foliage and colour and will have its own distinct features, with the Chapel drawing inspiration from Damien Hirst’s Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain. Local growers from Derbyshire and Yorkshire will provide assistance in setting up the displays.

The house will be dressed with large floral sculptural installations in both classic and contemporary styles using a combination of foliage specially gathered from the Chatsworth Estate.

The Sculpture Gallery is always one of the highlights of the event and will feature a collection of naturalistic displays influenced by the Chatsworth gardens and wider Capability Brown landscape.

Jonathan Moseley will be hosting a series of demonstrations and a workshop during the exhibition where visitors will be shown how to create inspirational designs using British flowers and receive top gardening tips from the renowned designer. 

Florabundance is taking place at Chatsworth from 24-28 June. For more information visit

Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public. 
The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation. 
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the M1, 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.

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