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RHS Tatton Park: urban gardening

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Cactus Direct 2101 - Future Gardens
Cactus Direct 2101 - Future Gardens. Picture; Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

Looking to the future of gardening in Cheshire

It’s great to see the RHS getting behind the concept of urban gardening, highlighted at the society’s Flower Show Tatton Park, which runs from July 19-23.

Gardens will show how to green up grey spaces to help create happier, healthier and more sustainable cities.

The 2101 Garden by Wigan-based design team Warnes-McGarr in the Future Spaces category depicts a garden designed to cope with warmer air temperatures. Drought-tolerant plants, typical of Mexico and South America feature alongside an aquaponics growing system, which uses waste from fish and other animals to nourish plants.

Stockport design duo Dan Newbury and Martin Williams have created The Live Garden, also in the Future Spaces category, with three levels and a living wall with a concealed cinema screen, plus a live audio feed to capture the sounds of wildlife.

Mid-Cheshire Hospital Remember Me Garden. Picture; Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

Lancashire-based John Everiss returns to RHS Tatton for United Utilities with the Slow the Flow Garden to tackle flash-flooding. The garden harnesses, conserves and slows the flow of rainfall in urban spaces.

The Remember Me Garden, created by Jane Bingham and& Penny Hearn for the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals Charity, features dementia-friendly ideas such as growing plants popular in the 1960s and 1970s to evoke memories.

The 6m x 4m Back to Back Gardens shows how to create a green retreat with limited space. Liverpool designer Paul Morris has created the Relaxation Meditation Garden, featuring calming herbs, like chamomile, mint, and sage.

The Bus Stop Boulevard, a 25m long street scene, will feature six planted-up bus shelters created by communities and designers from the Greater Manchester area, supported by Transport for Greater Manchester.

The Bruntwood Experiment, by the show’s headline supporter, Bruntwood, features resilient plants that thrive in our complex, changing and often forgotten urban areas. Results of the ‘experiment’ will be used to inform the replanting of the garden at Bruntwood’s Alderley Park campus.

Chris Oglesby, CEO of Bruntwood said: “We are excited to once again be headline supporters of RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The Bruntwood Experiment reflects this and we are delighted that it will go on to be rehomed at Alderley Park as a garden that enhances the wellbeing of our customers, colleagues and the wider community.”

Nick Mattingley, Director of RHS Shows said: “As the need for green spaces in urban areas increases, it is more important than ever to inspire people, communities, and businesses to plant up, upcycle and do what they can to get greening.”

Also at the show are Garden Offices created by RHS Young Designer finalists, a butterfly dome, Garden Hideaways, encouraging people to turn their sheds into a custom-made, upcycled, and innovatively decorated retreat, and much more.

For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.

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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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