RHS Flower Show Tatton Park ended up Sunday with over 80,000 visitors passing through the gates to visit the garden displays, entertainment areas and flower sales including celebrities such as Monty Don, Roxanne Pallett and Paul Burrell. Here’s our round up of our favourite parts of this year’s shows:
It wouldn’t be the RHS Tatton Flower Show without an array of imaginative and well executed show gardens – often with an important theme behind the amazing displays. We loved the United Utilities’ Slow the Flow garden which emphasised the importance of water conservation and how this could be achieved at home. There were also a selection of garden displays from the gardeners from Cheshire Gardens of Distinction who create the gardens at some of Cheshire’s most famous stately homes like Cholmondeley Castle and Arley Hall
As it sounds, this was a domed area full of beautiful butterflies and plant life, giving and truly tropical feel to a somewhat changeable Cheshire weekend weather-wise. The display on the way in features the life cycle of a butterfly and really added something to the area.
Bus Stop Boulevard
Brand new for 2017, a parade of bus stops with floral displays from community groups around Greater Manchester. There was also a London bus serving Pimms at the boulevard which was definitely a hit with visitors to the show.
This year’s family trail featured giant bug sculptures including a 16 ft tall spider sculpture and that iconic Manchester insect, the bee!
Future Spaces Gardens
Highlights of the Future Spaces area included a garden “beamed from 2101” by North West gardener Michael McGarr. The show displayed the opportunities and constraints of a garden in the future and won a Gold Award for Michael and his Team. There were other gardens in the area that were equally as impressive.
Last – but definitely not least – on our list was the Floral Marquee, a firm Tatton favourite. Filled to the brim with exciting and beautiful blooms from around the world, prepare to be impressed by the contents of this huge marquee!
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. RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2017 is full of horticultural ideas and inspiration, as well as thousands of plants to buy so come along in July and get gardening!”
You can find out more about the medal and award winners at 2017’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park here.
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