Published: 26 August 2013
Tatton Park Flower Show 2013
Visitors to the 2013 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show had plenty to see during their time at the Cheshire venue.
The impressive Tatton estate provided an additional spectacle to the horticultural delights within the show ground.

This event is well supported by many different organisations and communities from the region; from local government authorities with their spectacular floral bed displays to the school projects and community gardens of every shape and size.  

What I found really encouraging at this year’s show was the amount of effort given by so many volunteers and the support from their different organisations. Four good examples where this cooperation was evident were the National Allotment Society, the Allotment Society of West Lancs., Hume Community Garden and Trafford Allotments.

The coordinators and volunteers from all the groups at the show must be congratulated on the amount of hard work and effort given to stage such impressive displays to such high standards. I hoped that this high profile event stimulated public interest in their organisations and results in an increase in membership.

Volunteers working on their society display

The work required to produce this vegetable patch was carried out by society members
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne talks to volunteers about their display and the children’s activities at the show

There were also many displays created by children with categories specifically for school entries .

The “Beside the Sea in Summer” garden created by pupils at St. Mary’s C of E Primary School
Plants names, it’s quite easy really!

Education involvement not only included young people, the staff at Manchester School of Art created brilliant allotment artefacts using ceramic, glass, metal and fabric materials. 
These handmade ceramic cabbages were so convincing they required watering with a rather unique water can, purely for the camera shot!
Double digging the artistic way!

The Tatton Park garden staff designed and built a show garden telling the story of the links with the estate and Beatrix Potter.

The modern pottage garden included a message for Peter Rabbit!
The Tatton show also hosts an important display category that is only open to local authorities and communities from across the UK, it is the RHS National Flower Bed Competition. This year the competition was as hot as ever with seven entries competing for nation recognition for their outstanding horticultural achievements and great publicity opportunities for their home towns or cities. Here are just a few.
The Dumfries & Galloway Council “Dock Park Regeneration” garden display was a triumph of scale and optical illusion, plus highly original ‘trees’
“Bath Time” with Partington Parish Council looked very inviting during the heat of the day

Birmingham City Council recreated a section of their famous canal system using a large variety of flowers to such great effect.

Many fantastic floral delights were to be seen around the show ground, here are a few from the show gardens.

Great perennial planting by young designer Chris James

A mixed border in part of a community garden

Pale shades designed by Phil Hirst in the Sheffield based Sanctuary Group’s garden

The Gardening Times will complete the stories of the finalists in the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition by taking a closer look at the three gardens they built at the show. Watch out for the results in our report following shortly. 
Reported by Chris Allen  

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