Tracy and I visited Tatton Park Flower show on friday 22nd July. It was a sunny morning but there was the risk of showers so we had to go prepared, that has been the story of this summer with sunshine and showers and today was no exception.
As usual are first port of call was the show gardens, the earlier you go the quieter they are so it makes sense to go there first. The main group of show gardens are situated around a clump of trees called Egerton clump, so you walk round in a circle.
The first garden we got to was called 'Perspective' by Chalon Kitchens which was dominated by two walls made from tree cuts which was very dynamic.
Walking round the clump the next garden was sponsored by Oxfam and called 'When the Waters Rise', highlighting how climate change is affecting food production and food growers around the world. Its main theme is how to cope with flooding.
Another slightly familiar type of garden was next on the tour, called 'Serenity' and quite a traditional looking garden. It was based on circles, with a circular lawn and patio which I liked and the planting was nice if a bit too neat for me.
The next garden was the Cancer Research UK garden which is highlighting the SHINE night-time sponsored walk through Manchester. It has some lovely dark and white planting with Nicotiana, Cosmos and Ajuga. I wasn't sure about the black brick walls .
The next three gardens were all part of the RHS National young designer of the year and the first was really good. More of a garden space than a proper garden but that was its aim. It was called 'A stitch in time saves nine' and was made up of criss-crossing paths interplanted with an apple tree and largely widlflowers and perennial planting underneath.
'On Moonlight Bay' is a very Mediterranean-like garden but reminds me of tacky holidays I'm afraid!
It didn't quite seem wild enough for how I imagined the garden.
The other garden near here was called 'Chocolate Orange' and with a name like that I was obviously l attracted to that one. It had a rich planting scheme of dark purple foliage and orange flowers, I wasn't quite sure about the hints of pink with some bright pink penstemons, which seemed to clash rather a lot. The good thing about this garden is that you could walk all the way round it.
Then there were two show gardens created by two famous gardens from the North-west, one by Sue Beesley who runs Bluebell Cottage gardens and nursery, this was another garden that you could walk through. It had a lovely sculpture in the centre and the planting is a mixture of perennials and grasses, especially the grass Calmagrostis x acutifolia 'Karl Foerster'.
Next to this a garden created by the head gardener at Tatton Park, Sam Youd and celebrates the centenary of the japanese garden at Tatton.
There were a couple that really stood out. One called Embrace which commerates St Ann's Hospice which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Took me a few minutes to figure out what the word said on the back of the wall.
But I loved the wood cut wall which you could sit on and the planting was lovely.
There was one for Manchester City, Manchester United, Blackpool and Liverpool. Can you guess which one was for which club?
Actually I didn't take a picture of the Man Utd garden!! But they were City, Blackpool and Liverpool. My favourite was the Liverpool garden especially the planting at the back and I liked the zigzag path of daisies.