In 1811 the 6th Duke of Devonshire inherited a garden which had been sadly neglected by his father.

The restoration, on a very grand scale, was not immediate and the Duke had little interest in horticulture. However, in 1826, the Duke met Joseph Paxton; a pioneering young horticulturist whom he brought to Chatsworth as head gardener. 

Paxton proved to be the most innovative garden designer of his era, and remains the greatest single influence on Chatsworth’s garden. Ably assisted by his wife Sarah, Joseph Paxton instigated some of Chatsworth's most celebrated garden treasures, including the Emperor Fountain and the Cavendish Banana.

Explore the features from his era below.

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