Set in the beautiful surroundings of the historic estate at Tatton Park, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park offers something for all the family.
This year’s show is blooming with new features alongside the perennial favourites of striking gardens and spectacular floral displays. New for 2012 are the orchestra gardens, local schools are competing to fill trugs in the RHS Summer Fruit & Vegetable Competition and three young designers are battling it out to be named National Young Designer of the Year 2012. In the flower bed competition, entrants are marking the London Olympics with a ‘Celebration of Sport’ theme. See you at the show!
And to give kids a great day out and encourage them to get outside, be active, grow plants and discover nature this summer, the RHS is letting under 16 year olds visit for free.
Highlights for the family at this year’s show include:
- The Wonderful World of Growing feature aims to show children and adults how fulfilling it can be to grow your own fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, from sowing and potting, to enjoying the beautiful blooms and delicious fresh produce. The display by the Association of Manchester Allotment Societies (AMAS) includes vegetables and fruit, herbs for flavouring food and flowers to add colour and encourage wildlife, including bees and butterflies.
- Favourite children’s television programmes will be the theme for this year’s 22 local schools, from the North West, presenting Front to Front gardens at the Show. Children will be involved in the planning, growing and building stages of the gardens themes, geared around kids TV shows. The popular feature sees school children from the North West creating their very own 3m x 3m gardens.
- North West primary schools will be producing their very own ‘Jubilant Diamond Jubilee’ containers to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 year reign. There will be an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite colourful and attractive display during the show week.
- Primary and Secondary schools from around the North West will be growing to fill their fruit and vegetable trugs in this new competition, run in conjunction with the RHS Summer Fruit & Vegetable Competition. The children’s efforts will be judged by RHS Fruit &Vegetable judges and the criteria will focus on the best produced healthy vegetables.
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2012
Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 July
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Ticket prices range from £19.50-£23 and are on sale now. Children under 16 go free.
To buy tickets: www.rhs.org.uk or 0844 871 7661