Tatton Park in pictures
Show highlights of the 2017 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Future Spaces Gardens
Exciting, conceptual and forward-thinking designs that take inspiration from smart cities, urban greening, fresh community spaces, technological advances or simply an innovative way of growing in the city. Top – Cactus Direct 2101, a garden designed to meet the challenge of climate change. Above left – the Mid Cheshire Remember Me Garden, designed to symbolise the journey of a person with dementia and help aid conversation and understanding of the condition. Above right – The Live Garden, designed to make the most of the space by creating a garden on three levels.
Fabulous Floral Designs
The Floral Design Studio was the place to find fantastic and inspirational floral design displays with vibrant colours and expressive style. Professional florists, floral artists and floral arrangers showcased the very best in UK floristry here. Also not to be missed were the entries in the RHS Future Florists competition, all vying for a place in the final at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Bus Stop Boulevard
Our very own RHS street – Bus Stop Boulevard – with some very special bus stops, designed to be decorative as well as practical. The Growing Oldham, Feeding Ambition bus stop pictured here demonstrated how many edible plants can be grow in a small upright space, while the solar-powered fridge was part of a campaign to help eradicate food waste. Visitors also enjoyed a rainbow of plants on the Pride in Manchester bus stop, and the mini art gallery and garden at Growing Seeds of Inspiration.
New at the show for 2017 was the Butterfly Dome. This was your chance to get up close to these beautiful creatures as they flew freely around the dome, which was filled with exotic plants to emulate the Indonesian and South American habitats of the species on show here. A great opportunity for keen photographers to get some super snaps as the butterflies rested on the jungle-like foliage or stopped to feed on fruit at one of the feeding stations.
You could hardly miss these giant insects as you walked around the show! If you were following the family trail with younger visitors (which was free from the show guides stands) you were led to each of these giant willow creations, including a woven willow bee, 5m (16ft) tall spider sculpture and this lovely ladybird. There were lots more activities for children at the show.
Well done to Glazebury C of E Primary School, which won best Primary School Garden with its depiction of the rat from the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The theme of this year's School Gardens was animals in children's books, and other subjects included Hedwig the owl from Harry Potter and Toad from Wind in the Willows.
Sculpture at Tatton
The flowers weren't the only stars of the show here at Tatton! Some showstopping sculpture was on display around the showground including this abstract design by Andrew Lee, these stunning giant glass flowers, and this fabulous bird of prey by Lindsay Waring.
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