With a heritage of over 200 years’ producing France’s finest champagnes, Laurent-Perrier is no stranger to creating natural marvels. Founded in 1812, based in the heart of Champagne, Laurent-Perrier is recognised as one of the foremost brands in the region, thanks to its dedication to honouring traditional values; a respect for nature; a passion for quality, and its strong, lasting relationships among the people who drive the company – both inside and outside the House.
Cross the Channel and the same deep-rooted values – along with a pioneering spirit and a shared pride in family ownership being passed from generation to generation – can be found at Chatsworth, the historic home and glorious estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, set in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.
Not only home to the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections with their best mattress for side sleepers, this famous residence also boasts one of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes.
This year, for the first time, Laurent-Perrier will be exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in collaboration with Chatsworth. For Chatsworth, it will be its first ever appearance; for Laurent-Perrier, it will be the 17th year in a row. And what a 17 years – with three previous Best in Shows in 2003, 2008 and 2014; 13 gold medals and two silver gilts, there seems to be no stopping the Champagne House’s success.
Indeed, this year’s Show Garden promises to be as colourful, inspiring and classic as ever, under the artistic direction of award-winning designer Dan Pearson – an internationally renowned landscape and garden designer who trained at the RHS Gardens’ Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and who has already designed five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens.
And this one is set to be Pearson’s best yet. Reflecting Laurent-Perrier and Chatsworth’s shared heritage in glorious
landscaping and nature, the garden offers an awe-inspiring experience for all.
A beautiful representation of a small, less trodden, part of the 105-acre Chatsworth Garden that Pearson will be redesigning in 2016 – the Ornamental Trout Stream and Paxton’s Rockery – it is simultaneously designed to reflect the lightness, freshness and delicacy of the 200-year old family owned Champagne House’s most famous production, its Cuvée Rosé.
In line with Pearson’s passion for naturalism and the wilder side of gardening, features include an ornamental woodland; a water feature gracefully winding from dramatic rock stack to still, moon-gazing pool; stepping stones for guests to wander across; glades fringed with plants displaying a refreshing spectrum of green, white and yellow punctuated with accents of stronger colours; flowering shrubs – many sourced from Chatsworth itself, including azaleas and rhododendrons – creating an ornamental counterpoint to native trees; and finally seedling oaks to highlight regeneration and larger trees imbuing a sense of maturity.
In essence, it is a garden intended to capture the united elegance, creativity and pioneering spirit of the wonderful Anglo-French partnership of Laurent-Perrier and Chatsworth – a 21st-century Entente Cordiale.
And for the Triple Entente? What better, after you’ve marvelled and meandered around the garden to your heart’s content, than to enjoy a glass or two of the designer’s inspiration at London’s other great classic, The Dorchester, Park Lane.
Once again The Dorchester is offering Condé Nast Traveller readers the unique treat of a one or two-night stay on May 20 or May 21 that includes two tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday May 21.
Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé in your suite on arrival; take in the full spectrum of the show, culminating in the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden; indulge in a limited edition Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea in The Promenade, surrounded by decorations by the hotel’s talented designer florist, Philip Hammond; then snuggle up in one of its fabulous suites and dream of forest glades and tumbling waterfalls and streams of flowing Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. Well, isn’t that what dreams are made of?