RHS Flower Show Tatton Park episode 1 : Arit Anderson and Adam Frost introduce this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. With help from the team of garden experts, they bring us the blooming best of the show – all under the theme of ‘flower power’.
Rachel De Thame sees how the spectacular contemporary floral displays of Fleur de Villes are created. Frances Tophill harnesses the power of trees for our health and well-being. Mark Lane joins the nursery team who have created a completely white garden display. We also meet the first of the designers hoping to win the coveted RHS Young Designer of the Year competition.
And never shying away from their own competition, our presenters go head-to-head to create their own ‘presenter’s patch’, to be judged by Carol Klein.
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park episode 1
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park held at Tatton Park, near Knutsford, Cheshire, first began in 1999 by the Royal Horticultural Society. The show houses the RHS National Flower Bed Competition, Young Designer of the Year Award and a wide range of inspirational show gardens, smaller ‘Back to Back’ gardens, visionary gardens and a number of marquees displaying prize plants and flora exhibits. Other key features of the show are the floral marquee and plant plaza, the arts and heritage pavilion, and the floral design studio.
By the mid-1990s the Society’s confidence in its abilities at staging regional shows had improved, and Council was considering the creation of purely RHS shows in the more far-flung regions. By 1996 negotiations were under way with Tatton Park in Cheshire, and with Strathclyde Council in Scotland. The Island, a 19-acre (77,000 m2) site between the River Clyde and Strathclyde Loch, in Strathclyde County Park, southeast of Glasgow, was chosen as the site for a show. Stephen Bennett was quoted as saying, ‘We have long known that Scotland has enormous potential for a show of international standing, and response to the concept has been overwhelming’. The target was 50,000 visitors in the first year.
Scotland’s National Gardening Show was launched in 1997, and billed as the largest flower show in Scotland since the Glasgow Garden Festival of 1988. It was publicised with a special issue of The Garden devoted to Scottish themes, and the first year was seen as a great success, with 260 exhibitors and 47,000 visitors. Over 40 per cent of the exhibitors were Scottish, and most of them had never appeared before at an RHS show. Exhibits included a Robert Fortune garden, sponsored by Christian Aid Scotland, devoted to plants that he had introduced; a mining garden; a small wildlife garden from Scottish Natural Heritage; and an exhibit recreating the centre of Inverness, planted with alpines.
In its second year (1998) exhibitor numbers rose to 300, but attendance fell to 43,000, largely because of adverse weather.