MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

En Route: Tatton Park

By
Lisa Tant
Tatton Park Mansion, photo by Maria Freel
Tatton Park Mansion, photo by Maria Freel
Tatton Park Mansion, photo by Maria Freel

Fleurs de Villes is thrilled to announce that our third ROSÉ fresh floral couture show will take place at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Tatton Park Flower Show, in the county of Cheshire, from July 21-25, 2021. This will be our debut show at the magnificent Deer Park, home to the much-loved annual floral, plant and garden extravaganza. 

This stunning outdoor show, held on the historic Tatton Park estate lands south of Manchester, will make an idyllic home for our signature fresh floral mannequins and installations. Twelve local florists will collaborate with sponsors on our ROSÉ theme to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Our marquee area with its profusion of pink blooms and greenery is the ideal marriage for Tatton Park’s own show theme - “Summer of Love”. What a perfect time to celebrate joy and optimism, while supporting breast cancer research, at this floral celebration, one of the first major outdoor events to be held in England’s North West region this year.

More of us than ever are appreciating nature’s bounty - and the peace it delivers - in this past challenging year. Gardening and floral appreciation have swept the northern hemisphere and many more green thumb enthusiasts are arranging flowers, and planting indoor and outdoor growing spaces. 

With its stylish flair, the Fleurs de Villes ROSÉ marquee will be a highlight of the bigger show. First held in 1999, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show has since become one of the most anticipated events of summer in England. The last of the big RHS Flower Shows - including the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show (postponed this year until September) - Tatton Park is known as the most relaxed and friendly. Attracting visitors from around the globe, the annual event is cherished for its inspiration and innovation: providing tips for gardens of all sizes; ongoing workshops and talks; family activities; and thousands of plants and gifts to purchase. In addition to featuring inspirational show gardens, the event also hosts coveted competitions, including the RHS National Young Designer of the Year Award, and the RHS National Flower Bed Competition. 

This year, the show will look a little different, but be no less enjoyable, with additional safety measures, all in line with current government guidelines. Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pmHow to get there: Tatton Park is easily accessible from major roads and railways in North West England. Fly to Manchester Airport and then rent a car for a short drive south to Tatton Park.

Fleurs de Villes is thrilled to announce that our third ROSÉ fresh floral couture show will take place at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Tatton Park Flower Show, in the county of Cheshire, from July 21-25, 2021. This will be our debut show at the magnificent Deer Park, home to the much-loved annual floral, plant and garden extravaganza. 

This stunning outdoor show, held on the historic Tatton Park estate lands south of Manchester, will make an idyllic home for our signature fresh floral mannequins and installations. Twelve local florists will collaborate with sponsors on our ROSÉ theme to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Our marquee area with its profusion of pink blooms and greenery is the ideal marriage for Tatton Park’s own show theme - “Summer of Love”. What a perfect time to celebrate joy and optimism, while supporting breast cancer research, at this floral celebration, one of the first major outdoor events to be held in England’s North West region this year.

More of us than ever are appreciating nature’s bounty - and the peace it delivers - in this past challenging year. Gardening and floral appreciation have swept the northern hemisphere and many more green thumb enthusiasts are arranging flowers, and planting indoor and outdoor growing spaces. 

With its stylish flair, the Fleurs de Villes ROSÉ marquee will be a highlight of the bigger show. First held in 1999, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show has since become one of the most anticipated events of summer in England. The last of the big RHS Flower Shows - including the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show (postponed this year until September) - Tatton Park is known as the most relaxed and friendly. Attracting visitors from around the globe, the annual event is cherished for its inspiration and innovation: providing tips for gardens of all sizes; ongoing workshops and talks; family activities; and thousands of plants and gifts to purchase. In addition to featuring inspirational show gardens, the event also hosts coveted competitions, including the RHS National Young Designer of the Year Award, and the RHS National Flower Bed Competition. 

This year, the show will look a little different, but be no less enjoyable, with additional safety measures, all in line with current government guidelines. Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pmHow to get there: Tatton Park is easily accessible from major roads and railways in North West England. Fly to Manchester Airport and then rent a car for a short drive south to Tatton Park.

Tatton Park’s mansion is one of the jewels in the United Kingdom’s collection of grand estates in the National Trust. As you drive up to the estate, the home’s impressive portico dominates the view of the house from the parkland. And inside, visitors can view the collection of cultural artifacts - one of the National Trust’s most important collections of books, paintings and furniture - reflecting the evolving taste of successive generations of the Egerton family that lived here. Ticketed public tours give a glimpse into the “upstairs downstairs” life of servants quarters contrasted by the grand family suites of days gone by. Exhibitions are hosted throughout the year, including a permanent Maurice Egerton exhibit that details the life and interests of the last Baron Egerton of Tatton Park.

The Egerton family purchased the Tatton Park estate in 1598 and it passed through the family until Samuel Egerton commissioned plans for a Neo-Classical mansion on the current site that was finished by subsequent heirs in the 19th century. Wilbraham Egerton, along with his wife Elizabeth, oversaw the completion, decoration and furnishing for which Tatton Park is famed. Wilbraham purchased world class paintings, fine ceramics, and much of the Gillows furniture - a top quality bespoke collection of mahogany cabinetry - now in the National Trust’s collection. Further alterations were made to the mansion including the installation of an electrical system in 1884 - making it one of the first houses outside London to benefit from electricity. The Egertons of Tatton Park celebrated the pinnacle of their social status in the late Victorian period when Wilbraham and Elizabeth hosted grand house parties with notable visitors, including royalty. 

On his death in 1958, Maurice Egerton, the last Lord Egerton, gifted the mansion and gardens to the National Trust for the enjoyment of the nation. A pioneer aviator, car enthusiast and keen traveller, his diaries and treasures may be viewed on tour in the Maurice Egerton Exhibition Room. 14,000 items in the Tatton Park collection may also be viewed online on the new National Trust Collections website. http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/place/tatton-park

Photos courtesy of the Royal Horticultural Society

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