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Rugby legend is celebrated as RHS Flower Show Tatton Park celebrates 25 years

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

A garden dedicated to rugby legend Doddie Weir and his fundraising efforts for motor neurone disease will be on display at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park as the show celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer.

My Name’5 Doddie, designed by Pip Probert, will feature the colors of the player’s own tartan, with sculptures representing players in a line-out, rugby goal posts and a water feature based on the tartan flower brooch provided by the charity used.

Weir revealed in June 2017 that he was suffering from ALS and later that year founded the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation with a vision to rid the world of the cruel disease.

Sadly, he died in November 2022, but his foundation has now allocated more than £11 million to 40 research projects to help find effective treatments and, one day, a cure for the disease.

A garden at the RHS Flower Show will be dedicated to rugby legend Doddie Weir

The RHS Flower Show garden plan represents the number 5, its position on the rugby field.

Other gardens include The 1804 Garden by Carolyn Hardern and Jon Jarvis, the design duo behind last year’s Best Show Garden.

Hardern and Jarvis continue their campaign to support construction workers, this time focusing on how a garden can be designed to reduce the risks of melanoma caused by excessive sun exposure.

The skills of local artisans and craftsmen are celebrated at The Grant Horticulture Arts & Crafts Garden, by Callum Bain MacKay.

The RHS Flower Show returns to Tatton Park from July 17 to 21

The final Show Garden is from Ollie Pike, with This Garden Isn’t Finished Without You, sponsored by the Methodist Church, showcasing the church’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity.

In the Terrace Gardens, Tom Saunders will bring a touch of the Andes to a Peak District setting with The Orchid Garden, following the designer’s travels to South America, where he saw the flowers growing in their natural ecosystem and realized that native orchids in their own land can be cultivated. and situated within dry stone walls.

Sophie Godber’s Big Picture Garden emphasizes conscious consumerism and embraces a repurposed look with objects and materials sourced from a 19th century farm to show how building a new garden doesn’t have to cost the earth, while Hilary Newhall’s The Secret Garden: For Us, By Ons raises awareness of the challenges adults with autism face.

This year will also see the return of the Long Borders. Women’s rights and the colors of the Women’s Suffrage Movement will be highlighted in Susan Booth’s garden, while other themes will include Cheshire’s rail network, LGBTQ+ rights, the Manchester skyline and an edible family garden.

Visitors to last year’s RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park

The next time RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will be at the venue will be in 2027, as part of a series of changes to the show’s schedule announced earlier this year.

Sarah Poll, RHS Head of Shows Development, said: “What a fantastic line-up for the 25th anniversary of the beautiful RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

“From gardens tackling diseases like ALS to sustainability, arts and crafts, orchids and even Barbie – we’re excited to showcase the best of groundbreaking design and thought-provoking gardens.

“In addition, we have a fantastic range of food and drink, live entertainment and shopping options so everyone, young or old, families or individuals, can come and enjoy a great day out.”

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park takes place from 17 to 21 July. Tickets can be purchased by visiting rhs.org.uk/tatton

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