Dinosaurs at Large! at the RHS
Visitors can step back in time at Tatton with ‘Dinosaurs at Large!’ designed by Mark Hargreaves and Mark Sparrow of Chester Zoo.
Chester Zoo’s garden is a representation of the environment and plants that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth during the Mesozoic era. A young Raptor can be seen taking a drink from a swampy pool which is surrounded by a primeval forest. The plants, including conifers, cycads and ferns, are all those that grew in the time of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago. After the show the garden will be used as part of the temporary dinosaur exhibition at Chester Zoo.
Chester Zoo is the UK’s leading zoo, with over 7,000 animals and more than 1.3 million visitors a year. Mark Hargreaves has worked in the Horticulture and Botany department at the zoo for 30 years and Mark Sparrow has worked there for 12 years, having previously worked at Kew Gardens. Both designed all three of Chester Zoo’s previous Tatton gardens, including the Silver Gilt-winning ‘Butterfly Journey’ in 2008.
Photo by Jonathan Farber