The Tatton Park Flower Show is an annual event first held in 1999 by the Royal Horticultural Society. Held in Tatton Park, near Knutsford Cheshire the show houses the RHS National Flower Bed Competition, and a wide range of show gardens, smaller ‘Back to Back’ 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.
The Tatton Park Flower Show is also just 10 miles down the road from the Cornerstones Guest House an independent family run Guest House that’s been offering bed and breakfast accommodation in Sale, Manchester, for the last 25 years.
The high ceilings and large individually decorated rooms in this Victorian building, offer spacious accommodation in cosy, comfortable surroundings, together with a traditional English breakfast and lashings of tea and coffee to start yur day. Located on the main A56 Cornerstones is also just six miles from the city centre and a five minute walk from Manchester’s Metro Line at Brooklands Station; which makes it an ideal location to visit both venues over the weekend.
Tickets for this years show are now on sale at Tatton Park it’s self and also through the Royal Horticultural Society, you can buy your tickets online now or call 0844 338 7505 (overseas visitors call +44 121 767 4063). For group tickets, please call 020 7492 1616 or book online for groups.
Some of the Highlights from 2010
Entering your local show can be a fun way to expand your knowledge of growing. And when it comes to growing for shows Colin Spires has been there, done it, and judged it too. He’s even written the book – literally!
Colin, vice-chairman of the RHS Fruit Veg and Herb Committee, was in charge of revising the RHS Horticultural Show Handbook. “We wanted to make it easy to understand for both judges and exhibitors,” said Colin, “so we’ve included advice as well as diagrams to explain more obscure terms or even types of daffodil.”
If the Campaign for Plain English ever needed an ambassador then Colin Spires would make a great one. “One of the first things we changed was how we named things. Apples used to be called by their Latin name in the Handbook – Malus domestica. But you don’t go into a greengrocer and ask for a pound of Malus domestica! Everybody calls them ‘apples’ so that’s how you’ll find them in the handbook too.”
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