RHS FLOWER SHOW TATTON PARK, 20TH TO 24TH JULY 2016.
His & Hers was excited to have the opportunity to visit this iconic Flower Show, and it was a wonderful sneak-preview discovering new attractions and appreciating some established ones, The children’s gardens are vibrantly alive and wonderfully creative (fat plastic milk cartons transformed into spotted cows). I loved the children’s choir, in full throttle, singing: ‘Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height’: beautiful voices all in harmony.
Bruntwood’s ‘Field Garden’, Hulton’s Design & Build ‘Through the Looking Glass’, and Styal Prison’s beautiful ‘Pulling Back Time’ a garden in the round, with majestic agapanthus in the foreground, are all stunning. There’s some beautiful planting, roses and wild flowers in ‘Roses through Thyme’, and a fascinating glimpse of what the wild flower landscape might have looked like 1,000 years ago, when King Canute was the first King of all England, courtesy of the Tatton Garden Society. So much to see, and Tatton is such a beautiful back-drop.
Pennard Plants have produced ‘The Garden of Edible Delights’, which is an inspiring echo of their allotment theme from last year. There’s an intriguing vertical garden, which contains crops as well as flowers, and suits urban living.
A stumpery at Biddulph Grange Garden, has been re-created, in one of the back-to-back gardens, and there is beautiful shade loving planting in natural pockets between the outcrops of oak.
There’s a campaign for school gardening and a Floral Design Theatre where there’s guest appearances including an audience with Monty Don. There’s the Floral Marquee full of exquisite planting and appetizing edibles. Agapanthus is the feature plant this year, and if you provide agapanthus with tomato food you get more flowers.
There’s much to celebrate and it is a great day out, hopefully in dazzling sunshine.
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