Since the RHS show first arrived at Tatton Park 14 years ago Tatton’s gardening team have been creating gardens that have met with admiration from both judges and visitors .. and this year is no exception with a silver gilt being added to their medal collection which already consists of over 20 medals.

tatton garden rhs 2012

The title of this year’s Cheshire East garden is Interplantatary Travel – A Flight of Fancy. It was inspired by Tatton Park Arts Biennial 2012 Flights of Fancy which runs until September 30 and explores Tatton’s aeronautical legacy and the idea of achieving the impossible. The history of Tatton Park and its owners plays an important role in the `plot’. The concept behind this year’s winning garden is that Maurice Egerton (4th and last Baron of Egerton of Tatton) sent plants from Tatton’s gardens not only to other countries in the world but also to other worlds.

The Egerton family at Tatton collected plants and garden styles from many continents whilst designing and developing their gardens at Tatton Park. The most striking and noteworthy examples include its famous Japanese garden and the fernery which houses plants brought from New Zealand and Australia in the 19th century.

Maurice, the last Baron Egerton, in combining his passion for plants with his interests in exploration, early radio and cars and aviation, also sent plant material to other countries, including pea and bean cultivars to his estate in Kenya.

The garden imagines that this practice went much further and in the 1930s Maurice employed a rocket carrying a selection of plants including varieties of peas and beans, New Zealand tree ferns, dahlias, cosmos and many other hot and vibrant coloured plants from his estate to outer space. The rocket lands on a desolate planet and a new world is created as these plants spill out from the rocket and go on to thrive in barren conditions

Tatton Park Head Gardener Simon Tetlow said: “We’re delighted to receive a silver gilt for this year’s garden. This is a particularly rewarding team effort given the weather elements we have had to face. We really allowed our imaginations to take off on this one having chosen to link it with the aeronautical theme of our arts Biennial. Seeing and hearing how well the garden is being received by the public is of course the best reward!

Tatton Park and Visitor Economy Manager, Brendan Flanagan said: “It is particularly pleasing for us to win a medal for this show garden through which we interpret the theme of our 3rd Tatton Park arts Biennial – Flights of Fancy. The Biennial is just one of the Tatton Vision’s exciting developments we are set to deliver over the next few years to ensure Tatton Park presents the best possible visitor experience”.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. By 2016/17 it is expected that over 1 million visitors a year will enjoy this experience. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit

For further information about this release contact: 

Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department

Tel: 01625 374417 / Email:

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 750,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant and year-round events programme.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

18 – 22 July 2012.  Members’ Day 18 July. Ladies’ Day 19 July.

10am-6.30pm (5pm on 22 July).  Public in advance £23, RHS members in advance £19.50.  Wednesday Members’ day £25.50.  For more information call 0844 8713 079 or visit

RHS press contacts: Caroline Brown or Ellie Hughes at Colman Getty on Tel: 020 7631 2666 / email or

Photographs of the 2011 RHS flower shows are available to download at (register online free of charge).

Tatton Park Biennial: Contemporary art at Tatton Park

12 May – 30 Sep

Every other year new work is commissioned from established and emerging artists, inspired by and for Tatton Park.  Previous Biennials took place in 2008 and 2010 to critical and public acclaim. In 2012 the Biennial theme is Flights of Fancy and examines the human urge to fly and the aeronautical legacy of Tatton Park and the region. For more information visit:



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