- Immersive ‘Poisonous Garden’ full of deadly plants
- Sunshine field of over 5000 Rudbeckia
- NEW Flower School activity and workshop hub brimming with floral talks and advice
From 18-22 July, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park, supported by
Bruntwood, will return to Cheshire’s 1,000 acre Deer Park with a bumper year to celebrate the Show’s 20th anniversary, featuring an array of new content from the scary to the spectacular.
For the very first time, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park invites visitors to step inside ‘The Poisonous Garden’ and discover the gruesome and deadly nature of some of the UK’s best loved plants. Daring visitors can surround themselves with peril as plants and flowers drip from the ceiling in the ‘poison tunnel’ or get lured in by pretty plants that have a hidden deadly charm, such as toxic foxgloves and Angel’s Trumpet, which if ingested causes its victim to drift into a fatal sleep. Show goers will have the chance to get dangerously close to carnivorous plants and their prey, and learn more about the myths and folklore surrounding our ancient flora.
Created by the RHS and Gold medal winning designers Warnes McGarr, the plants will be safely housed in reused shipping containers each playing host to the different treacherous and peculiar plant subjects on display. Talks, tours and demonstrations will take place throughout the show courtesy of poisonous plant expert Michael Brown and ‘Mr Plant Geek’ Michael Perry.
Visitors will be offered a picture perfect opportunity to walk through a huge sunshine field of over 5000 Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun arranged in the shape of their extra-large daisy like flower. Also known as ‘Black-Eyed Susan’, this bright yellow flower with its ray like petals and dark centre will be grown by Coventry based Baginton Nurseries.
New for 2018, The Flower School offers a creative, hands-on experience with an array of talks and workshops on everything floral from flower crowns to growing your own cut flower patch. Florists and nurseries will be creating seven foot high flower towers, giving show goers the opportunity to vote for their favourite on social media throughout the week. Expert advice will be on hand from local growers Flowers from the Farm and Country Baskets, and florist to the stars Simon Lycett will host an interactive floristry demonstration, inviting members of the audience to join him in creating a florally fabulous installation in celebration of all things British.
Other highlights at the 20th anniversary Show include the new festival-themed Green Fields area full of family friendly entertainment, grow your own gardening and art inspired activities. The Flower Power Beds will mark the return of the North West’s much loved flower bed competition for one year only, with some of the most flamboyant and colourful planting visitors have ever seen. Friday 20 July will take full focus of the 20 year celebrations as a birthday party and colourful parade steal the Show.
Gardens of all shapes and sizes will once again adorn the showground including Show, Back to Back and the popular RHS Young Designer gardens, which celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. Other favourites being welcomed back to the show include the Feast Theatre, Floral Marquee, Country Living Pavilion and popular Bus Stop Boulevard, supported by Transport for Greater Manchester.
Isobel Coulter, RHS Tatton Park Show Manager says: ‘This year is set to be one of the most exciting we have ever seen at RHS Tatton Park as we celebrate a whopping 20 years of a colourful, friendly and fun day out! Full of innovative design, hands-on gardening, youth in horticulture, and some of the best growers in the country, 2018 encapsulates exactly what RHS Tatton is all about. We look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to join us for a bumper birthday celebration!’
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will run from 18 – 22 July. Tickets can be bought at www.rhs.org.uk/tatton