RHS Young Designer 2017 Announced at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

24-year-old Ula Maria from Northampton has been awarded a Gold medal and the coveted title of RHS Young Designer at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park.

Returning for its ninth year, the competition’s theme was inspired by ever increasing working hours. Highlighting the creative and mindful benefits of green spaces, three finalists were selected to design a Show Garden demonstrating what the fusion of garden and office means to them.

Her winning garden ‘Studio Unwired’ was designed as a contemporary outdoor hot-desk office within an urban setting. Creating a space that combines tranquillity with a rustic elegance, the garden is designed to transport users out of the crowded and conventional office space into a serene, earthy environment.
On being crowned as RHS Young Designer 2017, Ula said: “I’m so happy and incredibly proud to have taken part in this competition. It has been such an exciting and inspirational experience to be a part of it and amazing to have the opportunity to do what you really love. I still can’t believe it and I’m so thankful to everyone who helped on the garden.”

Fellow finalist Jake Curley (25) also received an RHS Gold medal for his garden ‘Business and Pleasure’, which was inspired by the New York-style rooftops and highline typical of urban environments. Meanwhile 27-year-old Anca Panait’s ‘Prospect and Refuge’ garden was awarded Silver-Gilt, and offers an enclosed escape from the outside world, using height variations to buffer city noise, creating a space for quiet, undisturbed work.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has become synonymous with budding new talent with previous finalists going on to design at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Hugo Bugg and Sam Ovens, who also won a Gold Medal at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year. RHS Young Designer 2016 winner Caitlin McLaughlin also secured a Gold working with multi-award winning designer Sarah Eberle on an exhibit for nursery giant Hilliers at RHS Chelsea in May, while finalist Kate Saville and 2015 winner Tamara Bridge created the Jo Whiley Scent Garden as part of the Show’s BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Gardens’.
Continuing the theme of youth in horticulture, the RHS Young Landscape Contractor (supported by BALI) and RHS Young Planting Designer 2017 competition also returned to the show for its second year to challenge Young Landscape Contractors and Young Planting Designers to work together and deliver a Garden showcasing their skills. The 2017 winning title of RHS Young Landscape Contractor was awarded to Elliott Hood (26), and RHS Young Planting Designer to Ben Poulter (25) for their coastal retreat, ‘Chaos to Coastline Coastal Garden’.

Tickets are still available for RHS Tatton Park which runs until Sunday 23 July. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.

Fryer’s Roses, owned by Blue Diamond, launches a new rose at RHS Tatton Flower Show

Fryer’s Roses, part of the Blue Diamond Group of garden centres, the third largest garden centre retail group in the UK, will be launching a new rose at this year’s RHS Tatton Flower Show on behalf of the former and current Mayor of Knutsford called “The Mayor”.

The Mayor is a pretty vintage pink and gold blend floribunda rose that will continue to bloom throughout the summer. It has semi-double blooms that open to attract bees. The blooms have a light fragrance.

With dark, shiny leaves and a neat bushy habit, to a height of approximately 60-80cm, this rose will make a perfect addition to any garden.

£1 from every sale of this rose will be donated by Fryer’s Roses and Blue Diamond to charities nominated by the Mayor of Knutsford.

“Both the previous Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Jan Nicholson, and I are honoured that there is a rose from Knutsford’s very own Fryer’s Roses being named “The Mayor”. Fryer’s Roses plays a big part of Knutsford’s history, having been here since 1912, and we are delighted that Blue Diamond Garden Centres are so supportive of the town and will be donating £1 to the Mayors’ charities for every rose sold.” The quote from the Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes:

“The Mayor” rose is available to order now.

Order at Stand FM74 and PV 710 at the RHS Tatton Flower Show, buy online by visiting www.fryers-roses.co.uk or telephone Fryer’s Roses on 01565 755455. Bare root roses can be purchased at a cost of £12 per rose (excluding delivery). Potted roses are £17.99 per rose (excluding delivery). Delivery charges apply. Please see our website for details.

Bare root roses will be dispatched from November 2017 onwards. Potted roses will be dispatched from April 2018.

The rose will also be available to buy from any Blue Diamond Garden Centre from April 2018 onwards priced at £17.99 (per potted rose), whilst stocks last.

A donation of £1.00 from each rose sold by Fryer’s Roses/Blue Diamond will be donated to charities nominated by the Mayor.

Health, Happiness and Horticulture

rhs logo 2015Health, happiness and horticulture is a theme running across the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park (20 – 24 July) this year, with several gardens that demonstrate the positive impact of gardening and green spaces on our health and wellbeing.

‘Never Forget – Never Again’, by Hampshire designer Carolyn Harden is a place for ex-military personnel suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and their families. The garden offers a calm space for relaxation and contemplation away from the chaos of daily life, a peaceful place within nature to deal with harmful thoughts. It is also intended as a platform to highlight mental illness encountered by ex-military after their service has ended.

RHS Tatton Park welcomes Cheshire’s HMP and YOI Styal for their fifth Show Garden ‘Pulling Back Time’. A poignant design from the all-female prisoners focuses on how gardening can provide an opportunity to reflect on the future. The educational and rehabilitative benefits of gardening within a prison environment are also celebrated. The prisoners express a sense of pride and achievement in seeing the final outcome of their design and also credit the overall experience – from initial design to planting – as having a substantial impact on their mind-set and health.

rhs tatton park header‘Ace Kids Spectrum of Genius’, a garden in the new Evolution category, conveys a personal story of the designer’s autistic son and his interaction with her sensory garden design. Inspired by the book ‘Different Like Me: My book of Autism Heroes’, Cheshire’s Shea O’Neill has created a calm space for children on the spectrum and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of horticultural therapy for people with autism and show how to incorporate autism-friendly gardening in outdoor spaces.

The 6x4m designs in the Back to Back Gardens also promote the relationship between green spaces, gardening and health. ‘The Waiting List’, by Berkshire-based designer Alison Galer is a calm space with warm colours and gently flowing water for patients on the waiting list for kidney transplants. The garden is set in the grounds of a hospital, a place where patients can speak with their care professionals. Local designer Nathan Webster’s garden ‘Sitting Below the Mulberry Tree’ highlights the benefits of an outdoor space as a place to escape the stresses of living with an illness.

Isobel Coulter, RHS Deputy Show Manager, said: “Plants do more good for the heart and soul than they are sometimes given credit for and the power of horticulture to heal is a message we want to get out to as many people as possible because in uncertain and challenging times like these, a garden can make us feel that little bit better.”

The show will run from 20 to 24 July, for further information, please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/tatton

Imagination Ignites across RHS Flower Shows for 2016

rhs logo 2015The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is working with UK nurseries across all major RHS Flower Shows in 2016 to fire up imagination and display plants in new ways. Award-winning garden designer Kate Gould will be mentoring 15 growers* during the show season to help put their creative ideas into practice.

Taking the first steps into spring, a selection of nurseries will first display their new designs at RHS Flower Show Cardiff, before going on to RHS Malvern Spring Festival, RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and finally at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in July.

Nurseries from across the UK will participate, including Cornwall-based Trecanna, T3 Plants in Herefordshire, and Tinnisburn Plants from Dumfriesshire. All the growers in the project will be crafting their own fresh, eye-catching and innovative displays to best exhibit the allure of their plants.

As well as the creative challenges posed by the different design concepts, nurseries also face testing conditions individual to each show, from having to dual-manage the prime cultivation season in April, to non-stop shows throughout the summer months, and end-of-season plant choices in July.

On her role as mentor, Kate Gould said: “It was amazing to be asked. I think the RHS creative mentoring project is a brilliant idea as the shows are fundamentally about the plants, and the guys in the marquees bring the real magic. What I’ve found especially interesting is how open minded and inventive the growers’ designs are – I might suggest something slightly outrageous and they go, ‘Yes, that’s great! We can do that!’ As a designer that’s great for me, to bounce ideas off people and have them bounce back – especially a nursery, as I’m learning a lot from them as well.

“As a mentor,’ said Kate, “my role really is to fine-tune their ideas and be able to facilitate what they want to do and criticise constructively from a design point of view. For example, when you build a Show Garden you do it as you never would in the real world; so having done that, I know how to make the most of limited time to create a believable effect. We didn’t have to grow the plants for our Show Gardens, and it’s growing that’s the really challenging bit. The growers are so creative with their designs – I think ‘my goodness where did that come from, why didn’t I think of that?’ Maybe I should start growing myself!”

The RHS creative mentoring project was launched in 2015, with 14 nurseries being awarded Silver-Gilt or Gold medals for their new approaches to design. At RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Drointon Nurseries from North Yorkshire used mirrors and themed theatres to great effect in showing their Primula auricula, while bulb specialist Jacques Armand created an extravagant firework display using Eremurus and Allium at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Young Talent Continues to Bloom at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

rhs logo 2015Entering into its eighth year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year Competition continues to provide a platform for young horticultural talent at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (20 – 24 July).

The competition gives aspiring garden designers aged 28 years and under the chance to kick-start their careers, gain exposure at a prestigious RHS Flower Show and compete for the coveted title. This year three finalists have been selected to design a Show Garden based on the theme of Health, Happiness and Horticulture.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is renowned for nurturing new talent, with previous finalists going on to display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Hugo Bugg and Sam Ovens, who is designing his first Show Garden for this year’s world-famous flower show in May.

rhs tatton park 2016 young designerEach designer has begun planning their gardens with expert mentorship, advice and support from established garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, using a grant of £12,000 to bring their designs to life.

Caitlin McLaughlin, 25 from Northampton has created ‘Nature & Nurture’, inspired by the hedgerows and wildflower meadows across the UK. The garden represents an urban nature reserve, creating a calm space for people to relax in the city, and plays on its title to combine nature conservation with human health and wellbeing, emphasising the physical and mental benefits of green spaces.

28-year-old Gloucestershire-based designer Robin Dwiar’s garden combines country and city life, by providing an urban oasis ideal for losing yourself in memories and settling the mind. Mixing elements of the clients’ new life in the city with their old one in the country, ‘A Home from Home’ takes inspiration from modern urban square design, while also using imagined elements from the clients’ spiritual home in the countryside to remind them of home and provide an escape to busy city life.

And finally, Lilly Gomm, 26 from London presents ‘A Space to Ruminate’, a garden with a fully exposed front area to create the perception of a terraced house before transforming the view from indoor to outdoor living. Through a wooden pergola and reclaimed scaffolding path, visitors will be drawn to an edible kitchen garden containing seasonal produce, positioned beside a private seating area trailing with hops; a perfect place to sit and relax with a glass of freshly picked mint tea.

Mentor Paul Hervey-Brookes said: “I am thrilled to be mentoring the RHS Young Designer of the Year for a third time – this competition is highly respected in the industry and has produced some amazing new young talent. This year is no exception and I am excited about the gardens that will be produced.”

In addition to designing their own Show Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, the finalists will also work together to build a main feature garden at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza (1 – 2 April 2016). The garden will be designed as an outdoor office, demonstrating the beneficial impact of horticulture on overall health and happiness in the workplace.

Tickets are now available for the 2016 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park on 20 – 24 July.

2016 RHS Flower Show Tickets on Sale

rhs logo 2015Public tickets for The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) 2016 Flower Shows* go on sale today, 1 December 2015. RHS member’s tickets went on sale on 1 November, giving members an exclusive opportunity to buy tickets ahead of today.

Ticket prices range from just £8 to £70 with discounts and Early Bird booking options for RHS members, as well as Kids go free** to the RHS Flower Shows at Cardiff, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park.
The RHS stages an unrivalled series of world-leading flower shows throughout the year, running from mid-February right through to mid-December. Each with its own distinct character, the shows bring together new and established talent, feature sensational displays and innovative garden design, and bring the joy of gardening to millions of visitors. RHS Shows are just one of the ways the society champions the RHS Vision which aims to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

rhs strap shows 2016For a full list of RHS Shows please visit: www.rhs.org.uk/showdates2016.

For further information and to purchase tickets please visit www.rhs.org.uk/shows or call 0844 338 7546 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Budding Gardeners Take Inspiration from British Life and Culture at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

rhs logo 2015With the task of representing elements of social folklore or heritage, the gardens created by the 12 primary schools will transport adults and children alike to a world of fantasy, with Whirley Primary School’s ‘Cheshire Cat’-inspired display, Ladywood School’s ‘Leprechauns’-led offering, and St Catherine’s Primary School’s ‘Fairy Rings’ sure to raise a smile. For the budding high school gardeners, this year’s theme is industrial heritage, with Wilmslow High School drawing on the distinctive features of the ‘Quarry Bank Mill’, and Wellacre Academy taking nearby industrial estates as a starting point for their ‘Trafford Park’ garden.

In addition to the student Show Gardens, a special Garden Feature entitled ‘You Are Not Having Your Ball Back’, will also be created by Oaklands School. Themed on the Rugby World Cup – which takes place in the UK this year – the garden will even play host to the hallowed Webb Ellis Cup trophy itself.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park  Tuesday 22/7/14 Gardening expert Rachel de Thame with a carnival troop in front of the Flowery Ferris wheel to mark the opening of the Great Garden Festival Credit - RHS / Mark Waugh

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
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Gardening expert Rachel de Thame with a carnival troop in front of the Flowery Ferris wheel to mark the opening of the Great Garden Festival
Credit – RHS / Mark Waugh

The result of months of planning by the students, these magical displays demonstrate the talent and horticultural passion of the school teams, rendered imaginatively across 3 x 3m (primary school) or 4 x 4m (secondary school) plots. With focus on learning sound horticultural skills, the schools are offered a representative taste of what it takes to produce a RHS medal-worthy show garden, and have just two days on site to build and plant their designs ready for judging. The results are bright, quirky, and showcase a number of skills, from the maths required to calculate costs for materials and dimensions, to design technology wizardry needed to produce props, backdrops and accompanying information leaflets.

Regarded as one of the highlights of the North’s summer calendar, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has a fantastic reputation for nurturing young talent and providing a platform for aspiring designers to show their expertise. In the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition this year, three up-and-coming designers take on the challenge of creating Show Gardens. Josh Chapman, Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge will create gardens with an English Country Garden theme, set alongside 14 Show Features and 29 Show Gardens spread across the three zones of Grow, Inspire and Feast. This year, the Back to Back Gardens also make a welcome return with clever designs tailored to small spaces, alongside Blooming Beds, a new feature of gorgeous displays themed on the adventures of plant hunters.

RHS Young Designer of the Year finalists announced for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2015

rhs logoThe Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is giving three talented young designers the chance to demonstrate their take on an English country garden as part of the RHS Young Designer of the Year Competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (22 – 26 July).

The competition gives young inspiring garden designers, aged 28 years and under, the chance to kick-start their careers and gain exposure at a prestigious RHS Flower Show. This year’s quintessential theme of ‘An English Country Garden’ allows designers to use English country garden style as inspiration to create their own Show Garden, and compete for the title of RHS Young Designer of the Year.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is known for nurturing new talent, with previous finalists going on to display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Hugo Bugg, the youngest designer ever to create a Gold medal-winning Show Garden, and Tony Woods, who was recently commissioned to design a 150th anniversary Roof Garden on the top of John Lewis in Oxford Street, London.

Each designer has already begun planning their gardens with expert mentorship, advice and support from established garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, utilising a grant of £12,000 to bring their dream English country garden to life.

The first featured designer, Josh Chapman, from the Yorkshire Dales, will be taking key elements from English country gardens for a charming space named ‘The Perfect Lawn’, with extensive flowering borders and seats of crisp green turf. Sweeping access paths will lead through frothy plantings of perennials and grasses to the pavilion seating area, with a relaxed and calming atmosphere created by a semi-enclosed space and reflective water.

Kate Savill, originally from Cornwall, is the second featured designer. She became interested in gardening as a child, helping her parents transform wild coastal areas into beautiful family gardens. Inspired by a contemporary take on traditional physic gardens of medieval England, her garden ‘Time is a Healer’ journeys through from exposed surroundings to a natural safe haven in the centre, offering a serene and protective space for engagement and contemplation.

The third designer, Norfolk-based Tamara Bridge, will be creating a garden for glorious summer evenings and the setting sun, titled ‘The Sunset Garden’. The layout of her garden with informal, evocative planting will mirror golden summer evenings near the Norfolk coast. Gilded arches will shimmer with yellow and blue as you walk, with lavender brushing your legs and scent filling the air. This blissful retreat will transport you to the sky and yet allow you to sit peacefully with your garden all around.

In addition to designing their own Show Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, the RHS is setting a group challenge for the finalists to work together to build a main feature garden at the RHS Great London Plant Fair (14 – 15 April 2015). The garden will be a front garden, measuring 6 x 10 metres and suitable for parking a car but also a beneficial and beautiful living outdoor space that serves to benefit the environment, reduce flood risk and increase biodiversity.

Tickets are now available for the 2015 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park on 22 – 26 July.

Award winning talent at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

rhs logoGarden designers Amanda Waring and Laura Arison have been rewarded at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (23 – 27 July) as the awards for some of the best standards in horticulture are announced.

Maggie’s Forest Garden which features layers of planting within a forest setting was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and Best Show Garden. Reaseheath College was also awarded an RHS Gold medal for their community garden A taste of Wythenshawe bringing together innovative and creative ways of growing edible plants.

Within the Floral Marquee, 35 exhibitors received RHS Gold medals for their displays. Pheasant Acre Plants was awarded the title of Best Exhibit in the RHS Floral Marquee for their display of Gladioli. Reaseheath College added to their medal tally with a Silver-Gilt and the award of RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year 2014. The college will now go on to compete in the finals of RHS Floristry College of the Year 2015 at RHS Chelsea next year.

Within the Floral Marquee, 35 exhibitors received RHS Gold medals for their displays. Pheasant Acre Plants was awarded the title of Best Exhibit in the RHS Floral Marquee for their display of Gladioli. Reaseheath College added to their medal tally with a Silver-Gilt and the award of RHS Tatton Park Floristry College of the Year 2014. The college will now go on to compete in the finals of RHS Floristry College of the Year 2015 at RHS Chelsea next year.

Alex Denman, Head of RHS Shows Development, said ‘The floral displays at this year’s show are simply stunning. We have such a wealth of exhibitors, including new nurseries, and fantastic displays in the floral marquee. It’s very easy to lose yourself in sea of Fuschias, Begonias and of course award winning Gladioli”

The Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio award was won by the Cheshire Area of Nafas who also achieved an RHS Gold Medal. Gold also went to the British Cactus and Succulent Society who were awarded the Best Exhibit in the National Plant Societies and Plant Heritage Marquee.

The award for Best Element Garden was presented to Joan Mulvenna and Andrew Lee for their garden, See the Wind. Inspired by the wind blowing across a field of barley in summer, the garden celebrates everything to do with this vital element. Elemental, from Ian Price, also received an RHS Gold Medal.

Dougal Philip, Chair of the RHS Show Garden Judging Panel, said: “The standard of the Show Gardens at this year’s show is very high, demonstrated by the high number of RHS Silver Gilt and Gold medals awarded to the gardens. They showed a lot of ambition, good planting and high quality hard landscaping. Every single garden will be a delight for the visitors to the show.’

GK Wilson Landscape Services Industrial Transitions, designed by Caroline Lord was awarded the title of Best Summer Garden. The garden was inspired by and celebrates Manchester’s rich industrial heritage. Both Summer Breeze designed by Clive Scott and Making Sense designed by Janet Leigh were two Summer Gardens awarded an RHS Silver Gilt medal.

Parish of St Helier was awarded Best Exhibit in the RHS National Flower Bed Competition for their display which is a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the state of New Jersey, USA.

The RHS Young Designer of the Year Award will be announced later today, Wednesday 23 July.

Tickets are still available for the Show which runs until Sunday 27 July. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton

Carnival Spirit brings gardens to life at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

rhs logoThe Carnival may be over for the England football team but that hasn’t stopped the Carnival spirit coming to the North East this year at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, which welcomes an array of eclectic carnival inspired events bursting with colour, designed to delight visitors and bring the festival spirit alive.From 22 to 26 July RHS Tatton Park, the highlight of the North’s gardening calendar, will return to Cheshire’s stunning thousand-acre deer park. Amongst the carnival inspired theme of this year’s show are pioneering and innovative gardens, which combined with food, shopping, crafts, music and fashion are sure to make the event a perfect summer day out for all.

Organised by Cabasa Carnival Arts, the Nort West’s leading carnival arts organisation, a lively floral carnival parade including performers in sik native butterfly costumes, floral umbrellas and percussion marching bands will bring the carnival to town by travelling throughout the show each day; the colourful floats designed to encourage visitors to join in the festivities and really help the carnival spirit come alive.

Local schools will also provide intricate floral displays in carnival inspired containers, and visitors can vote throughout the show for their favourite. As well as this, the RHS Flower Tatton Park Flower Show will once again be split into four distinctive zones:
Grow, Escape, Inspire and Feast. Each will feature a combination of gardens, plants, food and shopping to reflect the theme of the area, bringing together a range of traditional and contemporary gardens demonstrating the green-fingered skills of designers from around the UK.