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RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park
23 - 27 July 2003

Cheshire's Tatton Park provides a picturesque setting for the most recently established RHS Flower Show. Floral elegance is showcased in a relaxed and friendly environment, making it the perfect day out for everyone.

2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford     2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford
Diarmuid Gavin & Monty Don   Janine Crimmins, Chocolate Garden wins Silver Gilt
2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford     2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford
2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford     2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford
2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford     2003 RHS Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford


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One of England’s most glorious stately home gardens is to be squeezed into a fifteen square feet ‘plot’ for the duration of the forthcoming Royal Horticultural Show.

Tatton Park, which hosts the prestigious event between July 23-27, will exhibit and compete by presenting its fifty glorious acres in microcosm.

Cheshire’s main competition entry - in the Foliage Marquee - features four 'Cameos of Tatton's Gardens’, the world-famous Japanese Garden, The Tower Garden, Charlotte's Garden and the recently restored Kitchen Garden. Each has its own colourful history and fascinating part in the story of England’s last complete country house estate.

Planting and design will reflect the originals and each will also have a dedicated poem written by Cheshire's Poet Laureate, Harry Owen.

This year Tatton Park will be exhibiting on three stands.

Its entry in the National Flowerbed Competition - "The Grand Tour" - represents the Italian Garden and the opulent colours that can be seen within it throughout the seasons.

Using hundreds of plants, bursting with colour and fragrance, the display shows how years of travelling on ‘The Grand Tour’ by Tatton’s former owners, the Egerton Family influenced the choice of plants in their pleasure gardens.

Titled "Picture Perfect Gardening at Tatton Park", Tatton’s central stand will enable visitors to try some practical gardening related activities such as creating floral art, hanging baskets and painting.

They will be able to choose from a daily programme of demonstrations and lectures giving tasters of forthcoming gardening courses that Tatton will be running from September onwards.

The daily programme will include talks on ‘Plant Pests and Diseases’, ‘Hanging Baskets’, ‘Floral Art’, ‘Painting in the Tatton Gardens’ and ‘Garden Design’.

A ‘Gardener's Question Time’ at 4pm everyday with Tatton's own Head of Gardens, Sam Youd and special guests. Information on future courses will be available to show visitors.

Mr Youd and his green fingered team spent months preparing for the show - one of the country’s top gardening events.

Said Sam: “As host, it’s important that our display rivals the best at the show. Having won Silver with previous entries, we are still aiming to improve and hope to achieve Gold for one of our competing stands this year."

One of the North’s leading tourist attractions, Tatton Park is maintained, financed and administered by Cheshire County Council on behalf of the National Trust.

Said County Councillor Bert Grange, chairman of the Tatton Park Board: “Our gardens enjoy an enviable international reputation and I feel sure our show entries will reflect that standard.

“And those show visitors that don’t find the time to visit them can always enjoy our miniature edition.”

Open all year, Tatton Park Gardens are part of a magnificent 1,000 acre estate that includes stunning parkland, Mansion, Old Hall, Children's Farm, Adventure Playground, shops and restaurant.

The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is just one of the major events - ranging from concerts to antiques fairs - that form part of an interest-packed annual events programme.

Further information:
Tatton Park
Graham Jones
Tatton Park
WA16 6QN

RHS Flower Show
Nancy Collantine
Houldsworth Business & Arts Centre
Houldsworth Mill
Stockport, SK5 6DA

RHS links
official RHS website
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