Posted 12th Jun 2018
The orchid is currently our favourite indoor plant, with millions being sold every year
Yet our generation isn't the first to love the plant - the Victorians were also obsessed with these beautiful blooms. In homage to this, over 5,000 British-grown moth orchids are to take centre stage at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this summer, in what will be the largest display of its kind.
Orchids of every description will be filling a 21st century version of Chatsworth's Great Conservatory, which was originally built by celebrated head gardener Joseph Paxton in the Victorian era, at the show (6-10 June). The exotic orchid blooms come in a sumptuous palette of lilacs, purple, pale and cerise pink through to exquisite whites, and will also adorn a central waterfall, along with showcasing plinths around the exhibit.
Partnering with Jonathan Moseley for RHS exhibit, Hampshire orchid grower Double H Nurseries will be supplying over 100 varieties of the popular Phalaenopsis orchid (also known as the moth orchid).
When Paxton was the head gardener, the Chatsworth Estate boasted the most extensive orchid collections in the UK. This matched the country's fascination with the beautiful plants, which was reaching a peak. The trend was one for the wealthy with orchids changing hands for thousands of pounds.
In recent years, orchids have undergone a surge in popularity, primarily down to their large, long-lasting flowers, easy care and the ability to bloom in any season. Unlike their 19th century counterparts, they are also much more affordable.
Jonathan Moseley said: "Visitors to this year’s RHS Chatsworth will have an opportunity to surround themselves in one of the most exuberant orchid displays ever seen in the UK. There will be lots of colour and texture in this magical landscape that we will be creating. It really will be a touch of orchid heaven at Chatsworth."
Twenty florists will help Jonathan to build the display which includes apprentices from the floristry college in Sheffield. During the show he will be leading floristry workshops and demonstrations for visitors.