MORE than 90,000 visitors ignored heavy downpours and flocked to Tatton Park for five days of horticultural delights at the 2009 RHS Show.
Families made the most of the ‘kids go free’ offer and visitors also snapped up the chance to buy bargain plants and garden goods by the bucket.
Green-fingered TV star Chris Beardshaw became the first entrant ever to win gold in the Best Show Garden category two years in a row with his creation Ness Botanische, which was designed and constructed on behalf of Visit Chester and Cheshire and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
The garden, which will become a permanent public feature at Ness Botanic Gardens in spring 2010, formed the centrepiece of an exhibition celebrating Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction.
Chris said: “It’s a wonderful privilege to have the opportunity to create a garden not just at the Tatton Park show, which is a beautiful show, but in a beautiful county where the amount of high quality gardens is extraordinary.”
The showcase also featured a stunning hermit-inspired haven created by Tatton Park head gardener Sam Youd, which also won a gold medal.
Tatton Show manager Kris Hulewicz added: “Once again the show has been fantastically well received by thousands of visitors throughout the week coming to see world-class gardens and floral displays.
“Lots of exciting plans are already in place for next year’s event, so I look forward to staging another splendid show in 2010.”
For more pictures see our online gallery at www.midcheshirechronicle.co.uk.