Chatsworth • Artists Retreat • Paul Hervey Brooks

The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden is a space designed to reflect the working lives of artists and artisan makers, to celebrate them and to remind us of the importance of care and craft.

The garden is a place of contemplation and calm, an outdoor working studio providing inspiration and materials for the artists who would inhabit this space. The four artists include a ceramicist specialising in Japanese porcelain, an oil painter who creates pop-up art on textiles, and a basket maker.

There is a textile dyeing pool and rill waterway along with a large open courtyard and reclaimed corrugated tin barn for the artists to work in. Hand-finished Welsh slate is used in the working areas of the garden.

The planting includes the sources of a variety of artists’ materials, from flowering plants for botanical painting, dye plants and sustainable timber crops such as hazel, Salix and chestnut, all of which can be used in the production of baskets and wicker goods.

Designed by
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Built by
Big Fish Landscapes

Sponsored by
Brewin Dolphin 

Chatsworth • Show Garden • Emily Barnes

This garden explores the enduring relationship between Sheffield and the bordering Peak District. Historically, the Peaks provided iron-ore, gritstone and water that were used to power the steel industry. Today the area’s natural beauty is an escape for many from the pressures of modern life.

A sunken patio seating area covered by a Corten steelframed pergola symbolises the Steel City, and is mirrored by a steel fence. A spherical upcycled cutlery sculpture made by a local artist symbolises Sheffield’s famous cutlery trade.

From the patio, steps lead to a peaceful, contemplative space filled with naturalistic planting representing the National Park. Among the planting are gritstone boulders similar to those found on the moors.

A green roof and wall is planted with sedums and ferns, and water drips from moss into the pool, symbolising the peat bogs of the National Park. The planting, much of which is pollinator-friendly, includes Kniphofia, Digitalis, Geum, Allium andCamassia, and an Acer griseum provides height and shade.

Designed by
Emily Barnes 

Built by
Bestall & Co Landscape Design in association with PMM Landscapes