Lancashire gardeners steal the show at RHS Tatton 2011

PUBLISHED: 01:16 08 September 2011 | UPDATED: 21:37 20 February 2013

Lancashire gardeners steal the show at RHS Tatton 2011

Lancashire gardeners steal the show at RHS Tatton 2011

Lancashire gardeners dug deep to steal the show at the RHS in Tatton. Emma Mayoh reports<br/>PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN COCKS

The print version of this article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Lancashire Life

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Hitting the big time at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park takes months of blood, sweat and tears not to mention wheelbarrow loads of design skill and horticultural expertise.

So when you do manage to impress the judges so much they give you a silver award, you want to be there to bask in the glory of it all. Unless you are Harry and Astrid Levy.

The Lancashire designers, from Aughton Green Landscapes, had a prior engagement their daughter Hannah was graduating from university.
Never mind. In their absence, thousands of people admired The Water Garden they produced for the five day floral extravaganza. Gardeners across the red rose county managed to blossom at this years event.

It has been a furiously busy few months for John Everiss from Samlesbury-based Bezza Nurseries. He was granted permission by RHS judges to enter this years show at a late stage and then worked every hour he could on his contemporary Inside Out design. The effort paid off with a gold medal.

John, who also won a gold medal last year, said: Coming into the show last minute has meant an awful lot of hard work and a lot of long days. But it has all been worth it. Now Im looking forward to spending time with my wife Ruth who has barely seen me for the past few months.

The 46-year-old should enjoy it while he can. He has been invited to enter the Chelsea Flower Show next year and that will mean more hectic months ahead.

All of the entrants at this years show had to brave tough conditions setting up their displays as rain lashed down on the show ground. But their determination paid off as a number of Lancastrians took home awards.

This included the A Breath of Fresh Air garden, designed for Respiratory Education UK, which got a bronze award. Blooms of agapanthus, alliums and clematis featured in the design aimed at raising awareness of respiratory diseases such as asthma, hay fever and bronchitis.

Gill Hall, chief executive of the charity based at University Hospital Aintree, said: Respiratory diseases affect millions of people in the UK but they can often go undiagnosed for years. This garden is a wonderful way of highlighting what can be done to allow people with respiratory problems to enjoy outdoor space. Were thrilled to get a bronze award.

Football also made an unlikely appearance with designs to represent some of the norths biggest clubs. The winner was This is Anfield, depicting Liverpool Football Club, designed by Ann Picot. It was named Best Football Garden as well as picking up a silver award. Russell Watkinson Landscapes, in Ulnes Walton, also received a silver award for its show garden and a handful of awards were handed out to various councils around including Lancaster City Council and Manchester City Council.

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