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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

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Sophie Chapman , eight, from Whirley Primary School , Macclesfield. Picture by Chris Bull

Gardening inspiration in Cheshire

RHS Tatton, in Cheshire, opened its doors on July 20, with more than 25 gardens to inspire, including the new evolution-themed gardens and much-loved Back to Back Gardens.

There’s already good news for the North East, with Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries, based near Stanley, County Durham, winning another gold medal in a great year. See full medals results…

Gardening celebrities Carol Klein (July 22) and Monty Don (July 23) are spearheading an impressive line-up of fascinating talks offering practical tips and advice.

In the Floral Design Theatre, be inspired to design your own floral creations, with hands-on tips and inside secrets from the experts.

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Alison King working on the Perennial Legacy Garden by Paul Hervey-Brookes. Picture by Chris Bull

The Vineyard invites you to raise a glass and pick up some wine knowledge at this new feature. In celebration of English wine, there will be tastings and masterclasses plus a selection of wine to buy.

Be inspired by a selection of sheds which have been transformed into tranquil garden retreats.

New this year is Family Saturday, featuring a plant explorer trail, seed sowing, story-telling and gigantic bubble creations from the Bubble Man.

For foodies, there’s the Feast Theatre, with talks ranging from classic English fare to foraging for food.

The site address is Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QNFor ticket information, log on to https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park.


RHS Tatton results

  • Best Show Garden: Through the Looking Glass, designed by Pip Probert.
  • Best Evolution Garden: Plant Evolution, designed by Michael Vinsun.
  • Best Young Designer: Nature & Nurture, designed by Caitlin McLaughlin.
  • Best Back to Back Garden: A Drop of Urban Green, designed by Hosta Consulting.
Gold medallists:
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Aaron Ward (left) and Simon Kelletti work on Tatton’s own garden display. Picture by Chris Bull
  • Young Designer Gardens:  A Home from Home; Nature & Nurture.
  • Back to Back Gardens: A Drop of Urban Green; A View Within; High Tide 2030; The Green Retreat; The Waiting List.
Silver-gilt medallists:
  • Show gardens: Big Friendly Garden; Jackie Knight’s Natural Visions; Never Forget – Never Again; Through the Looking Glass.
  • Young Designer Gardens: A Space to Ruminate.
  • Back to Back Gardens: Inner Sanctum; NSPCC Legacy Garden; Spheres, Spears and Grassy Ears; The Adlington Hall Garden.
Silver medallists:
  • Show Gardens: Pulling Back Time; Trafford Housing Trust Rainbow Garden.
  • Evolution Gardens: Ace Kids Spectrum of Genius; From Hall to Home; Plant Evolution.
  • Back to Back Gardens: An English Stumpery Garden; An Eye on Combermere; Fryer’s Roses: Roses Through Thyme; Heaven and Earth.
Bronze medallists:
  • Back to Back Gardens: A Little Escape; ‘And in their barks my thoughts I’ll character…’; Sitting Below the Mulberry Tree; Victoriana.

National Plant Societies and Plant Heritage Marquee:

  • Best Exhibit: North of England Orchid Society
  • Gold Awards: British Beekeepers Association (Plants supplying pollen & nectar to honeybees); National Sweet Pea Society (An educational exhibit of sweet peas); National Vegetable Society (Royal Mail 500 year anniversary); North of England Orchid Society (Orchids of the world with cultural information )

Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio: Cheshire Area of NAFAS

RHS Tatton Park Future Florist 2016: Bishop Burton College

Floral Marquee:

Best exhibit: Pheasant Acre Plants.

Gold medal winners:
Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries
Part of the Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries display
  • Brighter Blooms (Zantedeschia)
  • Chrysanthemums Direct
  • Cook’s Garden Centre (A succulent Wedding Breakfast)
  • Craig House Cacti
  • D&A Wright (Pergola clothed in hanging baskets)
  • Dave Parkinson Plants (South African Disa orchids)
  • Derbyshire Bonsai
  • Dibleys Nurseries (Begonia, Coleus & other houseplants)
  • Dibleys Nurseries (Streptocarpus)
  • Eagle Sweet Peas
  • Every Picture Tells a Story (Bromeliads)
  • HW Hyde & Son (Alliums & lilies)
  • Hampshire Carnivorous Plants
  • Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
  • Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries (Alpines, woodland plants & unusual perennials)
  • Harts Nursery (Lilies)
  • Hartside Nursery Garden (Hardy Roscoea & woodland plants)
  • Holden Clough Nursery (Hardy plants for northern gardens)
  • Hoyland Plant Centre (Agapanthus, Nerine & Tulbaghia)
  • Jacques Amand International (Allium, Eremurus & other bulbous flowers)
  • Kelnan Plants (Mature restios & South African plants)
  • Larchfield Trees (Japanese maples & Japanese umbrella pines)
  • Mandy Plants (Mandevillas)
  • Mickfield Hostas (Hosta from the National Collection)
  • Morton Nurseries Ltd (Shrubs & perennials in a border setting)
  • North of England Bonsai
  • Pheasant Acre Plants (Gladioli & dahlia)
  • Plantagogo (Heuchera, x Heucherella & Tiarella)
  • Pretty Ugly Plants (Carnivorous & companion plants)
  • Roualeyn Fuchsias (Hardy, basket & bush types of fuchsias)
  • Southfield Nurseries (Cacti & succulents)
  • T3 Plants – Wall End Nursery (Abutilons)
  • Taylors Clematis
  • Tynings Climbers (Hardy & tender climbers)
  • W Robinson & Son (Seeds & Plants)
  • WS Warmenhoven (Allium, amaryllis, ornithogalum)
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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