reaches full bloom!

reaches full bloom!
The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park
reaches full bloom!

Wednesday 19 - Sunday 23 July 2006

19 July reserved for RHS member

Ticket booking: 
0870 906 3811 (public) or 0870 906 3810 (RHS members)

Opening hours:
Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 July               10am - 7pm
Sunday 23 July                                        10am - 5pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

2006 is set to be the best RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park yet, with more beautiful gardens on display then ever before.

In its eighth year, the show’s new layout is based on a grid system, which will provide an environment at Tatton Park’s impressive showground that will be able to host a bumper crop of nearly 60 gardens, including 26 show gardens and 32 back to backs.

Add to that a further 10 show features and 23 displays in the ever-popular RHS National Flower Bed Competition and it is certain that this year will be a show not to miss.

10 reasons not to miss the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park

1. Room outside – Not only will some of the designs be showing how the garden can become a real extension to the home, with designs entitled ‘The Homeworker’s Garden’, ‘The Office Garden’ and ‘The Function Room’, but visitors can also take a look at the range of luxury bespoke garden furniture and accessories on offer.
2. Colour collective – Bright and breezy colours are taking over, with two top female garden designers opting for some eye-catching planting schemes.  Phillippa Probert’s passionate ‘Crimson Crush’ garden will incorporate black and purple tones, while Penny Meadmore will use delicate pinks accompanied by soft feathery grasses.
3. Feeling hot, hot, hot – Some guaranteed heat from Tatton this year, even if the sun doesn’t come out.  A double floral marquee will feature chillies from Cookoo Box Nursery, while three gardens will feature fire pits, and one will even incorporate a clay oven!
4. Edible gardens – You could eat your way around many of the gardens this year.  Jackie Brocklehurst’s ‘Eat My Garden’ back to back garden features organice produce such as sweetcorn, oats and broad beans and the NWDA’s show garden includes fruit trees, vegetable terraces and herb beds.
5. Global movement - A ‘Fairtrade’ feature garden from Vale Royal Borough Council based on Costa Rica comes complete with a banana plantation and lush tropical planting.  Visitors will be able to walk through a vibrant atmosphere of musicians, storytellers and market stalls displaying Fairtrade goods.
6. Victoriana is not just on the catwalk – Be inspired by some 19th century style being used by many of the gardens, such as Charlesworth Design’s ‘Pteridomania’ (literally translated as ‘Mad for Ferns’), Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Naturally Victorian’ design and Clive Scott’s tribute to Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ poem.
7. Africa comes to Tatton – Louise Ward and Lucy Hunter are creating an art deco style show garden inspired by the film ‘Out of Africa’, while Tatton Park’s very own back to back space, ‘Into Africa’, will represent Lord Egerton’s Legacy with an African school garden.
8. Tatton’s debutants – There are more than 20 first time garden designers at the show this year, including Guy Petherham who used to be a solicitor, and former DJ Andrew Parsons, who is designing a ‘Rainy City Garden’ to suit the Manchester weather, firmly demonstrating the show’s reputation of showcasing exciting and innovative designs to inspire visitors.
9. Cool for cats – The West Kilbride Environmental Group is creating a special ‘cat friendly’ back to back garden complete with underground tunnels and shading foliage, while the PDSA’s (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) show garden will provide a relaxing haven for pets and their owners.
10.  Celtic inspiration – The natural landscapes of Ireland and Wales have also been inspiring.  Dublin’s Ciaran Kirwan is using the flora, fauna and unique geology of County Wicklow as the basis for his design, while J N Davies Stonemasons’ ‘Tranquil Mountain Waters’ pays tribute to the beauty of Snowdonia.

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