Best Exhibits at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

by Bethany Day on July 27, 2013

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is known as the Great Garden Party of the North and it’s not difficult to see why.

The show, which is set in the grounds of one of Britain’s most historic estates, near Knutsford in Cheshire is a riot of colour and a celebration of all things horticultural.

With a laid-back festival vibe the show is much less formal than RHS Chelsea yet the exhibits are just as spectacular. Here’s a look at some of my personal favourites from around the showground…

Summer Fairytale

Every girl loves a fairy tale and it would appear every gardener does too.

This inviting garden is designed to capture the positive elements of a happy-ever-after; beauty, romance and tradition.

A square tower and castle wall set the scene, forming an attractive backdrop to a calming central pool, intimate seating area and soft planting. Just beautiful!

Railways End

Fifty years after the publication of the Dr. Beeching report reshaping the British railway system, Railways End questions Beeching’s decisions.

The “Beeching Axe” resulted in the closure of five thousand miles of track and two thousand stations, reflected in the garden through the use of 1960s style string art.

The lines depict the railway lines lost and the hole represents the hole left in the transport infrastructure, leaving rural communities isolated and areas of glorious countryside inaccessible, such as the Woodhead Pass that links Manchester to Sheffield.

Gravitational Pull

This garden has been inspired by research into the gravitational forces at work in and around a black hole, in particular the gravitational pull that enables it to absorb mass from its surroundings.

The centrepiece of the garden is a cone shaped construction made from steel and recycled scaffold boards.

The planting is set at acute angles and becomes more chaotic as it nears the black hole, giving the impression that the plants are being moved around and pulled into the black hole by gravity.

Stargazer’s Retreat

Located in a woodland glade, the Stargazer’s Retreat comes alive at dusk, as the sky darkens and the stars come out.

Home to an eccentric astronomer and gardener, the design features quirky sculptural elements inspired by a love of outer space.

The star gate is a portal to a night garden, where luminous planting and the stunning white stems of silver birch reflect the light of the moon.

The Mypod Garden

Space can be a problem in some homes and it can be hard to find privacy. The pod in The Mypod Garden provides a place to relax and unwind, giving people somewhere to go – an outdoor space of their own.

The garden contains grasses, trees and moorland planting. A circular path with water rills and dry stone walls leads downwards to the, futuristic-looking pod, which is partly underground.

The pod has a comfortable interior and LED lighting, making use of new technology to create a secluded retreat. The soft, muted tones of the garden contrast with the bright, vivid colours inside the pod.

Did you attend the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park? Let us know what your favourite exhibit was and why.


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