BBC North West Tonight garden promotes spirit and resilience

A garden inspired by the poem ‘Up Here‘ by Manchester based writer and performer Tony Walsh, will feature at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (18th – 22nd July 2018).

The BBC North West Tonight Garden will promote the spirit and resilience of the North West following the tragic events of the Manchester Bombing. The garden has been designed by multi-award-winning designer Janine Crimmins and will be relocated, after the show, to The Willow Garden Project, in Fleetwood.

The garden is designed to draw people together in a space of calm and will feature a wealth of iconic North West elements, including carved images of the Manchester Bee, which has long been a symbol of strength in the region, alongside poignant words from ‘Up Here‘ engraved on locally sourced stone throughout the garden. A new rose will be launched at the show by local grower C & K Jones in memory of Saffie Roussos, who tragically died at the event. The rose will feature within the planting on the garden.

Further inspiration for the garden comes from the famous Rivington Terraced Gardens in Bolton, designed by Thomas Mawson. Rivington Terrace was an arts and crafts garden that sadly fell into decay in the 1920s.

The garden will have bee friendly planting, avoiding double-flowers, to focus on the single flowers that bees find easier to access. The design has naturalistic planting with formal elements and the Mawson influence can be spotted in the large pergola and round drystone pillars topped with oak beams.

Isobel Coulter, Show Manager for RHS Tatton Park said: “We feel very privileged to have the BBC North West Tonight Garden representing such an important message at this year’s show. Having been held in Cheshire for 20 years in 2018, we are very familiar with the warmth, strength and grit that is truly unique to the spirit of the North West, and are excited to see this encapsulated in a space specifically designed to bring people together.”

Dianne Oxberry, BBC North West Tonight Presenter said: “It’s fantastic to be a part of RHS Tatton Park this year. We are very excited about working with Janine and we are so pleased that one of our community groups will get to share the pleasure of the North West Tonight garden.”

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Picture credit: Images are ©RHS/Janine Crimmins.