This year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (17th – 21st July) is a celebration of all things big, bright and bug-filled with brand new features, elaborate planting and garden design innovation.
The iconic Back to Back Gardens will wow the crowds, each unique and quirky in their design and full of take home inspiration ideal for back gardens or small green spaces.
Just some of the 6mx4m plots to look out for include ‘The Perfumer’s Garden’ by Cheshire-based Charlie Adams which highlights how urban spaces can be transformed by fragrant planting, and Matt Johnson’s antidote to the modern world, utilising every inch of space to show just what’s possible in limited outdoor areas.
On a different scale entirely, a feature garden will offer exciting insight into the latest RHS Garden in Bridgewater, taking inspiration from the 154 acre site which is due to open in Salford in 2020.
Designed by Leon Davis and Peter Gregory of local company Flint Landscapes, the walkthrough garden at RHS Tatton Park will focus on natural play and encourage the senses, with elements living on to be reused at RHS Bridgewater itself.
A long established champion of youth in horticulture, new talent and design remains at the heart of the show with the RHS Young Designer Competition encouraging budding designers from all over the country to create their own garden and bring their designs to life.
This year four finalists will be mentored by award-winning designers Mark Gregory and Catherine MacDonald from Landform Consultants.
Creepy crawlies take over the huge Dome structure this year as The Bug Hub explores how some of our insect friends and foes interact in our own gardens and what we can do to live in harmony with these vital creatures.
And if that wasn’t enough bug fun for you, this year also marks 50 years of the iconic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar which will be celebrated at the show with giant fruit and caterpillar structures, 24 bug-inspired School Garden designs and a host of special children’s activities in the Green Fields family area.
Other highlights include a Dahlia experience like never before with a field of over 5000 blooms featuring five different varieties, and the chance to get to grips with home turf at Mow Town with live demos and advice on achieving the lawn of your dreams.
Visitors are also invited to the new ‘Dig In’ area featuring a cookery and gardening theatre, demos galore in the Propagation Station, Edible Allotments, Vintage Tractors and a variety of herbs and edible plant displays to satisfy any grow your own guru.
Overflowing with flowers and foliage the Floral Marquee and Plant Hub – home to Plant Societies and Plant Heritage – will entice visitors to indulge in their favourite florals or discover a new bud with displays from some of the country’s best nurseries, including 2019’s Master Growers Chrysanthemum Direct.
A record number of over 200 talks and workshops will take place across eight different locations on site, with advice on everything from beer brewing to the secret language of plants and bees.
Offering all of this and more, alongside hundreds of shopping stalls, live music and delicious artisanal food and drink, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park really is the perfect way to spend a hot summer’s day.
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will run from 17th – 21st July.
Tickets can be purchased at www.rhs.org.uk/tatton