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RHS Tatton Park 2018: show gardens

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Rudbeckia Prairie Gold planted en masse as a huge sunflower. Picture; RHS/Charlotte Graham
Rudbeckia Prairie Gold planted en masse as a huge sunflower, RHS Tatton Park 2018. Picture; RHS/Charlotte Graham

Garden designs and who won what

From larger-than-life designs looking to the future to a memorial dedicated to the North West’s resilience in the wake of the Manchester bombing, there will be gardens galore at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.

Show sponsor Bruntwood has created a garden bringing together its community partners, customers and colleagues to host workshops, performances and talks.

The design takes inspiration from previous gardens, The Bruntwood Field Office and The Bruntwood Experiment, creating a sustainable and usable garden that promotes the greening of urban environments.

Cheshire Gardens of Distinction

  • Gold: Arley Hall and Gardens: The Flowers of Arley
  • Silver: Bluebell Cottage Gardens: Don’t Chop Me Down
  • 130 Years of Port Sunlight, The Garden Village

Four gardens courtesy of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction will be on show, aiming to raise awareness of the richness and diversity of the county’s horticulture:

Arley Hall & Gardens: designed by gardener James Youd. There is a spectacular double herbaceous border, echoing the hall’s own. A strong palette of deep blues, reds and purples dominate. It is linked to the garden of Bluebell Cottage by a gate.

Bluebell Cottage Gardens: ‘Don’t Chop Me Down’, designed by the owner, Sue Beesley. Borders filled with hardy perennials and grasses, with plants selected to look good in winter if not cut back. Display panels of ‘plant portraits’ will show how these summer-flowering plants are transformed in winter, providing food and homes for wildlife.

Port Sunlight Village Trust: designed by head gardener Liam English. Port Sunlight was created to provide a healthy environment for William Hesketh Lever’s workers in the nearby soap factory. The garden is defined by hedges, columns, a water feature and original cobblestones. On one side, there is a formal herbaceous border with box hedging, on the other, native woodland planting.

For further information, go to www.cheshiresgardens.com.

The North West Tonight Garden

Inspired by the poem ‘Up Here’ by Manchester-based writer and performer Tony Walsh, championing the strength and resilience of the North West following the tragic Manchester Bombing on May 22, 2017.

The garden has been designed by Cheshire-based Janine Crimmins and will be relocated to The Willow Garden Project in Fleetwood, Lancashire after the show.

Iconic North West elements including carved images of the Manchester Bee, alongside poignant words from ‘Up Here’ engraved on locally sourced stone. A new rose being launched by C & K Jones in memory of Saffie Roussos, who died at the event, will feature within the planting.

The Willow Garden Project was started in 2012 by Pam Laird and has developed into a multifunctional community garden, maintained by more than 40 people with different disabilities and needs.

Future Spaces

  • Best Future Spaces: Dave Green Gardens: The Oasis Garden
  • Silver-Gilt: Dave Green Gardens: The Oasis Garden
  • Bronze: Food for Thought
  • No Award: Michael Vinsun: Future Art Garden

Yorkshire-based Ellen Krier takes inspiration from the Government’s 25-Year Environment Plan and food security. Food for Thought offers a futuristic view of farming, with each crop selected to provide a significant environmental benefit such as pollination or biofuel.

Michael Vinsun’s Future Art Garden was inspired by childhood memories spent in a heathland full of birch trees which grew tightly together to form a cathedral-like structure. Influenced by the abstract artwork of Mondrian and Victor Pasmore.

The Oasis Garden, by Birmingham-based Dave Green, has been designed to provide shady space for people living in built-up urban areas in the face of rising temperatures. Three large pyramid structures frame the entrance, creating a microclimate and protecting green living walls and pockets of lush planting.

Show Gardens

  • Best Show Garden: Gold: JW Lees: From Hop to Glass
  • Silver: Greenbelt Landscapes: Ginspiration
  • Silver: Outer Spaces: Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever: designer Pip Probert. Created to offer a sense of escapism, the garden plays host to exotic planting including Fatsias and bamboos, and features a contemporary hot tub and fire pit.

Ginspiration: designer Belinda Belt. Supported by Manchester Gin, the garden features a copper bar at its centre, covered by a clear canopy supported by four pillars, each of which contains shelves filled with herbs and trailing planting to mirror the flavours found in gin.

JW Lees; From Hop to Glass: designer Leon Davis. Celebrating the brewery’s 190th anniversary, the garden reflects elements of the brewing industry with slender glass-shaped screens and grasses similar to barley and wheat. Deep red and amber perennials imitate the colours of a freshly poured pint.

Back to Back Gardens – 6m x 4m

  • Best Back to Back Garden and Best Construction Award: Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra
  • Gold: Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra
  • Silver-Gilt: Matt Haddon Gardens: A Place to Ponder
  • Silver: Trugg Garden Design: Sleep Well
  • Andrew Walker & Nacro Staff: The Buzz of Manchester
  • Reaseheath College: A Path to the Future

Sleep Well: designer Julie Dunn. Championing the positive effects of a good night’s sleep combined with access to green spaces, there is a path lined with ‘plant cushions’ and soft, scented planting ending in a floral bed.

A Place to Ponder: designer Matt Haddon. A garden of calm and escapism, using a combination of traditional and contemporary materials, demonstrating that any forgotten space can be transformed into a pocket haven.

Bee’s Garden: The Penumbra: designer Briony Doubleday. This shady urban garden shows how lush and abundant planting can thrive in a space overshadowed by neighbouring buildings while raising awareness of the Stroke Association. Dicksonia antarctica combines with lush verdant green ferns, luxuriant foliage and vibrant flowers in rusty and maroon hues.

A Path to The Future: designed by Landscape Architecture students (first year), Reaseheath College. Inspired by traditional cottage gardens, A Path to the Future seeks to modernise the concept. It features a greenhouse equipped with modern LED technology. Grasses create a naturalistic screen and dense planting provides a variety of textures.

The Buzz of Manchester: designer Andrew Walker & Nacro staff & service users. A modern urban backyard for a young couple. A wooden pergola over a rendered seating area is surrounded by raised brick-built flower beds, a water feature and a paved path. The colour scheme is a reflection of the Suffragette Movement – purple, white and green.

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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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