RHS Tatton Flower Show 2010

PUBLISHED: 08:35 23 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:45 20 February 2013

Harry and Astrid Levy's The Pond Co. (Aughton Green Landscapes) created this 'Water way to go'

Harry and Astrid Levy's The Pond Co. (Aughton Green Landscapes) created this 'Water way to go'

The flowers bloomed, the gardens amazed and the crowds came in their thousands to this year's RHS Tatton Flower Show <br/>WORDS BY EMMA MAYOH <br/>PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON

If you look very carefully you will see a glint of gold, said Elizabeth Daley, designer of The Christie Garden, supported by Cheshire Life. The Silver Gilt award, presented to the leading cancer centre, may not have been the Gold Elizabeth had secretly longed for but there was no denying the positive comments from the judges and many of the 100,000 people who flooded through the gates at this years RHS Show Tatton Park.

All the plants used in the garden have medicinal or palliative qualities and the 51-year-old said: Im really pleased with what weve achieved and I have loved working with such a worthwhile organisation as The Christie.

It was something that I felt really passionate about and I wanted to create a garden that reflected what they do perfectly. Lots of people have told me how much they love the garden and it is great to get feedback like that.

The Christie Garden was one of many to have praise heaped on them. Everyone from RHS veterans to first time exhibitors pulled out all the stops in the race for gold.

This included Ceri Morgan from Outdoor Chic, in nearby Mere, who had designed and built his first show garden for the RHS this year. Chic Tranquillity, a striking, contemporary design, was a low maintenance garden filled with aromatic planting, illuminated planters and light sculptures as well as giant lime green flowers and a curvy sun lounger.

He said: I wanted to create this idea of the outdoors being another space to live in and to encourage people to make the most of the outdoor space in those few times when we do get nice weather. Ive really enjoyed putting it together.

I never expected to walk away with a Gold on my first go but I am so pleased and I will be doing some celebrating.

There was also a handful of Cheshire groups marking significant milestones or celebrating the lives of special people with their own back-to-back gardens. This included the Girl Guiding Cheshire Border group, as previously featured in Cheshire Life, who took home a bronze medal for their Growing Girls Growing Guiding Garden which marked Girl Guiding UKs centenary year.

It was a huge win for Harrys Evening Stars, mature students from Reaseheath College, whose Plant Hunters Retreat Garden was awarded Gold. They created it in honour of Reaseheath tutor Harry Delaney, who helped them get their RHS qualifications. He also inspired them to develop the garden to celebrate plant hunters past and present. The design, a first time entry for the students, featured rare and some new introductions collected by current day plant hunters from America, Australasia, Asia and Africa.

The champagne corks were also popping for staff from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd whose Piece of Cake garden, marking the centres 21st birthday, collected a Silver Gilt.

It had been designed by the Backford hospices part time volunteer gardener, Sandra Taylor, who created a garden in the shape of a piece of cake. The planting had a chocolate theme including chocolate cosmos and chocolate mints.

The big prize of Best Show Garden went to Cornwall designer Hugo Bugg whose imagining of Liverpools Albert Dock impressed the judges and Joe Massie, who comes from the city, took second place in the prestigious Eurofleurs competition.

There were, of course, many traditional gardens at the show but there were also those pushing the boundaries in the Visionary Gardens category.

Visitors could peek inside a box revealing a vast garden created using mirrors, or look down into a bowl made out of lettuce with an alien at its centre. Conceptual designer Tony Heywood also grabbed the attention of the crowds during the five-day event with his representations of three of his favourite landscapes in Lancashire, Dorset and Cornwall.

Schoolchildren from across Cheshire put on a good show with a display of front-to-front gardens.

Medals were also handed out to lots of other organisations including Making Space in Warrington, Envirolink Northwest and Dragonfly Garden Design and Build. Floral creations by Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council were recognised in the National Flower Bed competition as were Stockport Council whose flower bed marked the 750th anniversary of the towns market charter.

For Bob Sweet, show organiser, the show could not have got any better. The standard of the gardens and the entries this year have been phenomenal and this shows the talent there is out there, he said.

Young designers like Hugo Bugg are achieving incredible success and to have prestigious designers like Tony Heywood here is a real privilege.
This is a fantastic show and we are delighted with this years success. We are now looking forward to next year. n

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