With childhood stories and festival-inspired competitions, there’s something in the air at the Great Garden Carnival of Royal Horticulture Society’s show in the north.
School Gardens, in association with the Winsford Education Partnership, will include creations by the garden designers of the future at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (8-13 July). Open to both Primary and Secondary schools, the amazing 3x3m gardens have been inspired by pupils’ favourite book or story.
These magical displays of many childhood favourites are sure to transport adults and children alike to a world of rabbit holes, caterpillars and yellow brick roads. Smallwood Church of England Primary School in Cheshire for example, will be showcasing Edith Nesbit’s classic the Railway Children, while Croft Primary School in Warrington’s top pick The Magic Faraway Tree is sure to entice the most mischievous of visitors.
Visitors will have a glimpse into life under the sea courtesy of Whirley Primary School’s garden inspired by classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, before being brought back to the surface with Dowson Primary School in Hyde’s interpretation of the whimsical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Or, if mythical creatures are more to your taste, why not visit The Hobbit garden, presented by Lymm High School, or Winsford Oak View Primary School’s creation in honour of The Warrior Troll. Another wonderful exhibit will also come from the Oaklands School in Winsford, whose 4x8m Writer’s Garden will be the show’s biggest school garden to date.
In addition to these and many more exciting examples of horticulture coming to life in the School Gardens, there will also be a celebratory competition capturing the carnival theme of this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. The Carnival Container Growing Competition will see local schools provide wonderful floral displays in carnival inspired containers, which will then be judged by visitors to the Show, through a public vote.
With all of this from the creative minds of the next generation, in addition to the intriguingly themed Elements conceptual gardens, and an array of gorgeous exhibits over the four zones of Inspire, Escape, Feast and Grow, visitors are sure to have a great day out at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.