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See Tatton on BBC2 with Monty Don and friends: Thurs 21 July (7.30-8pm) and Fri 22 July (8-8.30pm). Times subject to change

Floral fun for all the family

Fairy Tale Visionary GardenSet in the beautiful surroundings of the historic estate at Tatton Park, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park offers something for all the family. This year the show has more than ever to appeal to young garden enthusiasts, with no shortage of fantastic attractions to excite both the young and the young at heart.

Children visiting the Show will be transported back to the time of the dinosaur in the Chester Zoo garden, experience the world of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s literary classic The Secret Garden and learn how to grow vegetables for the dinner table with CBeebies’ Mr Bloom and The Association of Manchester Allotment Societies.

With such a wonderful and varied selection of attractions and activities, not to mention the Football Gardens, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park offers the perfect day out for the whole family this summer holiday. Highlights for the family at this year’s show

CBeebies Mr Bloom's Nursery

Mr Bloom, the green-fingered gardener who runs the colourful allotment on the popular CBeebies programme Mr Bloom's Nursery, will be on site from Wednesday to Friday. He will be providing a range of exciting activities to engage young children and families, demonstrating to visitors how much fun can be had when growing your own fruit and vegetables.

The Secret Garden

There will also be a fabulous celebration of The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s literary classic, which is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of publication this year. The students of Reaseheath College will recreate the secret garden at Tatton and children will be invited into The Secret Garden Activity Marquee, where they can enjoy listening to extracts from the book. The garden certainly serves as a fitting tribute to this wonderful book, especially since author Frances Hodgson Burnett was herself born and brought up in the Manchester area before emigrating to America.

Dinosaurs at Large! Chester Zoo Garden

To celebrate their summer exhibition, Chester Zoo brings Dinosaurs at Large! to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Back to Back Garden category. A young Raptor can be seen (and heard!) taking a drink from a swampy pool which is surrounded by primeval forest made up of plants that grew during the age of the dinosaurs. This exciting and fascinating garden will give visitors a flavour of what it would be like to go back to a time when dinosaurs were the most dominant creatures on the planet.

The Pied Piper’s Magical Garden of Herbs, Fruit, Flowers and Vegetables

The Association of Manchester Allotment Societies will produce an inspirational allotment for this year’s Show. ‘The Pied Piper’s Magical Garden of Herbs, Fruit, Flowers and Vegetables’ will encourage children and adults alike to get their hands dirty. Everyone will be encouraged to sow seeds, plant vegetables and generally enjoy being ‘hands on’ in the garden.

Cheshire Schools Growing Competition

Cheshire primary schools will produce their very own ‘Beautiful Butterflies & Busy Bees’ containers to be exhibited at the Show. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite during the show week.

RHS National Flower Bed Competition

A favourite attraction, this competition, which is open to local authorities, communities and colleges across the country, offers some of the most fun and exciting exhibits for children to enjoy. From a Mini to a Lancaster Bomber, a celebration of a Victorian day at the seaside to Frankenstein’s monster, this year’s flower bed designs know no bounds, children will marvel at these spectacular floral creations.

Countries of the World Front to Front Gardens

Children from local schools bring an international flavour to the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, transporting visitors to Countries of the World, the theme for this year’s Front to Front Gardens. Twenty-six schools from the North West are taking part, and with countries from France to Cuba, Antarctica to Argentina providing inspiration, the gardens are sure to dazzle. See if you can spot which country the garden represents before you look at the sign!

Happy Rabbit Valley NSPCC Garden

The NSPCC's Happy Rabbit Valley gardenHappy Rabbit Valley is a ‘fantasy’ garden designed to appeal to children and adults alike. The garden features rabbits and their brightly coloured ‘rabbit houses’ in a setting of vegetable patches and ponds.

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