Tatton Flower Show is one of my favourites. Each year it brings together an incredibly diverse range of designers and ideas which means that there is a constant array of colour and style.
This year the RHS promoted Tatton as carnival that celebrated three different sections: Grow, Feast and Inspire which was a little hard to grasp on the ground but there was definitely carnival atmosphere which was wonderful for visitors from all walks of life. Plus, how often do you see giant dancing butterflies?!
One of the best parts of Tatton is the emphasis that’s put on Young Landscapers and Designer by including the Young Designers Award. At this year’s show 3 young designers created show gardens around the theme of ‘The English Country Garden’ which they interpreted in vastly different ways.
Whilst I found Tamara Bridge’s ‘The Sunset Garden’ beautifully planted in its mix of formal and informal display and Kate Savill’s ‘Time Is A Healer’ architecturally masterful, the garden that I really enjoyed was Josh Chapman’s ‘The Perfect Lawn’.
Josh Chapman’s design fantastically integrated the English Garden brief with what you would want from an urban or suburban space. Unlike the other entrants, The Perfect Lawn felt like it could be adapted for any outdoor area regardless of the surrounding buildings and in that simple fact I think it found success.
From an aesthetic point of view the planting was muted in comparison to others but the orange and violet splashes worked in unison to integrate the contemporary pergola and allowed the structural design to be the forefront of your focus.
For non gardeners that are looking for an attractive and manageable space this garden works perfectly. The lawn and water boxes created by Josh Chapman take traditional aspects and reinvent them to make elements that are easily maintainable as well as being relaxing and appealing.
The black basalt surface can be moved and refilled where needed and removes the need for keeping lawn mowing equipment. Its colour provides a dramatic visual change when it rains and mirrors the black dye in the squared pools.
The Perfect Lawn by Josh Chapman is a great example of how the RHS Young Designer of the Year brings new inspirational designs to the general public and Tatton Fower Show is the ideal platform for showcasing new landscaping talent.