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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show: Stars come out for 17th year of floral extravaganza

Corrie actress Samia Ghadie and the Gardeners' World presenters team spotted during early days of event

The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in Cheshire is under way for its 17th year.

And as designers and gardeners were putting their finishing touches to their flower beds and water features, Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie was given a quick tour.

The actress, who is expecting her second child this autumn, was excited to see the colourful blooms and intricate designs at this show.

Samia said: “I come to Tatton Park all the time with my daughter, but one year I came to the show and I had my dog with me and dogs aren’t allowed in. So we got as far as the entrance and then we had to go back.”

Samia, who already has a five-year-old daughter, Freya, is expecting her first child with fiancé and professional ice skater Sylvain Longchambon.

And despite being just weeks away from the start of her maternity leave the Dancing On Ice star was not afraid to get stuck in.

“I like all the flowers. I love flowers anyway, I always have them at home, like a good few bunches around the house, it is a bit of a running joke.”

Fans of BBC 2’s long-running series Gardeners World would have been overjoyed to see presenters Monty Don, Carol Klein and Joe Swift filming two special programmes about the Tatton Park event due for broadcast on Thursday and Friday this week.

More than 80,000 people are expected to visit the show, which has a carnival theme this year.

One of the first big events of the show is always the announcement of prize winners.

Internationally acclaimed garden designer Paul Harvey Brookes, who has won multiple awards at RHS Shows, including RHS Chelsea Flower Show, was awarded Gold and Best Show Garden with The Perennial Legacy Garden supported by Glendale. The garden was designed to reflect elements of a large English country estate.

In the Back-to-Back category, A Quiet Corner by Hertfordshire’s Anna Murphy and Sarah Jarman won Gold and Best in Category.

The garden, inspired by the countryside and coastal walks, was designed to be a peaceful space which RHS judges described as ‘a very calm yet sophisticated corner which embraces both town and country. Restful and wispy planting successfully uses a subtle palette of colours and great shadows’.

Golds were awarded to all three designers who created gardens to celebrate the 2015 United Nation’s International Year of Light. Helen Elks-Smith and Kate Hart’s Reflecting Photonics, Leon Davis’ Quantum of Light and Sharon Huckenhull won Best in Category with Light Catcher.

Jackie Knight Landscapes: Nature’s Reflection was awarded Best Water Garden. Preston City Council won Best Exhibit in the RHS National Flower Bed Competition and Sally Parkinson’s The Tiny Plant Company was awarded Best Blooming Bed.

Southfield Nurseries were awarded Best Exhibit in the RHS Floral Marquee, Cheshire Area NAFAs was awarded Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio. Best Exhibit in the National Plant Societies and Plant Heritage Marquee went to National Sweet Pea Society.

Norfolk based garden designer Tamara Bridge was crowned the winner of this year’s Royal Horticultural Societies (RHS) Young Designer of the Year competition.

The theme for this year was English Country Gardens and 27-year-old Tamara’s The Sunset Garden is inspired by a North Norfolk garden and received an RHS Gold Medal. Tamara was presented with her award at the show by RHS Director General, Sue Biggs.

No stranger to getting her hands dirty, Tamara has worked on various projects since 2011 having finished a year’s practical training at Sandringham Estate.

She worked under the guidance of the head gardener and his team covering a broad range of garden maintenance and development, which underpins the designs and planting schemes she provides for her clients.

Returning for its seventh year, the competition gives Young Garden Designers the chance to kick start their careers, making their Show Garden debut and gaining invaluable exposure at a prestigious RHS Show.

The competition provides a great platform for budding designers with previous RHS Young Designer finalists and winners going on to bigger and greater things.

Tickets are still available for the show which runs until Sunday, July 26. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.


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