Episode 1 RHS Show Tatton Park

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Welcome to the Royal Horticultural Society's flower show in Tatton


Park. This is one of my favourite shows. I love the way it has a real


identity of its own. It has fabulous flowers and gardens. Also


this year there is an element of fantasy too. The fantasy starts


right here created in the annual flower bed competition, always a


popular attraction here at Tatton Park. As well as the spectacular


floral marquee with its late summer colour. This year the show is


offering visitors glamour as well as gardens with its first ever


ladies' day. We're joined this year by the award-winning garden


designer Andy Sturgeon, making his first trip here. He'll be looking


at the show gardens. There are 15 this year, more than ever before.


There are 82 exhibits in the marquee, so there is masss to see


here. Over the next couple of nights on BBC two, we'll be


bringing you the very best of the show. So sit back and enjoy the RHS


Now, by Sunday night it's reckoned that over 100,000siesitors will


have come here and enjoyed the show. My guess is one of the things


they'll all have enjoyed more than anything else - because certainly I


do - are the intensity of the colours. You have these wonderfully


rich russets, oranges, blues and purples that to me epitomise the


very best of Tatton Park. But whatever it is on display here, you


know that there have been months of creativity, hard work and skill


just to get to this point. One of the things that we shall be looking


at tonight is where people draw their inspiration from - the


landscape. It could be local. It could be Parochial. It could be the


other side of the world, but to start off with, Andy Sturgeon and I


have been around the show gardens and found ones that particularly


caught our eye. So this is the Inside Out garden designed by John


Everiss Gold. It's my kind of thing because it's architecture,


sculpture and it's all about lifestyle and outdoor. I don't


think you like it, do you? I don't dislike it. I don't want to


overplay it, but no, I don't feel warm to it. I love the conjunct


shun between kitchen and outside. I love seeing a lot of herbs, but


it's designed as a sort of show home rather than show garden.


thing is the cedar will go silvery grey... You know about show gardens.


You know these things exist now. I agree. It could do with a little


bit more soul perhaps, but in part of a bigger garden, you could have


that. What's great is this idea and the kitchen are one - lots of


lovely herbs. It can look stylish, however you interpret it. And be


The horrors of knife crime is the unlikely subject for a show garden


tackled by prison officer instructor Glenn Jackson. This


garden called Save a Life Drop a Knife won a gold medal and Best in


Show. The first thing that strikes you especially as you come inside


is tackling a very, very complicated, tricky subject. It is.


Now, you've got to be honest - you wouldn't want this garden at the


back of your own house. That makes it difficult as a show garden


because you have to make it attractive to some people. There


are great planting combinations and things here, but you have to


deliver that message. The atmosphere as the are evoked here -


for example this hostile, aggressive environment down at the


beginning is perfectly, brilliantly done. It is. Actually, some of the


plant connections I think are lovely. They're beautiful. Although


this planting is aggressive, it does move into plant accommodations


here that people will be drawn to. I think it also shows that you can


tackle big subjects in a relatively small show garden, and if you do


them well, they will always do well. That's true. This garden called A


Stitch In Time Saves Nine really works. I like it. I like the way


she's taken the wild flower and this chaotic planting and made it a


formal garden. Meadows have to be a certain size to work, and I think


this is about as small as you can go. She's really pulled it off. I


think the reason it works is you have the structures of these hedges


and trues and then it allows for this unruly planting to be


successful. She's young too, isn't she? She is. I was part of the


panel that judged the young Designer category. I remember many


years ago we were excited about this garden. It's great to see it


come to fruition. I tell you, when I Dom a show, I am not looking to


see familiar performances. I want newness. I want youth. I want


optimism, all of which I get from this. Got it all. Over the years I


have seen lots of garden like this one that use water in a dramatic,


often very beautiful way, but I have never seen water used in the


way Dorry Miller uses it in her garden When the Waters Rise because


she's effectively created a flood. She's done this to highlight the


situation of the millions across the world that are having to


respond to rising water levels as a result of climate change. We went


around to see her in her Cheshire home as she prepared her garden for


The Oxfam garden at Tatton Park is going to show lots of adaptations


to flooding. It has a shelter on stilts, portable baskets with


plants and a green roof, which will have crops on it. All the plants in


the Oxfam garden have been grown in the north-west of England,


including this one which is a Bangladeshi gourd. This one


particularly likes the conditions here in our conservatory. It goes


up seven or eight feet and then along ten feet, which is what it


needs to do, and it has been growing like a triffid. It has this


huge gourd on it. Our next problem is going to be to get it intact on


to the show ground. I'm not quite sure how we're going to do that. It


could end up with us walking along the M6 carrying it. It's quite a


difficult thing to make sure that all of these edible plants are


going to be of sufficient quality for the show. The way we're going


about that is to get lots of people across the community to grow as


many thing ass possible. So we've got tins with beetroot in our


friends have grown. We've grown carrots in wellies. You can see


this one is a real recycled wellie, a very old one. These are from a


friend who's saved them since her friend was young. He's now 30. I


don't think she'd ever imagine they'd come in for a show garden,


but here they are. This is the Woodland Skills Centre where all


the woodwork is being made for the garden. Helen is making a basket


now which is going to be half finished and in the shelter of the


garden. We've also got here an empty basket. A basket that's


planted up with asparagus peas. We've got about ten in all. I think


this should be quite effective in the garden. This is the framework


for the shelter on stilts that Alan is making, and it's got to have a


green roof on it which Alan designed, so it has to be strong


enough to withstand a lot of weight that we might be putting on it.


It's got to look rustic but be very sturdy. I think it will set off


this before. If you'd have told me a year ago that I'd be sitting here


now telling you about this garden, I wouldn't have believed you. I've


got my fingers crossed. I think it's going to be great, and with a


wing and a prayer, we'll get there. Well, Dori, what a great garden.


The idea is this whole plot has been flooded. It's not a pond.


Absolutely not. So you have flooded the whole site with water.


garden is all about growing in adverse conditions, and climate


change means growing in very extreme weather conditions, such as


flooding. And growing you have - it's packed full of plants, lots of


edibles in the ground and baskets as well. Is that the portability?


It is. A group of volunteers made the baskets using willow, which we


have in the background of the garden, so we're using what we've


got. In Bangladesh, for instance, they'd use what they have. Our


rafts are used with polystyrene where they would use bamboo.


the gourd made it. You unravelled that from your conservatory. You


didn't think you would get it here. I know. It came in our neighbour's


horse box. We had all the planting done, but in the last couple of


days, there was still a bit to do. At one point I found myself in the


pouring rain planting in mud. It was a horrible experience, but


where I was doing it for a show garden, people in other parts of


the world are doing it for real. It's very interesting. You got a


gold medal. The juplgs loved it. Congratulations. Thank you. Tatton


is the last really big show of the year, and they say you should save


the best until last. One of the things that makes it unusual is


that you get lots and lots of northern growers here. In some


cases people don't exist any further south. One of the very best


is a true northern - this time from Scotland. They're renowned for


making these beautiful stands, but the plant we're really interested


in is this beautiful Wild Swan. This -- won Plant of the Year at


the Chelsea Flower Show. No wonder - it's an absolute delight. Because


its parent is probably a spring flowerer and an autumn flowerer it


seems to go through the season. If you turn the flower over you can


see this gorgeous blue reverse. It Another northern grower from


Cumbria - showing a plant that comes into its own at this time of


year - the hydrangea. The great majority of these plants are woody.


They're shruby plants, but not this one. This is utterly gorgeous, and


it's most unusual to see it. It's a cultivar of that plant, and it's a


shade lover from China. It loves damp, moist shade. It hangs its


head, has these lovely, waxy petals. It's when you turn them up you see


the full glory. It really is Once again, Hart Nurseries put on


this magnificent display of lilies. They're a very local nursery.


They're just 20 minutes down the road, and the great majority of


lilies that are grown - 90% of them, in fact, are grown for cut flowers,


but one of the problems has always been that they produce such masses


of pollen, and if you get it on your clothes, it's just about


intolerable, but to get around this, breeders have been working on an


idea of producing a Lily that doesn't have any pollen. Fazira is


just that, not a trace of pollen on these flowers, but when I stand


back and look at it, I am not that keen. It lacks some of the grace


and elegance some of the species have. I much prefer this pink


favourite, the pinnacle of the stand. It's so elegant. Although


all of these lilies are shown as cut flowers, the great thing about


it is you can buy the bulbs right Now, this is a very first year


exhibiting this flower, and what a totally brilliant job they made of


it. Although their plants aren't tardy, they certainly are. They're


from Derbyshire, and it's so great to come to Tatton Park and see so


many wonderful northern growers The flowerbed gardens stories of


pride in bedding plants. We went along to visit the designers Adam


Walcot and John Smith as they prepared Frinton-on-Sea's entry


into the competition. This is a fantastic resort on the east coast


of England. It is a town with history, and a town that people are


proud of. Looking around, you can see why. The beaches are immaculate,


you could almost be on the Mediterranean shores. By back in


the early part of the 20th century, this place was massive. It was


where the high society came. It had beach huts and it was really quite


something. The flower bed we have created is called taking a dip, and


it draws its inspiration from the Victorian era. The centrepiece is a


Victorian bathing machine, and we also have rocks, so we have a


simple but effective scheme. colours will be quite striking


because we are using orange and yellow, and different shades of


blue to represent the sea. We have only used a few colours, we have


not over-complicated it, so it will be simple but still striking, we


hope. David has been at the tour de force behind this garden. Once we


mentioned the idea, David contacted a local engineer, showed him the


design and immediately they were hooked. They came up with this


bathing Booth for taking a dip, and it had to be constructed. Being as


we are a community, we look to the community to see how we could get


this done, and we designed a beach hut on a frame so it could come to


me, and I put the finishing touches on it, which was all the woodwork.


It is rather charming actually, It is nice to be here on the beach


with the bathing machine with us, and to get some plants here seeing


how they work together. This is a selection of what we will be using.


The colours are not exactly right, but we are using different shades


of lobelia to represent the sea around the edge of the flower bed.


We have also got these dwarf marigolds in shades of yellow and


gold, and they are representing the sound. Another feature of the


garden will be rocks, and we are going to recreate them at Tatton


Park using sound, we will plant it up using this black snake grass.


The idea is that we mixed these two plants together and it will give


the look of rocks that have been colonised by animals and plants. It


is a nervous time leading up to the competition but we are hoping we


will do well. Now you are here, you have been judged, it is all over,


how do you feel about this? We are over the moon. Considering we


haven't done this before, normally we build wild and natural gardens,


so the discipline has been fun and amazing. We have had a fabulous


week and we have really enjoyed it. Do you feel you have brought fun to


the show? Definitely. These beach huts were used so we feel we have


brought a bit of Flinton up to Tatton Park. Would you do this


again? Definitely. The there are 14 of these flower bed displays and


they come from as far north as Dumfries and right down to Jersey


in the self. Each one is loaded with civic pride. Joe has been out


and about visiting them to find out some of the stories behind them.


really love the bedding displays here, they are just so much fun and


have a different story to tell. We start off in St Helier as in Jersey,


and we are celebrating the potato, of course. They produce 40,000 tons


of potatoes and have been growing them for-one hundred and 30 years.


We have potatoes growing here, and a backdrop of Tennessee to -- of


these purple plants. Heading off to Bournemouth, and this is a great


garden. It got gold, but also Best In Show in the bedding displays. It


is all about the Victorian writers who lived in and around the


Bournemouth area. Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the most


famous, who wrote Jekyll and Hyde, so we have the silver planting over


there and the Red Hot orange colours on this side. This is an


open book, and the detail in there is beautiful. Hundreds of plants


used, and all of these planting schemes are about detail. This one


has a bowling seemed I really like, Partington parish council, and it


is called Arthur's Waterloo. This man won the Cup three times, the


only person to do it, and we have this lovely picture of the bowling


balls going through on a double parsley. Beautiful. This one is


about as local as it gets, Cheshire East Council, and it is celebrating


the redevelopment of Queens Park. They put �6.5 million in, so well


done to them because Parks are really important. This shows the


park itself with the clock tower and the fantastic planting. There


is one garden that did not get cold, but I still want to show you.


Birmingham City Council have come up with this, a car covered in


flowers. I have always wanted one of these! These bedding schemes are


fantastic this year, a really good fun. Don't you reckon? A spin in


the car, maybe? Maybe not. It is 100 years since Frances Hodgson


Burnett, classical children's story was published. It tells the story


of a little girl who comes to live in an austere Edwardian household.


The garden is regimented and manicured, but she constantly


wonders what is behind this ivy- clad walls. One day she opens the


gate to find out, and inside she finds this secret garden. It is


this book that has inspired students to get together and we


create this wonderful garden. The students are from Reaseheath


College. It tells the story of how the children took it over, and


loved it. I really like the attention to detail. There is mast


in between the cobblestones, and a path. Perhaps the RHS judges, who


awarded this garden a silver medal, didn't approve of the holes in


these plants but you can imagine the children sitting there watching


these snails munching their way through the great giant leaves.


This garden was inspired by this classic book, but in the RHS front


to front competition, Cheshire children have been inspired by


gardens from all around the world. 26 different locations, in fact.


We designed a Russian garden and it won Best in Show, and I am


extremely pleased with it. Away from the Showground, but still on


the estate, lies a stunning Japanese garden. Built one century


ago by the former owners. It is there that I am meeting head


gardener to learn more about its ethos and origins. Sam, what is the


history of this garden? The history of this garden was that in 1910 we


have the Anglo-Japanese exhibition in London when anybody who was


anybody went there and saw what they were offering. The gardens


were the main feature and people who could afford them just ordered


one. So there was a big influx of Japanese gardens? Indeed, across


the country. Anybody who knows anything about Japanese gardens


knows there are a lot of different styles. What style is this? He it


is a collection of styles but it is designed on the tea garden. That


was the idea behind be told. there anything of the original


garden still here? Yes, some of the lanterns here, the Shinto shrine,


and some of the planting. When you are working this and having to


maintain it, what is the essence of having to be true to the Japanese


style? The essence is that, unlike us, we fill the space. A Japanese


garden is only complete when you can't take anything else out.


that meant to be Mount Fuji? It is, the sacred mountain. Complete with


snow on the top. This seat somehow does not ring true to me. No, this


was one of the family's favourite seats, a little concession. I like


the way the garden could be modified to suit Western tastes, it


was not meant to be pure. No, we do not have a concept for purity, we


just modernise them. But if anybody understands the Japanese garden, it


is Sam. He has used his knowledge in this show garden, as Andy


Sturgeon has been discovering. Sam has done a tremendous job of


distilling down that magical garden into this tiny space. I have been a


fan of Japanese gardens for years, and the symbolism intrigues me.


This bridge represents, in the Japanese gardens when birds used to


come down they would fire bows and arrows at them hundreds of years


ago for target practice, and there was one particular bird that had a


staggered flight pattern. That is represented here in the bridge.


Also practical things, things like this lantern. It is very beautiful


but it is here just to light this bridge. The stone which rises up


out of the pool, that points the way, leading the eye to paradise


which is found at the back of the garden. One of the iconic plants in


this garden is this tree, and it is literally clipped into the shape of


clouds because it is bringing nature down from the sky into the


garden. As far as I am concerned, great gardens must have meticulous


attention to detail, and this garden tics that box for me.


Everything has been thought about, even the spacing on these stepping-


stones. A Japanese lady, if she were to walk around the garden, she


could not take big strides so the stones are close together. This


fence is called a four I friends because it Frame's four views, but


the detail I really like is the stone wrapped and tied with black


string plaister at the entrance. To Japanese people, that means no


entry. Fortunately there are not too many Japanese people round here


so not many people will get that. I'm afraid that is all we have got


time for tonight, but we will be back here tomorrow night on BBC Two


at 8 o'clock, and we will be looking at edible plants and


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