From 21 to 25 July the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park will make a welcome return to Cheshire’s spectacular 1,000-acre Deer Park.
The floral extravaganza will be one of the first major outdoor events to be held in the North-West this year, bringing gardeners and plant lovers together to celebrate the ‘Summer of Love’.
Following the nation’s renewed appreciation of gardens and growing, this year’s RHS Tatton Park will be packed full of inspiration and advice for those looking to maximise their own indoor and outdoor growing spaces. The much-loved event will see the return of innovative gardens and fantastic florals with thousands of plants to purchase, family fun and a packed timetable of talks and demonstrations throughout the week.
Two RHS Features will encourage visitors to look beyond the beautiful gardens and plants on display and make more considered plant choices in their own gardens. Former RHS Young Designer finalist Anca Panait will return to the show with The RHS Flower Power Garden, highlighting the positive power of plants and their emotional and healing properties, immersing visitors in a celebration of colour and scent.
The RHS is joining forces with the gardening team at Tatton Park with a Feature Garden by Manchester based designer Michael McGarr which takes inspiration from the ecology of the lesser-known areas of Tatton Park, inspiring visitors to look at their own local green spaces and the wealth of biodiversity they attract for inspiration on how to fill their own gardens with wildlife friendly plants.
Five upcoming designers under 30 will go head to head to be crowned this year’s RHS Young Designer of the Year with their thought provoking gardens highlighting issues of sustainability and mental health.
The ever-popular Back-to-Back Gardens along with the three winning gardens designed by local BBC Radio Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside listeners will provide creative ideas for small spaces. The small gardens will be packed full of tips from highlighting how to make gardens more flood resilient to how to create a more sustainable garden.
Show Gardens will also return this year designed by RHS Tatton Park favourite Pip Probert and three debut RHS Tatton Park designers; Peter Lloyd who is creating a garden oasis in which to escape from the stresses of everyday life and Robert Hardy and Neil Sutcliff who are creating Legacy Gardens for two of the UK’s leading Cancer charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
A riot of summer colour will be found in the Floral Marquees, supported by Qatar Airways and Manchester Airport and Plant Village, with over 90 of the UK’s finest growers and nurseries selling a huge selection of award winning indoor and outdoor plants ranging from air plants, cacti and succulents to summer favourites including chrysanthemums, salvias, gladioli and dahlias. For those unsure what plants to purchase the new ‘Community Borders’ will be full of imaginative planting combinations which will appeal to anyone looking to add a little colour and love in to their own borders at home.
The celebration of love and colour will continue with a twist on the popular mass planting with Rainbow Pride Planting soaring skywards, made up of colourful columns, covered in hundreds of beautiful blooms including Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Achillea, Geraniums & Crocosmia.
Celebrating the wonderful world of floristry the popular Flower School will return with floral creations by local florists and demonstrations from floristry expert Jonathan Moseley. Combining flowers and fashion the show will also welcome Fleurs de Villes who will make their northern debut, bringing their spectacular array of floral couture installations to the show, blending fresh blooms with bespoke floral-dressed mannequins.
Gemma Lake, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Show Manager said, “We are so excited to return to Tatton Park this summer for a much needed celebration of colour, love and all things gardening.
We have seen a huge increase in people gardening and growing over the last year and so to be able to return to the North-West this summer with a show full of inspiration and advice for all gardeners and plant lovers is fantastic. After months of planning and uncertainty and with additional safety measures in place we can’t wait to return to what we do best, putting on our famous RHS Flower Show for all to enjoy.”
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will run from 21st – 25th July. Tickets can be purchased here.