Ferns at Tatton Park Flower Show 2006

 

The 2006 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show was bigger than ever and well worth visiting, especially if you've never been before. Apart from the large show gardens, a feature of the show were the 'back-to-back' gardens; these are small spaces usually filled with innovative ideas which could be incorporated into most averaged-sized gardens. This year there were 36 of them one of which was called 'Pteridomania': a garden to celebrate the fern. The emphasis was on hardy ferns which the designers rightly suggested were low maintenance and well-adapted to our British climate. The planting included some of our British natives and their varieties: Asplenium trichomanes; Osmunda regalis; Asplenium scolopendrium; Polystichum setiferum 'Proliferum' and Dryopteris filix-mas 'Crispa cristata' together with Polystichum munitum, Onoclea sensibilis and Dicksonia antarctica.

A particularly attrative feature were fern croziers fashioned from a mosaic of differently coloured pebbles embedded in cement. These were used as stepping stones, as a collage on the wall and one was adapted to make a table. You could 'try this at home' by raising a paving slab and setting some stones in cement. The designer was Robert Frier of Charlesworth Design.

Report and photographs by Yvonne Golding.

 
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RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park 2006
The RHS has a number of pages about the show on their web site.

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