THE 10th anniversary of the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park has seen a magnificent seven gardens awarded prestigious RHS Gold medals.
The show’s host county, Cheshire, has been at the forefront of the medals haul led by TV’s Chris Beardshaw, who took the honour of ‘Best Show Garden’ for his garden to celebrate Cheshire’s Year of Gardens 08.
Bob Sweet, RHS head of shows development, said: "Chris has an incredible eye for picking out trees and plants that combine to create a classic display. Many of the judges said that his herbaceous borders were the best they had ever seen and his choice of trees served to enhance the status and grandeur of his show garden."
Two of Cheshire’s most glorious gardens, Tatton Park and Ness Botanic Gardens, were able to join in the gold medal celebrations.
Ness is buzzing about the success of its ‘Garden for Bees’, which was put together as part of the organisation’s research into the bee population on the Wirral.
Tatton Park took inspiration from the internationally-renowned Japanese garden on its estate for its garden ‘Paradise Isle – A Western View’.
It wasn’t just the horticultural stalwarts that wowed the judges, with the Reaseheath Alumni team scooping not just an RHS Gold Medal, but the title ‘Best Back to Back Garden’.
Other Gold-medal winning gardens include Doncaster-based Walkers Nurseries with its garden designed for a sculptor, featuring figurative art and sculptural pine plants and Urban Vision’s ‘East Meets West’ garden, which impressed the judges with its innovative and harmonious views through the space.
Andrew Louden added to his already impressive track record of Tatton Golds with a garden paying homage to Wordsworth’s poetry and the beautiful Lake District landscape.
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Jackie Knight, who has created more show gardens at Tatton than anyone else, added a Silver-Gilt award this year to her previous tally of five Silvers and two Bronzes with her eighth garden at the show.
The 10th anniversary RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is open today, tomorrow and Sunday.
To celebrate Tatton’s birthday, every child aged 15 and under can come to the show for free and will receive a special party cupcake from the Mere Cafe.
There are still tickets for the show available, which can be booked 24 hours in advance of visit by calling 0870 842 2234, or by buying them on the gate.
Opening times: 10am - 6.30pm (closes 5pm on Sunday). Ticket prices: adults £23 on the door.