The North’s Great Garden Carnival returns


RHS Tatton Park Flower Show is special to me because I view it as our own RHS show, the North-West’s special time to shine. From 22nd to 26th July, 2015, the Show, set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheshire’s 1,000 acre deer park, will bring all the colour and delights of the summer season offering the perfect day-out for garden lovers everywhere.

This year three zoned areas unite to form the show – Grow, Inspire and Feast. In the Grow area you will find the ever popular Back to Back Gardens, with their clever design ideas for small spaces. Alongside these will be the brand new Blooming Beds, featuring displays based on the adventures of plant hunters. One of my favourite parts of the show, The RHS National Flower Bed Competition, will also be found in this area, bursting with colour and fun.


Grow also encourages gardeners of all levels to enjoy the horticultural haven of the Plant Village and the RHS Floral Marquee, which will once again feature top growers.

Inspire acts as a fitting platform for the RHS Young Designer of the Year, 2015 where three young designers will be building their first show gardens. The three finalists this year are Josh Chapman from Yorkshire, Kate Savill (Nottinghamshire) and Tamara Bridge (Norfolk).

Also in this zone you will find high-quality floristry, gardening and talks in the Floral Design Studio. The RHS Hub also features the popular Cheshire Gardens of Distinction, while the World Skills Landscaping Competition demonstrates the art of landscaping at its roots.

This year the Inspire zone will also debut the Year of Light Garden, where the International Year of Light will be celebrated with an assortment of conceptual designs.


Pip Probert’s  colourful 2014 garden – The Narrows (Gold).

In the Feast zone you can engage with your senses with tips from some familiar faces in the Feast Theatre along with creations in the Edible School Gardens and Great British Allotments, both of which present home gardening at its best.

Visitors will be encouraged to get into action on the ‘Have a Go’ allotment plot, while a new attraction Garden Hideaways will feature custom-made sheds in which to relax and unwind.

The popular Ladies Day returns on Friday 24th July and the now familiar, Ferris Wheel will make a welcome return including the Great Garden Carnival Parade.

This year sees the 17th year of RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, now annually attracting approximately 80,000 visitors. The 28 acre National Trust Estate at Tatton Park offers a majestic backdrop for the show which takes three weeks to build and 10 days to take down afterwards.

This year, the show gardens will include the Perennial Legacy Garden designed by Paul Hervey Brookes and the Best in Show 2014 winners (garden pictured banner above) Amanda Waring and Laura Arison for Maggies Centres. Designer, Pip Probert celebrates her 10th anniversary exhibiting at the show with a garden for a large family.

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show flower dates are 22nd July 2015 (RHS members only) 23-25th July (RHS members and non-members) and 26th July (with the sell off starting at 4pm).

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