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Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

22nd July to 25th July - Report plus photos.

We went on the Thursday the weather was dry with sunny periods and an occasional cool breeze. A huge show and we arrived at 10am as the gates opened so had a lot of space for a while till it got busy. From the north you're signposted off the M6 at Junction 20 and it's a good road all the way, traffic was good earlier as well. There is an amazing amount of stuff going on, too much to mention.

We heard on Radio Lancashire that Preston had won a Gold Medal for their Rorke's Drift display based on the true story of George Smith buried in Preston Cemetary. A card stated:

'The flower bed was created to provide a floral representation of the famous 1879 battle of the defence of Rorke's Drift in Natal, South Africa during the Anglo-Zulu War when the British held out against an overwhelming Zulu force, an action that saw eleven Victoria Crosses awarded to honour bravery in battle. Much of the inspiration for the design was drawn from the story fo the Revererend George Smith, an army chaplain who was commended for his actions in the battle. Reverend Smith spent the latter part of his career at Fulwood Barracks in Preston. He is buried in Preston Cemetery.

Display designed by Alan Rampling, Brian McNeill and Tony Lewis. RHS Gold Medal Winner 2015.'

Preston win Gold Medal with Rourke's Drift at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

The Gold Medal and images of George Smith and the painting of the battle.

Preston win Gold Medal with Rourke's Drift at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

Preston win Gold Medal with Rourke's Drift at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

We saw a crowd and headed that way as you do. It was Joe Swift of BBC Gardeners' World talking about one of the garden displays.

Joe Swift at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

Looking a bit further there was another crowd to see Monty Don of BBC Gardeners' World. Amazing what a ruffled style in a baggy blue cotton suit with braces can do to the ladies. Monty is a soothing character unfortunately Nigel wasn't with him.

Monty Don at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

Manchester Art School had created a mirrored shed made of acrylic as an exercise in hidden sheds. To cap it they mirrored the inside and fitted strange lights. It was a freakily invisible shed, brilliant.

The mirrored shed at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

The Lost Garden on display at Manchester Art Gallery was at Tatton.

The Lost Garden Manchester, at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

Robinson's Mammoth Onion of Forton between Preston and Lancaster won their usual Gold Medal for a magnificent display of vegetables. Click here to see their displays since 2006 on our Food page.

Robinson's Gold Medal at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

The Fruit Trug always looks delicious. A grower from Nottingham won Gold. Wonderful.

Gold Medal Fruit Trug at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

Grand Design or not? A car port with greenery on top and an electric car. The car port looks great. Tempting.

Green Car Port and Car at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

The Vegetable Society did an imaginative display with a Magna Carta made of small Cauliflowers.

Vegetable Society Magna Carta at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

The school displays are always interesting and this one of the Legend of the Winwick Pig caught attention. Legend says tht King Oswald of Northumbria died in battle in 642AD. Travellers would leave tributes to him on a stone that marked the spot were died. It was decided to build a new church in Winwick and one night a pig ran from the site and moved all the stones to where Oswald had died. The pig was carved into the stone of the church and in 14th century it was rebuilt using the same stone and there is a carving of the pig. The village is Winwick near Warrington. A story to rival Peppa.

Legend of the Winwick Pig at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

The huge Floral Marquee has flowers of all descriptions. Lilies, richly scented.

Scented floral display at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015

Added interest is supplied by the passing flights from Manchester Airport. Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 departing in the morning.

Singapore Airlines flying over Tatton Park RHS Show 2015


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