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					24th July 2008


10th Tatton Gold at 10th RHS Flower Show!


Head Gardener Sam Youd and the Tatton team are celebrating their 10 th gold
medal at the 10th anniversary of the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.


This year‟s gilded winner, „Paradise Isle‟, was directly inspired by the
Japanese Garden (built in 1910 and one of the most tranquil areas of Tatton‟s
gardens), and two beautiful turn of the century books in Tatton‟s collection:
Josiah Condor's Landscape Gardening in Japan (1893) and Florence and Ella
Du Cane's The Flowers and Gardens of Japan (1908).


The planning and build for this back to back garden was surprisingly calm and
relaxed, which the gardeners attributed to this year‟s theme. However, come
awards day, as Sam commented “there is always a certain degree of
nervousness and anticipation, especially as we host the show!”


Although Tatton has not won ten consecutive golds for its gardens, entering in
one or more classes over the years has resulted in this tremendous ten! As
Sam commented, “despite now being old hands at gardens for the show, it is
still thrilling to receive a gold award. I am really pleased that the judges and
the public love the garden and the team have been awarded for their
consistently high efforts”.


The Tatton team was ably assisted by horticultural students from Clusius
College in the Netherlands who came to the UK especially for the Show,
adding an extra international element to Tatton‟s gardens.
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Success has smelt all the sweeter this year during this special RHS Flower
Show anniversary and during Cheshire‟s Year of Gardens. Tatton‟s garden
has taken pride of place next to Chris Beardshaw‟s design for Cheshire‟s Year
of Gardens (which won „Best Show Garden‟) and other award winning
Gardens of Distinction including Arley Hall, Chester Zoo and Ness Botanical
Gardens.


Brendan Flanagan, General Manager commented “2008 is an important year
for Tatton and for Cheshire's gardens with a combination of the 10th
anniversary of the Flower Show, Cheshire's Year of Gardens and Tatton's
inaugural Biennial arts event. Tatton's 'Paradise Isle' garden brings all three
together in a very tangible way and exudes the quality you would expect from
one of Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction.”




‘Paradise Isle’
„Paradise Isle‟ demonstrates the fusion of Eastern and Western gardening
styles. Simple and elegant, the garden is surrounded by both high and low
fences, which contain the views and prevent the eye from distraction. A low
'four-eye' fence, tied together with traditional knots, reflects the Japanese
style. The simple placement of a stone provides the focal point for 'Paradise
Isle', as the last imagined resting place of the Japanese spirit.
Japanese Umbrella Pine and Painted Ferns, Acers, Maples and Junipers
have been carefully selected and planted to echo the traditional Japanese
'stroll' garden style. Specimen mosses create soft beds and pathways and
round leafed holly bushes are pruned in the traditional cloud formation.

Specially commissioned for the showgarden is a work by Tatton Park Biennial
artist Nicky Coutts, creator of the iconic A Tower in the Minds of Others.
Coutts‟ interpretation of a „Japanese Snow Lantern‟ echoes the dichotomy of a
Japanese Garden introduced into an English garden setting. Coutts‟ Snow
Lantern is an inversion of a traditionally English garden object: a Victorian bird
bath literally turned on its head. The artist worked with the special effects
department of Pinewood Studios in London to create the resin icicles and
snow.




RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park
Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th July. Visit www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows for
more information



Note to Editors:
For further information contact:
Eleanor Pownall, Marketing Department
Tel: 01625 374447
Fax: 01625 374403
Email: eleanor.pownall@cheshire.gov.uk

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                   Tatton Park and Cheshire’s Year of Gardens


Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire County 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.

Tatton Park plays a leading role in Cheshire‟s Year of Gardens 08, part of a groundbreaking
initiative to unlock the tourism-boosting potential of more than 20 of Cheshire‟s leading
garden attractions. Developed by local tourism board Visit Chester & Cheshire, in partnership
with Cheshire County Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Rural
Enterprise and Cheshire‟s leading gardens. For further information please visit
www.yearofgardens08.com



                   May - 28 September 2008




Tatton Park Biennial is a new contemporary art event for the UK.
Supported by The North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Arts
Council England North West; Cheshire County Council; Cheshire's Year
of Gardens 08; The National Trust; Manchester Airport; The Tatton
Park Trust and Tatton Park, the Biennial will be staged from May to
September 2008 and presented in association with Cheshire’s Year of
Gardens 08.

Curated by Danielle Arnaud and Jordan Kaplan from commissioning group
Parabola, the 2008 Biennial theme is 'Botanical Collections and
Collectors'. Over 30 artists, performers and writers will develop new
work in response to Tatton Park’s gardens, investigating the legacy
of collections, collectors and the designed landscape amid current
issues of climate change and globalisation.

The Biennial supports the work of emerging and established artists
through a commissioning process that reveals the history of the Park
and is a launch pad for future events that will further understanding
of exceptional artistic practice within the laboratory of this
National Trust property.

With up to six semi-permanent works, 13 evolving commissions, and a
substantial programme of tours, performances and talks that lend
further depth to the grounds, the Biennial will reflect the
historical significance and contemporary relevance of Tatton Park.

An active Education and Access programme will extend to major cities,
taking in a range of new visitors through specially devised and
targeted schemes.

				
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