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The Ingenious Cottage Garden at Chatsworth, Derbyshire

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The Cottage Garden was inspired by an exhibit at the 1988 Chelsea Flower Show. A front garden of flower beds bordered by box leads to the "kitchen/dining" room with furniture covered with plants. There is a bedroom in the same style on the upper level. See the notes above in the picture.


I first saw Chatsworth on a trip to England by myself in 2002. I took my wife back on a cloudy afternoon in July, 2004. We liked the area so much that we returned to Derbyshire for two weeks in the summer of 2006 and spent most of a warm, sunny day there. These pictures are mostly from that later trip.


If you run the Slideshow for this set in Full Screen mode, it will give a tour that enters the Park through the Baslow gate, then covers some of the Park, views of the House and Gardens from the Park, crisscrosses the Gardens and Stand Wood, and then a few shots from inside the house itself. Of course, I could not begin to cover everything!


Here are links to the Wikipedia article and the official site.






Chatsworth's garden is one of the most famous in the United Kingdom, and attracts around a third of a million visitors a year. It is a complex and diverse blend of informal and formal features from six different centuries which covers 105 acres (0.4 km²) and is surrounded by a wall 1.75 miles (2.8 km) long. It sits on the eastern side of the valley of the River Derwent and blends seamlessly into the landscape of the surrounding park, which covers 1,000 acres (4 km²). The woods on the moors to the east of the valley form a backdrop to the garden. There is a staff of approximately 20 full-time gardeners. The average rainfall is around 33.7 inches (855 mm) a year, and average sunshine hours are 1,160 a year. Almost all of the principal features of the garden were created in five main phases of development.


Chatsworth House appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It represented Pemberley, Mr. Darcy's home. The house itself is named in the novel as one of the estates Elizabeth visits with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner before arriving at Pemberley.


The Duchess (2008), featuring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes


The Wolfman. Chatsworth was used in the filming of the 2009 film, featuring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, amongst many others.

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Taken on June 29, 2006