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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2018

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Jackie Walker gives a demonstration in the Floral Design Hall at RHS Tatton Park 2017. Picture; RHS/Georgi Mabee
Jackie Walker gives a demonstration in the Floral Design Theatre at RHS Tatton Park 2017. Picture; RHS/Georgi Mabee

Cheshire show celebrates 20th anniversary, July 18-22

There are lots of new events to captivate gardeners at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, at Cheshire’s 1,000 acre Deer Park.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, new this year is The Poisonous Garden, where you can discover the gruesome nature of some of the UK’s best-loved plants.

Created by designers Warnes McGarr & Co, plants will be housed in reused shipping containers. Talks, tours and demonstrations will take place from poisonous plant expert Michael Brown and ‘Mr Plant Geek’ Michael Perry.

Walk through a huge sunshine field of more than 5,000 Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun arranged in the shape of a daisy, grown by Coventry-based Baginton Nurseries.

The Poisonous Garden. Picture; Faunagraphic
The Poisonous Garden. Picture; Faunagraphic

The Flower School

Tatton welcomes The Flower School with talks, workshops and expert advice from local growers Flowers from the Farm and Country Baskets, plus celebrity florist Simon Lycett will host an interactive floristry demonstration.

Other highlights include the festival-themed Green Fields area of family-friendly entertainment, grow-your-own and art-inspired activities. The Flower Power Beds mark the return of the flower bed competition. Friday, July 20 will be a birthday party with a colourful parade.

Naturally, gardens will adorn the showground including Show, Back to Back and the RHS Young Designer garden. Other favourites include the Feast Theatre, Floral Marquee and Country Living Pavilion.

Child in the School Gardens, RHS Tatton Park 20 17. Picture; RHS/Georgi Mabee
Child in the School Gardens, RHS Tatton Park 20 17. Picture; RHS/Georgi Mabee

Bus Stop Boulevard

The customised street scene of upcycled Manchester bus stops will return, championing greening and growing in an effort to create healthier and more sustainable cities.

The RHS and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have selected four finalists from Greater Manchester to design planted-up bus stops:

  • Inspired by the Manchester Bee symbol, Ben Thomas has created ‘The Buzz Stop’, offering an ideal location for the 250 plus bee varieties in the UK.
  • Plant Shop has created a design full of information on the benefits of plants and the best spots for them to thrive in.
  • Cabasa Carnival Arts CIC will be celebrating the tropical rainforests of Brazil and the Caribbean, as well as the cultures and the people they are home to.
  • The children at St Charles RC Primary School and their community have helped to design ‘The Bus Stop of Hope’ which features a dove made of chrysanthemums and a map of the world.
The Plant Village, RHS Tatton Park 2017. Picture; RHS/Georgi Mabee
The Plant Village, RHS Tatton Park 2017. Picture; RHS/Georgi Mabee

RHS Tatton Park information

  • July 18: RHS members only 10am-6.30pm
  • July 19-21: RHS members and non-members 10am-6.30pm
  • July 22: 10am-5pm (sell off starts at 4pm)
  • Venue: Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire
  • Tickets: Call 0844 995 9664 or visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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