Categories
Cheshire colours flower show garden design garden wildlife gardening gardens hardy perennials light light quality RHS RHS shows

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – Part 3 – the bigger picture

So far we have looked at the main show gardens and the work of young designers and school children but in this post I just want to share a miscellany of photos of the things that caught my eye at this year’s show. The RHS had chosen “Carnival” as the theme for this years’s show so bright colours shone everywhere. Even the sky was the brightest blue possible which after getting caught in thunder storms every other time we have visited the show was a real surprise. The colours were crisp and the shadows sharp.

2014 07 27_1973 2014 07 27_1991

2014 07 27_1992 2014 07 27_2011

The sky was blue and the sun was bright and hot so we donned our sun hats, which co-ordinated well with our coffee cups.

2014 07 27_1974 2014 07 27_1975 2014 07 27_1976 2014 07 27_1977

The show was full of colourful characters some real some some imaginary.

2014 07 27_1969 2014 07 27_1970

This was probably the most colourful show garden of all designed by Janet Leigh for a school with children with specific needs. When it is rebuilt in the school it will be inviting to the children and so stimulating to all their senses. Even the pathways which looked like coloured tarmac was of a special “bounce back safety surface”. The way Janet had used coloured plastic sheet to cast moving coloured “reflections” on every surface was amazing.

2014 07 27_2026 2014 07 27_2024 2014 07 27_2025 2014 07 27_2023 2014 07 27_2022 2014 07 27_2021

As a total contrast but also full of colour was the little garden created by members of the Cottage Garden Society for their promotional display.

2014 07 27_2015 2014 07 27_2012

There was colour in the sales areas too, the flowers in pots for sale and these crazy garden slipper clogs – I just had to have pair so bought myself  some covered in red peppers just like those on the far right of the top row.

2014 07 27_2008 2014 07 27_2007

Show gardens themselves and the nursery trade stands in the Floral Marquee had bright splashes of colour to catch the eye and the camera lens.

2014 07 27_1935 2014 07 27_2016

2014 07 27_2017 2014 07 27_1999

 

2014 07 27_2019 2014 07 27_2018

 

This must be one of the strangest and most colourful things we have ever come across at an RHS show, a ferris wheel where every other seat was occupied by a giant excessively brightly coloured flower arrangement. Probably not the best fairground ride for those with hay fever!

2014 07 27_1968 2014 07 27_1967 2014 07 27_1958 2014 07 27_1957

So that is the end of my three posts about the RHS Flower show at Tatton Park, but I thought I would finish with one final photo of a wonderful insect hotel. Being keen wildlife gardeners Jude and I always look out for interesting ideas. This one was a true beauty.

 

2014 07 27_2005

 

Categories
Cheshire colours flower show garden design garden designers garden furniture garden photography garden seating gardening gardens grasses hardy perennials light meadows ornamental grasses

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – Part 2 – children as gardeners

One of the most enjoyable features of Tatton and perhaps also one of its most important elements is the encouragement of young talent be it young garden designers creating their first RHS show gardens or local schools trying their hand out at making gardens.

We always enjoy the work of the young designers at Tatton Flower Show and it is here that the RHS deliberately showcase young designers’ talent but sadly there seem so few. This year there were three young designers who had been given the opportunity to create their first RHS show gardens. I wish this chance was given to more! The standard of the work of these three though was astounding with a freshness in their planting and originality in the way they considered their brief. The first two shots are of the garden designed by the winner of the title “Young Garden Designer of the Year” and show his use of soft planting schemes of perennials scattered among grasses. This was a beautiful atmospheric garden which made us imagine what it would be like to lounge on that seat listening to the insect life busy in the grasses all around. It would be like lying in an old fashioned wildflower meadow.

The third shot shows another young designer’s garden which was in fact an outdoor gym. The idea was a good one but to me it was too much of a gym and too little garden.

The last three photos are of the third young designer’s garden which again has gentle planting featuring many grasses but it has the added interest of coloured glass screens which created interesting colour casts when the sun got to work. We enjoyed this garden too and could see a great future for the designer.

2014 07 27_1941 2014 07 27_1940

 

2014 07 27_1939 2014 07 27_1938 2014 07 27_1937 2014 07 27_1936

The local schools always put on a show with the Wow factor. This year they were challenged to create gardens based on book characters and others took the chance of planting up recycled items. One thing that shows through is the young minds’ use of colour.

Share my pictures and revel in the ideas and the colours. Try to work out the stimulus for the gardens too.

2014 07 27_1859 2014 07 27_1860 2014 07 27_1861 2014 07 27_1862

2014 07 27_1865 2014 07 27_1864 2014 07 27_1866 2014 07 27_1867 2014 07 27_1868 2014 07 27_1869 2014 07 27_1870 2014 07 27_1871 2014 07 27_1872 2014 07 27_1873

2014 07 27_1878 2014 07 27_18832014 07 27_1882 2014 07 27_1881 2014 07 27_1876 2014 07 27_1877 2014 07 27_1884 2014 07 27_1885 2014 07 27_1893 2014 07 27_1892

 

As you can imagine we came away feeling happier about the future of gardening and garden designers. Surely a few of the school children who exhibit at Tatton each year will go on to choose gardening in one form or another as a career. Let us hope so!