RHS Tatton Park 2017 preview

Final RHS show of the summer, July 19-23

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Big Friendly Garden by Tatton Park Garden Team at last year’s show. Picture RHS/Neil Hepworth

The last RHS show of the summer is celebrating its 19th year at Cheshire’s 1,000-acre Tatton Park, supported by Bruntwood.

One of the highlights will be a huge (283m2) tropical Butterfly Dome, where you can walk among thousands of exotic butterflies.

Gardens are at the heart of the show, including a Show Garden in support of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, by Denise Shields, Rory Tompsett, and Peter Hulland. The garden illustrates the journey of many Crohn’s sufferers, as Denise’s son, Callum suffers from Crohn’s.

Also in the Show Gardens category is RHS Young Designer 2016 finalist Lilly Gomm, returning with a garden inspired by the ever-widening gap between income and house prices, creating a ‘fantasy’ back garden sadly never to be owned.

After three years of exhibiting at RHS Chelsea, John Everiss’s design tackles flooding problems. A practical front garden space with a contemporary style, it features a porous, concrete beam walkway leading to a green-roof-covered front door. Water passes down a chain gutter into a water tank surrounded by rich green planting.

The new Future Spaces category encourages designers to forget conventional concepts and design for the future. Martin Williams and Dan Newbury go for a three-tiered garden, featuring a solitary lower level, a central level to entertain, while the top floor provides a contemplative atmosphere.

Back to Back Gardens return with big ideas for small spaces, as Lara Behr creates a garden for Macmillan with planting demonstrating the positive effects of the charity’s support.

Barry Grain draws inspiration from the romantic feel of Cholmondeley gardens, with a sandstone wall dividing two very different spaces, evocative of the garden walls in the castle’s grounds.

Gardening experts and TV personalities Monty Don and Carol Klein will be in the Talks Theatre, and wildlife will take centre stage with giant bug sculptures and floral bug displays in the Floral Design Studio.

Finally, local schools create miniature gardens inspired by their favourite wildlife characters.

Show manager Kris Hulewicz said: “With an exotic butterfly dome, inspirational gardens, a wealth of young talent and everything in between, RHS Tatton Park is set to be bigger and better than ever before.”

For further information visit: www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.


Young Designer of the Year

The RHS Young Designer Competition aims to give aspiring garden designers aged 28 years and under the chance to launch their careers.

This year three finalists have been chosen to design a Show Garden demonstrating what the fusion of garden and office means to them.

Anca Panait, 27, from Glasgow, has created a working environment with space for observation and for privacy. The woodland style planting of Prospect & Refuge echoes this by offering enclosure and escape from the outside world, as height variations act as a buffer from city noise, allowing for quiet, undisturbed work.

Jake Curley, 25, has submitted his Business & Pleasure Garden, inspired by the High Line and New York rooftops. The garden aims to enhance creativity and happiness throughout the working day. A long meeting table looking out over spectacular views illustrates the juxtaposition of the space and its use.

Ula Maria, 24, from Northampton has designed Studio Unwired, an outdoor take on contemporary hot-desking. Providing a tranquil and rustic environment, the garden is intended to transport workers out of their crowded and conventional offices into earthy, natural surroundings.

Previous finalists include Hugo Bugg, Sam Ovens, and last years’ winner Caitlin McLaughlin, who worked with Sarah Eberle on the Hillier exhibit at RHS Chelsea.

Each designer has expert mentorship, advice, and support from established garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, using a grant of £12,000.

Paul said: “The RHS Young Designer competition has produced some amazing designs and kick-started the careers of some very talented individuals.

“It’s a vital platform for inspiring more young people to get involved in horticulture, which is something that’s really important to the show and to me.”

Show details: 19-23 July 2017, 10am-6.30pm, Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire.

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