Interplantatary Travel – A Flight of Fancy
Linking in with the Tatton Park Arts Biennial 2012, which has a theme of “Flights of Fancy”, the imaginative concept behind this garden is that the Tatton Park estate’s last owner sent plants not only around the world, but also to other worlds.
The Egerton family at Tatton collected plants and garden styles from many continents, including the famous Japanese Garden. Maurice, the last Baron Egerton, also sent plant material to other countries, including pea and bean cultivars to his estate in Kenya. He combined his passion for plants with his interests in exploration, early radio and cars, and was a pioneer aviator. So, why not take his story a step further and enjoy this show garden’s “Flight of Fancy” …?
A 1930s-style rocket has landed on a desolate planet. The rocket’s door has opened and a collection of plants from Tatton Park Gardens has spilled out, thriving in the barren conditions. A new world is born!