The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is set to be another great success with over 300 delicately-created displays and garden features.
And once again local organisations, including Reaseheath College and Cheshire Gardens of Distinction, have dug deep into their wealth of talent and skills to create potentially award-winning designs.
The five-day event begins at Tatton Park next Tuesday and organisers are anticipating attendance figures to top 80,000.
Sustainability and greening the grey parts of Britain are the main themes of the show with a message that too many gardens – front and back – are being concreted over.
Garden designers, students and volunteers have been busy for several days preparing their displays which are situated in 29 themed gardens across the site.
The team from Reaseheath College, Nantwich, are putting the finishing touches to their displays, one of them using old bottles to emphasise the sustainability message.
And Tatton Park’s own garden team are looking east for their inspiration.
The park is famous for its Japanese garden - but it’s China that provides the theme for the team entry this year.
The ‘Mother of Gardens’ showcases the great botanical gift China has given the world.
Gardens would be very different places otherwise and Tatton’s is no exception.
The team have produced a Chinese house with dove tree, bamboo, hibiscus, kiwi fruit and buddleia and it is certain to be an eye-catching attraction for the show’s many visitors.
The staff from Connecting Cheshire are also creating their own exhibit, drawing on the organisations work delivering fibre optic broadband to homes across Cheshire for their design theme, while aspiring young designers are putting their talents on show.
Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for communities, said: “We at Cheshire East Council are extremely privileged to be able to host this wonderful event at Tatton Park, an award-winning visitor attraction.
“It truly represents the Chelsea of the North and we hope that all gardening enthusiasts will come along.
“But you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy the RHS Tatton experience.
“Tatton Park is a wonderful venue for this event and there is so much more to do once you are here.
“The RHS Flower Show provides us with an opportunity to showcase our own amazing gardens as well as the many other historic and fascinating features of Tatton Park.
“We are very pleased that the Royal Horticultural Society has once again shown its commitment to the Borough and Tatton.
Caroline Simpson, Cheshire East Council executive director of economic development and growth, said: “It is a joy to see the RHS Flower Show become a regular feature in our summer calendar in Cheshire East.
“It is a huge boost to the visitor economy and we are delighted to be able to host this event year on year.”
RHS Show manager Chris Hulewicz, said: “The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is known for its inclusive and supportive approach to gardening and landscape design.
“With all of these clever designs, as well as an array of allotments and Grow Your Own exhibits on display, we hope visitors will leave the show motivated to turn their own patch of grey Britain green.
“Tatton Park is wonderful. We are surrounded by this landscape of trees and this really adds to the vista.”
In addition to the many professionally designed displays, there are also entries from schools and charities.
The BBC is covering the show with live broadcasts and a number of celebrity gardeners and designers will be attending.
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