Garden designer talks at Haddon Hall

International garden designer Arne Maynard, best-known for his romantic gardens, each with a unique ‘sense of place’, will give an evening lecture at Haddon Hall, near Bakewell this month.

Arne has been involved with the estate for more than 15 years and the redesign of the terraced gardens surrounding the Hall is a continually evolving process.

He will speak to guests about ‘evoking the spirit of place in the gardens at Haddon’ before joining them for cocktails in the garden.

The talk on June 8 coincides with the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, at which Arne will help to judge the show gardens. To celebrate Haddon Hall will put on regular garden tours from June 7-10.

Lady Edward Manners, said: “We are thrilled that Arne will be joining us for this very special event in June.

“The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is on our doorstep and we hope visitors travelling to our unique corner of England will be inspired to stay a little longer to explore.

“Arne’s talk will give guests a unique insight into his approach to redesigning the gardens here, bringing his design philosophy to life.”

Tickets to the talk are £45 including cocktails and admission to the gardens.

Garden tours throughout the weekend are included in the usual admission fee. For information and to book tickets visit

Speaking about his busy schedule of courses and events in 2017 Arne said: “I love speaking to people about my love of gardening and designing gardens. I am really looking forward to the June event at Haddon Hall – it’s an incredibly beautiful place that is very close to my heart.”

Arne is an award-winning designer with an impressive catalogue of high profile gardens and clients to his name, including two Gold Medal-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

His love of gardening, coupled with an unstinting passion for design and the creation of beautiful gardens, has earned him a worldwide reputation for quality and style.

The latest prestigious gardens he has been taken on to develop are the award-winning Italianate gardens at Renishaw Hall.

Owner Alexandra Sitwell has commissioned him to work on the borders in the gardens, which were laid out in the late 19th Century by her great-grandfather Sir George Sitwell.