RHS Tatton Park 2015

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For the 3rd year I have been the official RHS press photographer at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2015.

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Set in the park’s magnificent parklands, the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park is the regions celebration of the best in gardening. A fabulous day out for the whole faily, not just for plant lovers. The show is laid out into three zones, each with its own distinctive theme and flavour. The GROW zone is a plant-lovers paradise with so much to see and do. Surround yourself with beauty in the magnificent floral marquee and lively Plant Village; gain top tips from the experts on the RHS Potting Benches and see if you agree with the judges on the show’s famous flowerbed competition and amazing show

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gardens. Fire your imagination in the INSPIRE zone, from the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition to a spectacular set of show gardens based on Light. For a real insight into the world of floristry, try the Floral Design Studio. It’s alive with dramatic exhibits, practical demonstrations and workshops. FEAST celebrates every aspect of growing your own. Explore the Great British Allotments and the RHS Summer Fruit and Veg Pavilion, get your hands dirty with our have-a-go features and savour the wonderful flavours and recipe ideas from the Great Taste Market and Cookery Theatre. Edible at its most incredible.

Tatton RHS Flower Show 2015

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About RHS:

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 in London, England, as the Horticultural Society of London, and gained its present name in a Royal Charter granted in 1861. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity and claims to be “the world’s largest gardening charity”. The RHS quotes it’s charitable purpose as “The encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches”.

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The charity promotes horticulture through flower shows such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, RHS Tatton Park Flower Show and RHS Cardiff Flower Show. It also supports training for professional and amateur gardeners.

Samia Ghadie visits Tatton Park for RHS Flower Show

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In 2002, the RHS took over the administration of the Britain in Bloom competition from the Tidy Britain Group (formerly and subsequently Keep Britain Tidy). In 2010, The Society launched ‘It’s your neighbourhood’, a campaign to encourage people to get involved in horticulture for the benefit of their community. In 2014, the ‘Britain in Bloom’ celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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About Tatton Park:

Tatton Park is a historic estate in Cheshire, England, to the north of the town of Knutsford. It contains a mansion, Tatton Hall, a manor house dating from medieval times, Tatton Old Hall, gardens, a farm and a deer park of 2,000 acres. It is a popular visitor attraction and hosts over 100 events annually. The estate is owned by the National Trust, who administer it jointly with Cheshire East Council. Since 1999 it has hosted an annual horticultural show.

Small garden

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There is evidence of human habitation in the area of the estate going back to the Iron Age. In medieval times the village of Tatton was on the site. This has since disappeared but the area of the village and its roadways are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. By the end of the 15th century the estate was owned by the Stanley family who built and occupied the Old Hall. By the 1580s this building had been enlarged and it was owned by the Brereton family. In 1598 the estate was bought by Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Chancellor of England. Sir Thomas and his children rarely visited the estate and it was loaned to tenants. At the end of the 17th century the estate was owned by John Egerton, Sir Thomas’ grandson, who built a new house on the site of the present mansion, some 0.75 miles to the west of the Old Hall. This mansion, Tatton Hall, was extensively altered and extended between 1780 and 1813. In 1795 the estate covered 251,000 acres. The estate remained in the ownership of the Egerton family until the last Lord Egerton died without issue in 1958. He left the house to the National Trust and gave them the park in lieu of death duties. However, as the estate itself was sold by his executors, Cheshire County Council committed to a 99-year lease in place of an endowment to ensure that it was preserved for the benefit of the nation. The Trust’s ownership (run now by Cheshire East Council) is some 2,000 acres. The Hall and Park have been developed into a visitor attraction on an increasingly commercial basis, which has caused significant controversy in particular with the recent BeWilderWood proposals

About The National Trust:

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as the National Trust, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Trust does not operate in Scotland, where there is an independent National Trust for Scotland. The trust was founded in 1895 and given statutory powers, starting with the National Trust Act 1907. Historically the Trust tended to focus on English country houses, which still make up the largest part of its holdings, but it also protects historic landscapes such as in the Lake District, historic urban properties, and nature reserves.

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The Trust describes itself as “a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces — for ever, for everyone.”

The trust owns many heritage properties, including historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments and social history sites. It is one of the largest landowners in the United Kingdom, owning many beauty spots, most of which are open to the public free of charge. It is the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom, and one of the largest UK charities by both income and assets.


Image 1 Jonathan Barton as the Hermit Gardener an a grade by Cheshire Gardens of Distinction.

Image 2 Floral display by local florists.

Image 3 Aaron Ward , gardener , in China – Mother of Gardens.

Image 4 Helena Gale-Hasleham as Titania from William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Helena works for Cheshire Gardens of Distinction.

Image 5 A pregnant Samia Ghadie of ITV soap Coronation Street official guest at the show

Image 6 Dan Newby with Aurora Arborer.

Image 7 The award winning The Perennial Garden.

Image 8 The Road to Wigan Pier. Wigan rugby player Kieran Sherratt visits the display.


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