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The 2011 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

We take a look at this year's highlights

Back to Back garden

The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, held in Cheshire, is one of the biggest gardening shows in the North. Running from 20th – 24th July, it’s seen as being the last major gardening event of the season. 

The fact it takes place right in the middle of summer means that it’s got a reputation of being full of summer colour that you may not see at the other shows. Here are some of the features at this year’s show:

Show gardens

More and more people are having a go at growing their own in recent years, and there are similar trends with people living in urban areas getting into gardening and wanting to be more wildlife-friendly too. Some of the gardens at Tatton have been designed to reflect those trends, with the use of wild flowers, fruit and veg and urban materials.

National Flowerbed Competition

If you’re interested in finding out more about how to welcome wildlife to your garden, starting your own design project or growing your own fruit and veg, why not read our free factsheets.

National Flowerbed Competition

The 14 flowerbed displays this year combine classic bedding plants with interesting centre-pieces, such as a train, the Blackpool Tower and a Lancaster Bomber.

Back to Back Gardens

There are several ‘Back to Back’ gardens designed to inspire those with a smaller outdoor space to be creative in.


Visionary Gardens

These gardens display a combination of conceptual art with garden design, ranging from a representation of a Rwandan refugees flight to freedom, to a visual portrayal of the way women are seen in today’s society.


RHS shows are great for picking up unique or unusual things for your garden. You can buy tools too, but before you visit any trade stands make sure you read our article on getting a bargain for the garden in the summer sales.

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