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. -more- -cont‟d- 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: email@example.com End 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.