Celebrate the fabulous feats of two gardening giants, Joseph Paxton and Capability Brown on classic country estates and in secret green spaces.
Marvel at Joseph Paxton’s groundbreaking water features – still magnificent 150 years after his death – and celebrate the tercentenary of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and his involvement in the landscaping of Chatsworth during the 18th century.
Hire the medieval Hunting Lodge for a bird’s eye view of their breathtaking handiwork, then smell the roses and swathes of wild flowers in the English gardens of Chatsworth’s next door neighbour, the fairy tale-like Haddon Hall.
Stay at contemporary Casa Hotel in Chesterfield and explore Renishaw Hall, prized for its Italianate gardens and rare plants. Walk the battlements at Jacobean Bolsover Castle to admire its fountain garden and revel in a rainbow of borders at Hardwick Hall.
Lastly, discover the area’s ancient and unique tradition of well dressing – celebrated by scores of local communities between May and September.
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