2013 RHS Tatton Flower Show - Photo Special

PUBLISHED: 00:21 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 19:09 14 April 2020

Designer, Mike Russell and Designs with Nature created this Galaxy Garden called 'The Star Gazer's Retreat'

Designer, Mike Russell and Designs with Nature created this Galaxy Garden called 'The Star Gazer's Retreat'


RHS Tatton is the flower show that puts all the others in the shade. Enjoy our pictorial tribute

Tatton Park was transformed into a wonderland of flowers when the RHS Show descended. Thousands of visitors flocked to enjoy the spectacle in the grounds of the Knutsford country mansion


They feasted their senses on sensational show gardens, marquees full of amazing arrangements, floral displays and a host of other garden-related attractions.

Show organisers say it was one of the most successful Tatton weeks. Last year, gardeners were worrying about the persistent rain, but on most days, visitors to


this year’s RHS Tatton had their fair share of sunshine. (Attendees on the Sunday were not quite so lucky!)

Cheshire Life was proud to be a supporter of a superb award-winning garden. The Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Remember to Reflect’ designed by Wilmslow’s Louise Harrison Holland, won a deserved gold. The garden was intended to be a place for quiet reflection, based on a grid of overlapping squares that divided the space into three distinct sections: paving, planting and water. Louise, along with contractors Matthew Belt of Green Belt Landscapes, was thrilled by its success.



One key theme in many of the gardens was recycling, with many designers incorporating eco-friendly products and ideas and old bits and pieces into their work. The Creative Recycling Gallery from Manchester made a waterfall design using bits of glass from picture frames and received a bronze medal. Tony Woods, aged 27, from Congleton, won a gold medal and the young designer of the year accolade for his ‘Escape to the City’ design, which he declared was the fulfilment of a lifetime ambition.



Another gold medal went to a garden by the Cancer Research charity, inspired by the Manchester Research Centre, being built at The Christie Hospital.

In the marquees, Black Rose of Knutsford won admiration for their colourful display.



The spectacle was not confined to the horticulture efforts. On Ladies’ Day, the temperature soared and the opportunity to dress up was not missed. Many women chose floral themes for their frocks and accessories. Fashionistas also got a glimpse of trends as students from Manchester School of Art paraded their designs.



Thank you to all our green-fingered readers who entered our Garden of the Year competition in conjunction with Grosvenor Garden Centre and Fryer’s Roses. The closing date has now passed and the judges are examining the entries. We plan to announce the winners in the November issue of Cheshire Life.



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