RHS Flower Show Tatton Park: When is it, what to see, how much does it cost and more

By on July 6, 2017

With less than 3 weeks to go the excitement is mounting for RHS Tatton Park, the last major flower show of the season.

Running from Wednesday 19th July until Sunday 23rd July the show this year will feature attractions and exhibitions for all ages and interests.

New for 2017, visitors will be able to wander through a dome filled with tropical plants and exotic butterflies from South America and Indonesia. Outside of the dome, efforts have been made to plant a meadow rich with carefully selected plants to attract pollenating insects. Continuing with the RHS theme of ‘Greening Grey Britain’ (turning grey spaces into green spaces), this year’s show will feature a Bus Stop Boulevard to stroll down and admire 5 individual bus stops designed and decorated by local communities with the aim to inspire people to get involved and have a go at growing to make a grey space a little less drab. The joint aim of Bus Stop Boulevard is to promote and celebrate the diversity of the local culture and projects at the helm of the Bus Stop designs include Oldham Real Junk Food, Pride in Manchester and Friends of Peel Park.

Along with the new attractions, Tatton Park will once again host event favourites such as Young Landscape Contractor and Young Planting Designer of the year and the grand final of RHS Young Designer of the Year. Previous winners of which have gone on to design gardens for RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Floral Marquee, the epicentre of any flower show, will host 70 British and International Nurseries and will be open to experience and explore as well as offering the opportunity to meet the growers, sample produce and purchase goods. The marquee hosts the Warmenhoven Nursery, one of the 5 RHS ‘Master Growers’ for 2017. This is a relatively new initiative with the aim to showcase specialist nurseries and provide education and insight into just what it takes to hone the skills necessary to produce award winning plants and displays. The gardens on display this year are varied, thoughtful and inspiring. They range from the ‘Stop, Think, Change’ garden, designed and built by female prisoners from HMP and YOI Styal to the ‘Tatton Park Secret Stories’ garden designed by Simon Tetlow and incorporating a garden maze to explore and discover just some of what makes Tatton so special. The gardens are described in detail on the website (link at end of page) and from here the public can vote for which garden deserves to win the ‘People’s Choice’ award. Voting is open 18th July through to 21st July and can be completed online or whilst at the show.

What is there to do at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park?

For those keen to do more than just admire the plethora of flora and fauna, this year’s show has a vast array of talks, workshops and learning experiences. Daily demonstrations will include dry stone walling with members of the Dry Stone Wallers Association on hand to answers questions and there will also be an opportunity to try woodland craft at short workshops for both children and adults in the Woodland Skills garden area. In the 4 main theatres, presentations will be held covering a wide array of topics including celebrity gardeners Carol Klein and Monty Don who will both host talks. In the Feast Theatre, visitors can be inspired by the ‘Grow It, Eat It, Cook It’ talk, the Vegetarian Cookery School and the BBQ Delights lecture whilst the Talks Theatre will host presentations including Bees in your Garden, the Wonderful World of Worms and the essential Gardeners Q&A. The 2 other theatres are the Discover and Grow and Floral Design Theatres. For those keen to turn their garden shed into more than just a place to store tools then the theme this year of ‘Garden Hideaways’ gives visitors the chance to stroll around and be inspired by the upcycling of sheds into attractively decorated hideaways.

There will be plenty to keep the children entertained too. Saturday 22nd is Family Day and there will be events throughout the week with sculptures to admire, bugs to hunt and wildlife school gardens to look over. ‘Art in the Garden’ is a place to relax amidst large scale garden art. The nearby champagne bar offers a further place for the grown ups to unwind.

During the show, there will be plenty of opportunities to relax and refuel. A vast array of food and drink outlets will be onsite, plus more notable experiences including the Garden Lounge Restaurant (pre-booking required) and The Vineyard Garden in which visitors can participate in wine tastings whilst learning how to grow their own vines. A variety of live music will be playing from the bandstand throughout the day.

Gates open July 19th for RHS members and July 20th for RHS members and the general public. The show runs from 10am-6.30pm daily, though will finish at 5pm on the 23rd. The plant sell off will take place at 4pm on the final day. Friday 21st July is Ladies Day. Tickets can only be bought from the RHS website or onsite and are cheaper for RHS members. Under 16s are admitted free when accompanied by paying adult. For full details visit www.rhs.org.uk.

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