Tatton Park RHS Flower and Garden Show - Floral Marquees
RHS Flower Show at Tatton
Park 2006 - Floral Marquee Exhibitors
Many of the UK’s top nurseries and growers will be exhibiting in
the Floral Marquee giving visitors the chance to buy new varieties and old favourites.
Barry began pursuing his passion for plants 20 years ago and although never specialised
in one species, he likes the challenge of trying new things. What started as
a hobby turned into a thriving business, and he now grows tender and hardy plants
Exhibiting Coreopsis verticillata ‘Crème Brulee’, Brunnera
macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’, Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Summer Sky’,
Helenium ‘Double Trouble’, Geum ‘Blazing Sunset’ and
Lythrum salicaria ‘Lady Sackville.
Cookoo Box Nursery
Family-run business established in 1990. Grows a variety of plants such as unusual
fruit, vegetables and herbs, but specialises in chillies, and find its growing
abilities, beauty and bountiful harvest inspiring. The chilli is one of the oldest
recorded cultivated seeds - having been traded across continents for thousands
Eagle Sweet Peas
This business started 14 years ago. This family-run nursery specialises in sweet
peas. New plants being launched at the show are pure white ‘Tracy Ann’ and
lavender ‘Ida King’, which are both highly perfumed.
Green Garden Herbs
This business began as a back garden hobby 10 years ago and overcame floods to
establish a successful nursery. Sarah Clark, the proprietor, ended a long-standing
job as a probation officer to run the nursery full time. Specialises in lavenders,
but also grows basils, mints, bergamots and rhubarb. This is the first time in
the Floral Marquee at Tatton and will be showcasing some varieties not seen at
shows before, including Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Eyes’ and Echinacea
Hall Farm Nursery
Started in 1987 by a husband and wife team who met studying horticulture at Pershore
College. Now shows at three or four major shows a year, and achieved a Gold Medal
at Chelsea Flower Show last year. The nursery has a good reputation for herbaceous
plants, and regularly host events for the RHS Regional Development Programme.
Jacqueline Iddon Hardy Plants
A continuation of Jacqueline’s mother’s nursery who she learnt the
nursery trade from, it opened six years ago in a garden that features a wildlife
pond, a woodland walk and a dry gravel area. It is open as part of the National
Garden Scheme, and specialises in hardy perennials.
Mallet Court Nursery
Founded 27 years ago, it is a leading supplier of unusual trees and shrubs from
China and Korea.
Mary Green Plants
Husband and wife team in their 10th anniversary year run a private appointment-only
nursery. Here, borders have been planted to show the range of plants available
and also to help attract insects and butterflies. Specialises in the Hosta genus
along with shade-loving plants and ferns.
Mendip Bonsai Studio
After enjoying Bonsai for many years as a hobby, and being made redundant from
the shoe industry, John set up this private nursery dedicated to his first love.
He gained a Best in Show award at Tatton last year and holds educational workshops
and lectures. Increasing his stand size this year he is exhibiting different
trees, including persimmon, Syzygium, Cypress and Gingko.
Oak Tree Nursery
Established by a husband and wife team 18 years ago, this nursery started with
the production of interesting herbaceous plants, branching into ornamental grasses.
This year, they are introducing a small range of Dianella (flax lilly), and some
varieties of Australasian plants, including Lomandra and Stylidium.
Philip Tivey & Son
Well established family-run nursery that has won numerous Gold Medals at flower
shows around the country, and specialises in Alstroemeria for patio container
and border use. Launching a number of new red, pink, cream, white and yellow
cultivars at Tatton.
Grows two National Collections: Eucomis and Fritillaria. Launching a new Eucomis
that was bred from E. comosa, which is, as yet, unnamed. It reaches 50cm (20in)
high with bronze-red foliage and rose-pink flowers and is ideal for dry gardens
and poor soil.
This Snowdonia-based specialist Fuchsia grower is displaying 200 cultivars at
Tatton, ranging from single whites to vivid oranges and large double imperial
purple exotics. Has been growing fuchsias for 27 years and received many golds
and Best Exhibits in recent shows. New and recently introduced cultivars will
be on display among old favourites, including the 19 year old ‘Celia Smedley’.
Sheila Chapman Clematis
Established in 1994 out of a labour of love for Clematis, and currently holds
more than 800 types.
Small family-run business established for 10 years, specialising in aquatic plants
and moisture-loving perennials. Has won numerous Gold medals, and at Tatton this
year will feature the first pond in the floral marquee, which will be planted
with a range of plants including waterlilies and flowering marginal plants. Water
gardening is encouraged by this nursery to provide a natural habitat for wildlife.