At the Tatton Park Flower Show

30 July 2013 | Posted in Gardening by

Great Eggspectations!At the Tatton Park Flower Show

The Home Guard-enerSet in the in the beautiful grounds of one of Britain's most historic estates, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a superb mix of great gardening inspiration with the relaxed feel of a garden party. As at Hampton Court this years Show at Tatton Park has been divided into four distinctive ‘zones' each with something special to tempt and tantalise  you.

The Edible MedleyGardens to Grow, Feast, Inspire and Escape to! 

The Stargazers Retreat‘Feast' Zone -was a celebration of everything 'Grow your Own'! Taking you on a journey from small edible plots to the Great British Allotment area featuring allotment gardens from a range of diverse origins each plot focusing on different skills and expertise so plenty of tips and ideas to think about, whether you are a novice or an ‘old hand'!

Of all the allotment gardens you might know I'd love this one! Great Eggspectations! celebrates everything I love about keeping chickens - not only the eggs but the hours of fun I get from their funny little ways (my husband says I have ‘funny little ways' too!) Read my Chickens in the Garden blog for more! The raised beds on this allotment are planted with vegetables Such as Swiss Chard, Oriental veg such as Pak Choi  and brassicas that chickens enjoy so they get to eat their 5-a-day greens too!

I also loved ‘The Home Guard-ener' - showing the way families had to rely on their gardens to feed themselves during the Second World War. I loved the Anderson Shelter and outside loo (I can remember when my granny had one at the bottom of her garden)!  All the plants used were authentic and available at this period in time.  

From the old to the new  - ‘The Edible Medley' brought together a modern feel to sustainable gardening by creating a medley of both ornamentals and edibles in a setting that was modern with geometric shapes but softened by swathes of colourful perennials and billowing grasses towards the boundaries and neat rows of veg standing to attention at the front. I particularly liked the Thyme growing between the pavers. 

 ‘Grow' Zone was the floral part of the show where you will find magnificent displays of plants both rare and familiar. There was a host of hands-on demonstrations where you could chat to leading nurserymen and RHS experts and spend your money on a whole host of must-have plants and gardening knick-knacks! ‘The Industrious Force of Nature' garden's theme is the journey of a disused mill from it's industrial past to a crumbling ruin at the mercy of nature. The iconic wooden water wheel grasses and perennials bring a wealth of wildlife to this former wasteland - truly inspiring.

 ‘Escape' Zone brought the utopia of country and coastal living within our grasp. With over 100 artists and craftspeople it gave you a taste of the seaside. The Horticultural Arts & Crafts Pavilion contained a unique collection of botanical art, ceramics and jewellery for our delight. ‘A Day at the Seaside' garden brought back the nostalgia of childhood day trips with sea, sand and dunes represented by tactile planting and superb use of texture and colour.

‘Inspire' Zone pushed the boundaries of garden design with cutting-edge ideas and concepts. I loved ‘The Star Gazer's Retreat' in this area which is a sedum-roofed observatory set in a woodland glade with nocturnal plants releasing their fragrance and stars reflected in the pool. Beautiful planting!

Whether you are a wannabe gardener looking for tips on gardening basics or a seasoned gardener just there for the sheer love of all things growing - it was all to be found at Tatton Park - so make sure you put it in your diary for next year!

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