Brand Snapshot | Wedgwood X RHS

Wedgwood continues their celebration of joint heritage with the Royal Horticultural Society, with the founding of the RHS by John Wedgwood; Josiah Wedgwood’s son in 1804. Appearing across three flower shows, Wedgwood will be launching their key collections under the heading “Bringing Nature into the Home.”

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Tuesday 22nd May – Saturday 26th May 2018

Wedgwood’s Inaugural Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Location: Rock Garden Bank
Multi-award-winning UK designer, Jo Thompson, will create a striking space for a strong, successful woman for 2018’s Wedgwood Garden. Nature, flowers and horticulture have always been at the heart of Wedgwood’s design work and this has been the source of inspiration for Jo’s garden: “I’m delighted to be working with Wedgwood and love delving back into the colours and concepts of the past to bring them into the present with an added fresh modern interpretation.

“Wedgwood’s vision was for an inspirational, innovative and feminine space with a feeling of romance, sophistication and elegance. I wanted to embrace these aspects and create a garden for an empowered, positive, modern woman.

“The centrepiece of the garden is an amazing sculptural pavilion which represents both the curves of femininity and wonder of innovation. It will appear to sweep as if tracing the path of a firefly and will touch the ground with an almost imperceptible lightness – it should surprise and delight visitors.”

The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Location: Rock Garden Bank
The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a focus on the Wedgwood Signature Tea Collection with Wedgwood’s Global Tea Curator Bernadine Tay. Celebrating Wedgwood’s 360 experience, visitors will be given an alternative view to the Wedgwood Garden from the conservatory whilst enjoying re-blended classics such as Wedgwood Earl Grey and Wedgwood Original.

Wedgwood’s new collections from floral teaware Paeonia and interior ceramics, Folia, re-imagined Jasper Ware with the Wedgwood Blue Pebble Collection and the Wedgwood Burlington Pot. The pieces from the inaugural Wedgwood Artist in Residence will also be showcased in the Conservatory with beautiful feminine designs by Hitomi Hosono.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th June 2018

Wedgwood Chatsworth Installation: EMERGENCE
By Craftsman Carl Hardman and Chatsworth Head Gardener Steve Porter

Wedgwood and Chatsworth have a shared history dating back to the 18th Century – the years have seen collaborations from flower pots designed for the Duchess of Devonshire in 1778, to the Wedgwood Afternoon Tea available in the Flying Childers Restaurant today. As the main sponsors of the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2018, Wedgwood wanted to further collaborate with Chatsworth and have worked with the current Head Gardener, Steve Porter and craftsman Carl Hardman to create a free form garden for this years’ RHS Chatsworth Show, using stone quarried on site from Chatsworth.

Derbyshire and British landscape is hugely defined by dry stone walls. This ancient heritage craft has its roots in traditional boundaries and simple shelters, but modern times have seen its techniques influence gardeners, architects, designers and artists, with skilled craftsmen fusing tradition with innovation resulting in a thriving, contemporary and dynamic discipline.

This inspirational, sustainable and ecologically sound craft is standing the test of time, and securing its future. The geology of Derbyshire is such that both limestone and gritstone are in abundance, and in places can be seen merging between valleys.

To celebrate this the design uses both types of stone, with a traditional “random” field wall in limestone gently meeting a more highly masoned “manicured” gritstone wall. The interface for this is a large glass panel or fin taking form and influence from the glass panels of Paxton’s Great Conservatory.

A large “unexpected” boulder reinforces the reality of a craft born in the landscape. There is a journey from traditional to contemporary use of the stone, echoing the journeys of Wedgwood and Paxton as they strived for ever greater feats and technical advances. The glass panel, produced at the limits of todays’ technology, acknowledges this and is a tribute. Emerging from the ground, the height of the wall gently undulates and meanders reflecting the course of the river toward which the wall heads.

The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
Location: Opposite the Piano Stage
Visitors will be able to sit and take pleasure in the freshly prepared Wedgwood ‘anytime of the day’ tea menu created to be enhance the flavours of the newly blended Wedgwood Signature teas.

Wedgwood Lecture
Gaye Blake-Roberts, Curator, The Wedgwood Museum
Friday 8th June 2018
Location: Opposite the Piano Stage
Gaye Blake-Roberts will give a lecture on John Wedgwood & The Foundation of the RHS

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd July 2018

Forging links with our regional Partners the World of Wedgwood team will be present at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory will reflect the colour and floral displays showcased in the Grand Pavilion whilst showcasing designs and collection by Wedgwood’s artisans.

Visitors will be able to sit and take pleasure in the freshly prepared Wedgwood ‘anytime of the day’ tea menu created to be enhance the flavours of the newly blended Wedgwood Signature teas.