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Friday, 11 May 2012 17:38

The Royal Horticultural Society's Flower Show Tatton Park will open this July, once again set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheshire's stunning thousand acre deer park. Renowned for its pioneering and innovative gardens and ideas, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is the highlight of the North of England's gardening calendar. The 2012 Show will feature Visionary Gardens, Show Gardens, the RHS National Flowerbed Competition, Orchestra Gardens, the announcement of the National Young Designer of the Year, the Floral Design Studio, the Great Taste Food Market and much more.

Especially exciting will be the announcement of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year in association with the Society of Garden Designers on Wednesday 18 July. The three finalists for this year's competition will be launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and each will be granted £12,000 to make their designs a reality at the Show in July - Judges will face a tough decision choosing from these talented under-28s.

This year's Visionary Gardens will bring together art and horticulture to challenge traditional ideas and boundaries of conventional garden design and engage art and sculpture in horticulture. Also on display during this year of the London 2012 Olympics will be entries for the RHS National Flower Bed Competition, celebrating the Olympics. A range of flowerbeds by local authorities and community groups from around the country will showcase the theme ‘Celebration of Sport', with each bed depicting a different sport.

Those more interested in music will be intrigued to see Orchestra Gardens, a new themed garden competition in which designers have been given the brief to create a garden that reflects part of an Orchestra. There will be five gardens each representing one musical discipline for example brass, strings and percussion.

Visitors in search of culinary inspiration should head for the Great Taste Food Market which will showcase delicious regional produce from across the UK. In addition to this Fortnum & Mason Michelin-starred Chef Shaun Hill will select the finest ingredients available at the market and incorporate them into his menu on offer in the Tatton Club and Parlour at the Taste of Fortnum's.

Garden designers of the future will also display their expertise with this year's School Front to Front Gardens. 28 local schools will create gardens based around a theme of favourite children's television programmes, Local primary schools will also be encouraged to enter the ‘Jubilant Diamond Jubilee' North West Container Competition. Containers will be on display for the duration of the Show with visitors voting for their favourite across the five days.

The popular Ladies' Day taking place on Thursday 19 July, features fashion, floristry demonstrations, cocktails and talks, promising to be a great day out.

From music to fashion and flower beds to food markets; this year's RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will be the most exciting yet. Guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in the North West this July and a wonderful day out for all the family.


Orchestra Gardens

To celebrate this, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will present five gardens all inspired by music. Orchestra Gardens is a new themed garden competition in which designers have been given the brief to create a garden that reflects part of an Orchestra. There will be five gardens each representing one musical discipline for example brass, strings and percussion. Air on a Green String, by Alexandra Froggatt takes its inspiration from the string instruments found in an orchestra. A sumptuous palette of velvety red, pink, and ivory white combined with fine foliage and delicate flowers creates a sense of movement, representing the beautiful and evocative music produced by the violin. Bold box topiary trained in the shape of a violins' f-sound hole, sweeps across the path while the avenue of ornamental trees create an enticing atmosphere. At the back of the garden lies a semi-circular stage, surrounded by a domed pergola which is covered in climbers. Painted violins and cellos, overgrown with plants are suspended from the pergola and part buried around the garden to induce abstract and dreamlike emotions. The Italian style of the space is homage to the first true violin, which was invented in Italy in the 16th Century.

RHS and Groundwork UK

RHS and Groundwork UK will be producing an Urban Oasis show feature designed by Chris Beardshaw. The feature will showcase some of the most challenging urban environments where gardening, community work and good quality landscape design have brought people together and yielded powerful social benefits.  The Urban Oasis message is to challenge people to think about how they can get involved in either preserving their cherished green space or get stuck in and create their own urban oasis for wider community benefit wherever they live. This feature will link to the features/gardens produced by Groundwork UK for RHS Chelsea, GWL and the main feature at Hampton Court.

Visionary Gardens

These 3 gardens challenge the boundaries of conventional garden design and traditional ideas and bridge the gap between garden design, engaging art and sculpture. Taking inspiration from diverse global issues, the visionary gardens promise to be simultaneously striking and thought-provoking.

Show Gardens

Showcasing both traditional and modern garden design, the Show Gardens provide inspiration for gardeners of all levels as well as showcasing talent from around the UK. Of particular interest at this year's Show will be the Mornflake garden that will highlight oats as a valuable but declining British crop and also the long standing Cheshire family business that has been milling oats since 1675. HMP Styal women's prison has also applied to stage a garden at the Show following the success of HMP Everthorpe in 2011. The Modern Romantics by Carolyn Hardern, are inspired by the pre-Raphaelite painting ‘Sleeping Beauty' by Burne-Jones and Hambridge Watermill to create a contemporary, romantic garden. Harry's Gold Stars are this year supporting the work of "Kidneys for Life with the garden designed to be a relaxing and tranquil space.

Back to Back Gardens

Stunningly small but perfectly formed these 6m x 4m favourites always give the show visitor ideas that they can take away and produce in their own garden. Amongst this year's Back to Back Gardens will be Glossop Garden Centre, The Landlady Garden & Landscape Design, Barrie Thompson Garden Design and Clusius College from the Netherlands and the Family Refugee Support Project. Care Home Garden, by Joan Mulvenna at first glance may appear to be a traditional garden with a bench and raised beds. The plants are generally familiar and so provide sensory prompts beneficial to memory loss sufferers. Like any garden it can be enjoyed and cared for outdoors. Whilst enjoying its beauty, gardeners and non-gardeners are playfully encouraged to observe resident and visiting birds. However the truly revolutionary aspect of the garden is Instaplanta's system of transferable planting baskets. These slot in to the raised beds and can be lifted out, transported and tended indoors - providing opportunities for gardening to all and in all weathers.

Young Designer of the Year

The RHS National Young Designer of the Year in association with SGD 2012 will be announced at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park on Wednesday 20 July. The three finalists for this year will be launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. The three designers (all 28 and under) will then be granted financial backing to enable them to bring their designs to life at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July. The brief for this year is ‘colour'.

Allotment feature

The Association of Manchester Allotment Societies will produce an inspirational allotment for this year's Show. The Feature titled the ‘World of Growing' will focus on growing multi- national plants to introduce visitors to diverse growing and introduce children to growing via an interactive area. Everyone will be encouraged to sow seeds, plant vegetables and generally enjoy being ‘hands on' in the garden.

‘Front to Front' School Gardens

Favourite children's television programmes will be the theme for this year's 22 local schools presenting Front to Front gardens at the Show. The children will be involved in the planning, growing and building stages of the gardens. The popular feature is coordinated by the Winsford Education Partnership and sponsored by Barclays which sees school children from the North West creating their very own 3m x 3m gardens.

North West Schools Growing Competition

North West primary schools will be producing their very own ‘Jubilant Diamond Jubilee' containers to celebrate Her Majesty's 60 year reign. There will be the opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite during the show week.

School's Fruit & Vegetable Trug Competition

Primary & Secondary schools from around the North West in conjunction with the RHS Summer Fruit & Vegetable Competition will be busy growing to fill their trugs at this new competition. The children's efforts will be judged by RHS Fruit &Vegetable judges and the criteria will focus on the best produced healthy vegetables. We will be creating an exciting display of the trugs in the Fruit & Vegetable Pavilion hopefully with the aide of some antique farm machinery!

Floral Marquee

The Floral Marquee will exhibit a diverse range of 86 local and nationwide specialist nurseries including 2011 Gold Medal Winners. Exhibits include Hampshire Carnivorous Plants by Matthew Soper, with a display that will include Sarracenia, Nepenthes, Drosera, Pinguicula and Utricularia in a natural setting.

RHS National Flower Bed Competition

The competition is a favourite attraction and is open to local authorities, communities and colleges across the country. It interests both the keen gardener and social visitor, young and old alike. The National Flowerbed Competition has, for the first time, has been given a theme of the ‘Celebration of Sport' to celebrate the Olympics, where each bed will depict a different sport.

Floral Design Studio

Visitors will be able to watch a series of competitions in action organized by the BFA in the BFA & Floral Design Studio and also pick up tips and advice from floristry demonstrations. The British Floristry Association headed by Dennis van Wonderen will host professional floristry competitions throughout the week. There will be displays from Florists and the Cheshire Area and North West Area of NAFAS along with the new ‘Flights of Fancy' Floristry College Competition. The BFA will also be hosting ‘Have a go' floristry workshops for all to get involved.

Horticultural Arts and Crafts Pavilion

Dedicated to arts and crafts inspired by (or made from) horticulture, with everything from silk painting to botanical art, there will be a wide range and variety of crafts on display, perfect for those looking to treat themselves.

Ladies Day

On Thursday 19 July, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will host the popular Ladies Day to include a range of exciting events, including guest speakers, a fashion show and a cocktail evening.

Great Taste Market

The Great Taste Food Market will showcase delicious regional produce from around the UK We will have 30 fine food exhibitors selling and sampling their award winning artisan foods from speciality cheese, olives, preserves and meats.

Plant Plaza

Plant selling units with creative displays to offer visitors more plant retail opportunity.

RHS Summer Fruit & Vegetable Competition Pavilion

The Pavilion that houses the best of Grow Your Own along with specialist fruit and herb exhibitors.

Fortnum & Mason Ladies' Evening, Reception and Gala

Following the roaring success of 2011's inaugural Ladies' evening, we are proud to repeat the event, and determined to top even last year's triumph. The evening will be taken at a leisurely pace, to enable you to enjoy everything that is on offer. The evening begins with an opportunity to visit the show, followed by a cocktail party and the exclusive limited-entry dinner, prepared by our famed Fortnum's chefs, at which a surprise guest speaker will enthral and entertain our guests.

Dinner: £158 +VAT per guest which includes drinks and canapés followed by a 3 course dinner with wines. (Entrance to the show ground from 3.30pm, with access to hospitality from 6.30pm for the reception and Dinner from 7.30pm to 10pm) To book please call 0845 602 5699 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fortnum & Mason Events will also be hosting the Tatton Club and the Private Club at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2012.  For the Ultimate hospitality experience and superb dining together with immaculate service and unique touches then look no further. For more information on the different packages please go to: www.fortnumandmason.com/c-476-tatton-park-hospitality-rhs-tatton-flower-show-2012-hospitality-.aspx

The President's Preview Dinner at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park returns for 2012.  This wonderful evening will offer an exclusive, leisured preview of the stunning Floral Marquee and cutting edge Gardens before they are open to the public. This allows guests to savour the delights of the show in comfort and style and is undoubtedly the most stylish way to enjoy the greatest gardening show in the North.

Exclusive Tickets include:

•  A private preview of the Floral Marquee and Garden Exhibits between 5.30pm and 7.00pm

•  A drinks and canapé reception on arrival in the Floral Marquee

•   A three course meal between 7pm and 10pm - for 2012 the RHS will again bepartnering with the London Piccadilly caterers, Fortnum & Mason, so your guests can be treated to an elegantly prepared sumptuous three course dinner

•  Your chance to bid for luxurious prizes in our live Charity Auction - back by popular demand, the excellent auctioneer Humphrey Butler returns to host this lively and entertaining auction

•   A Show Catalogue & Souvenir Brochure

•   Privilege car parking

•   A ticket for a full day at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (Public Days Thursday 19 July - Sunday 22 July)

There are just 250 seats available, which will be sold on a first come first served basis. Tickets cost £120 per person with RHS members enjoying a saving of £5 per ticket (up to four tickets can be purchased at this rate per membership number). Bookings of fewer than 10 people will be on a shared table.  Please note under 18s will not be admitted to this event.

If you would like to book please call 0845 370 0128 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2012

Wednesday 18 - Sunday 22 July, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN

Ticket prices range from £19.50-£23 and are on sale now. Children under 16 go free.

To buy tickets: www.rhs.org.uk or 0844 871 7661

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