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Tatton Park - Celebrities in the Flowers.

The rain added a different dimension to the festivities at Tatton Park Flower Show this year.

But at least all the beautiful flowers enjoyed it and looked splendid at the same time.

Ducks in the Bath at Tatton Park ... Ducks in the Bath at Tatton Park ...

Our Quality Outdoor Garden Furniture holds its own at Tatton Park …

As always you can count on our quality garden furniture in a downpour ...

The Bamboo Gazebo, Four Seasons Gazebo and four beautiful Parasols provided plenty of shelter for passing, very wet, revellers – not to mention a free glass of bubbly at the same time.

High quality, outdoor garden furniture from The Garden Furniture Centre High quality garden furniture holds its own in the rain at Tatton Park ...

The rain never bothers Bruce and friends, though ....

Bruce The Bull Cooler took some mates with him this time round as well – he likes to have Clarence The Cow Planter with him at the very least when he goes to shows.

He put on his glad rags and did the business for us though even attracting the attention of the RHS Press Team who photographed him for their website.

Well done Bruce!

Bruce The Bull loves the rain Brucey bracing himself for a shower ...

Our Outdoor Furniture does what it says on the tin ...

The onset of rain can mean disaster for some Trade Stands not under cover at Tatton Park but we just carry on regardless.

If anything it gives us an opportunity to demonstrate just how good our outdoor furniture actually is …

We displayed or Monte Carlo and Montana Rattan Furniture Sets at the show and the specially manufactured and beautifully presented ViroFibre Rattan Weave proved why it’s so well suited for outdoor use.

In fact, in the middle of the storm one couple were that impressed with the weather-proof qualities of the Monte Carlo that they took advantage of our Special Tatton Price and ordered the suite on the stand there and then.

The couple only lived 30 minutes from the show so Jimmy – one of our delivery team – kindly agreed to drop the suite off once he’d helped pack the stand away.

Another satisfied customer and a big thanks to Jimmy as well who didn’t get back to base until one in the morning.

Thank god he was on local drops the next day!

Inspirational Gardens at Tatton Park …

When the stand was quiet, like everyone else, we took advantage and had a wander round the inspirational gardens on show.

Below are two of our favourites from the many on view at the show ...

Mining Garden at Tatton Park Mining Garden at Tatton Park ...

Garden Therapy for those with Dimentia Garden Therapy for those with Dimentia ...

RHS Photographer of the Year 2012

All of the Royal Horticultural Society competitions generate a mass of interest along with some stunning individual entries.

The RHS Photographer of the Year 2012 award has just been announced and if you have even the slightest interest in the great outdoors you should definitely take a look.

For top 2012 photographic award the prize of £1000 has gone to Josie Elias for her entry into the 'Gardens through the Season' category.

In all there were 7 RHS photographic award categories ranging from Abstract & Details though to the Children's Photographer (under 11 years)

My personal favourite was the Plant Portrait category where the 1st place went to Tom Hard. I think this would have been a close call with the Highly Commended entry from Tim Hunt.

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How to Get Your Floristry Display Seen at the RHS Flower Show Chelsea

If you have an interest in flowers then the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition should be on your radar and demand further attention.

Are floral displays part of your business, or an area of your study, if so  here's an opportunity to get one of your displays featured at one of the most prestigious events in the country.

Why not consoder entering the Chelsea Florist of the Year competition. Now is the time to book your spot in one of the heats that are happening up and down the country in preparation for the 2013 competition.

Floral Display

RHS Flower Show Chelsea 2013

The floristry competition has 2 categories that is split into different age groups

Entry Category 1. - Ages 16 to 25

Entry Category 2.  - Ages 26 and over

Entrants are accepted from florist business owners and their employees, freelance florists and tutors or students at any recognised college.

The Chelsea Florist of the Year competition is being run in conjunction with the British Florist Association and the winners will have their displays presented at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013.

The Flower Show Competition Venues

Although local events have already begun in one area there's still time for you to get involved. The next date regional date is taking place at Covent Garden in London on Wednesday 7th November 2012.

Future dates and locations as follows:

Regional Dates for RHS Florist Competition 2013

For more information and entry details please visit the following websites:


Bristish Florist Association -

Record Breaking RHS Britain in Bloom Awards

The City of Birmingham were awarded a coveted gold medal award on 7th October 2012. My home city won a gold award in Best Large City category at the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom Awards.

The event was held in Guernsey and represented there were 1200 communities from all over the UK that entered into the RHS competitions. In total there were 450 community gardening champions hoping to pick up a prestigious award.

Gold Award and Category Winner: Large City

Birmingham was also on the shortlist for the Pride of Place Award and took the best floral displays prize.
Willow sculpture of Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt

© Copyright Ruth Sharville and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The three cities that came out winners of the in the community gardening competition category were Birmingham, Loughborough and Oldham. I can confirm that Birmingham did particularly well; having experienced their efforts first hand.

The three key areas that the city was marked against were:

1. Environmental Responsibility

2. Horticultural Achievement

3. Community Participation

The RHS judge, Rae Beckwith, heaped plenty of praise upon Birmingham by saying "Birmingham can be proud of its committed politicians, staff, team and community.  As a city you have adopted a prescription that, in these challenging times for local authorities, bucks all trends and indicates how high standard services can be maintained against all odds and expectations."

"Congratulations on maintaining and improving your horticultural standards, your environmental quality and your community development, where you are creating an excellent framework for participation and involvement.  These initiatives can only further enhance Birmingham."

Birmingham City Council's Head of Parks, Darren Share, thanked the city's provider of amenity horticultural services company Quadron. Darren said "Thank you for all you and your teams' support in this year's entry into Britain in Bloom.  It was a true partnership and has helped raise the profile of Birmingham... I see Quadron as a key member of the team."

The ultimate title of Champion of Champions 2012 award for the community gardening competition went to Broughshane in Northern Ireland.

All in all a record-breaking twenty-four gold medals were given out at the RHS event in St Peter Port, Guernsey. This huge ceremony involved in excess of 200K volunteers making it the largest voluntary campaign in the UK.

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Inspirational Show Gardens from RHS Tatton Park - 2012

All of The Royal Horticultural Society garden and flower shows prove to be extremely popular and are the go to events for amateur and professional gardeners alike. This year the Tatton Park Flower Show included some great ideas allowing the average gardener to take home and recreate many aspects of them; albeit on a smaller scale.

Vegetable Exhibitor - Olympics 2012

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

The show itself is one of the most recent on the RHS roster and is held at Tatton Park near Knutsford in Cheshire. Originally the show was first planned for 1998 but ended up making its first appearance one year later in 1999. This debut was headed by Max de Soissons the organiser of the show with previous experience as RHS manager for the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show in Birmingham.

Fast forward to 18th – 22nd July 2012 and the show still contains many of the original flower and garden show competitions and awards that continue to inspire all gardeners.

Barrie Thompson Garden Designer

Awards and Competitions include the Young Designer of the Year Award and the RHS National Flower Bed Competition. There are a number of other high profile awards for show gardens, visionary gardens and traditional ‘back to back’ gardens. Highlights also include the floral design studio, plant plaza, floral marquee and the arts and heritage pavilion.

Highlights of the Show Gardens 2012

The gardens are perhaps the highlight of the show simply because of their scale, beauty and diversity. The plants and flowers are undoubtedly the stars but the garden designs are always inspiring and thought provoking.

The RHS show had five categories with specific briefs that the designers and producers needed to present and adhere to in their planning and final design. The prize categories for Best in Show awards included Best Show Garden, Best Visionary Garden, Best Orchestra Garden, RHS National Young Designer of the Year and Best Back to Back Garden. There was also an award The RHS People’s Choice smaller garden winner.

Best Show Garden – The Mornflake Garden (Gold Medal Winner)

Designed and Built by Janine Crimmins - Sponsored by Mornflake Cereals

Mornflake Garden - Gold Medal Winner

The design was inspired by the traditional oat milling in Cheshire. The idea was to reflect the history and future of milling so the garden itself has traditional and modern aspects to it.

The garden promotes British craftsmanship and material that is traditional but used in a modern way. The garden contains magnificent dry stone walls done by local craftsman containing York stone.  The water feature is an integral part of this garden and it is originally inspired by a mill pond.

Mornflake Garden - Day 1

The feature conveys the power of water cascading down a weir that was essential to milling in days gone by. The surrounding walls convey the effect of ripples that expand out from the centre of the pond.

The plants were chosen to represent an oat field but in a modern setting with grasses and perennials. This natural feel was obtained by selecting free flowing plants and grasses. To create elements of surprise there is colour and texture planting interspersed throughout the garden.

Mornflake Garden - Day 6

This garden manages to combine great elements of British craftsmanship and the traditional milling industry to produce a super garden with a Gold Medal Award.

Best Visionary Garden – Untie the Wind (Gold Medal Winner)

Designed by Sheena Seeks and Built by Seeks Gardens

Best Visionary Garden - Untie the Wind

Sheena Seeks is a bespoke garden designer and is based in Edinburgh. Having previously won several RHS medals she has again delivered a really interesting garden with a very strong theme using unique design elements.

The garden is clearly inspired by wind instruments. The title of the garden is from Shakespeare’s Macbeth where the witches are said to have the power to 'untie the winds'.

This garden really does manage to evoke the scale and magic of music with its large shapes and forms. There are bold elements with the huge black pipe that takes centre stage magnifying sound within it. Silver pipe ‘sound waves’ add real contrast with silver colour against a backdrop of sand and green foliage.

Best Visionary Garden - Untie the Wind

This garden manages to be unique while creating some great ideas for the smaller garden with its waves of grasses and pockets of colour.

Best Orchestra Garden – To the Beat (Gold Medal Winner)

Designed by Owen Morgan and Built by Mosaic Garden Design & Landscaping

Best Orchestra Garden - To the Beat

As with all show gardens the planning and implementation is a pretty monumental task. This is Owen’s third RHS show and has previously won a silver medal and exhibited last year as a finalist in the RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year Competition.

Owen spent a long 7 months with his team to create the quite magnificent ‘To the Beat’ gold medal winning garden.

Best Orchestra Garden - To the Beat

The design represents aspects of a drum as the title of the garden suggests. The centrepiece is a rippling pool that represents the drum head with the circled planting ‘vibrating’ out as waves.

The power of the drum can generate a mighty sound and an intense feel.  The garden represents this within the dramatic colourful waves of late flowering red and yellow Summer plants.

Best Orchestra Garden - To the Beat

The result of To the Beat is a colourful and engaging garden with dramatic elements. It clearly represents a musical theme and contains aspects that the casual gardener can use to great effect.

RHS National Young Designer of the Year – Brownfield Beauty (Silver Guilt Medal Winner)

Designed by Tristen Knight and Built by TKE Landscapes

RHS National Young Designer of the Year – Brownfield Beauty

Tristen Knight is the proud winner of this year’s prestigious title and is the senior garden designer at Aralia Garden Design.

The Brownfield Beauty Garden was inspired by his love of 18th and 19th century architecture. The mechanical theme is reflected in the use of many industrial elements. RSJ steel joists are used to contain the water flow within the garden that has some strong visual elements.

RHS National Young Designer of the Year – Brownfield Beauty

There are large metal Venetian like screens that divide the garden and can be open and shut in keeping with the modular theme. This modularity creates real flexibility within the garden and this was just one of the inspiring elements of this garden.

Brownfield Beauty - Day  1

It’s not all harsh and industrial though as a softer look and feel is created through the use of tasteful planting. The traditional red and yellow hues of Summer plants are all well represented and go some way to combat the brownfield transformation.

Brownfield Beauty - Day  11

The original redeveloped industrial site has truly risen from the dead in the form of this Brownfield Beauty.

Best Back to Back Garden – Peak Reflections (Silver Guilt Medal Winner)

Designed by Charlie Williams of Nook Design GK Wilson Garden Services Ltd

Best Back to Back Garden - Peak Reflections

The Back to Back garden shows are unique to the Tatton Park Show. These small gardens, measuring just 6M x 4M, are based on the Victorian housing schemes that sprung up all over the North and Central areas of the country.

The smaller scale of these Back to back Show Gardens are still full great ideas for planting and small-scale hard landscaping. The amateur gardener has the opportunity to implement many of the ideas that the Peak Reflections Garden has to offer in particular.

The Peak District in Derbyshire is one of my favourite areas of the country because of its accessibility and the many changing landscapes. The White and Dark Peaks in particular provide a real contrast in their differing landscapes with changing light and feel. As such, I have a slight bias towards this garden and what it represents.

The Peak Reflections Garden brings in clever features using water to provide a reminder of former railway lines, dry stone walling representing local crafts and history, along with great ideas for planting.

Despite all the different colours of planting and textures in the garden there is still a sense of harmony.

The long thin water channel, between the grass and plant bedding, provides darker contrast and reflects the sky above. This also gives the visitor another view of the nearby planting to give extra interest to the garden.

The beautiful dry stone walling is common place in the Peaks and acts as an enclosure for the garden. The wall looks amazing – simply inviting you to hop over it to explore the wonderful fields beyond.

This is a beautiful small garden that’s functional but contains clever planting along with simple design.

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Garden Furniture Centre - RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

The RHS flower shows continue to be popular and the next important event on the calender is the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The show excels in presenting the latest garden design techniques, planting innovations and all manner of outdoor furniture from trusted exhibitors.

RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

Expect blue skies and warm sunshine for this great chance to see the professionals at work. And of course this is your opportunity to steal a few ideas to take home and use in your own garden.

Details for the show:

Dates - Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd July 2012

Location - Full directions to the show can be found here

Tickets - Tickets available directly from the RHS

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Garden Furniture Centre Ltd - Stand B43

The Garden Furniture Centre Presents Luxury Outdoor Conservatory Furniture

The show is an important event that allows visitors to sample the finest aluminium patio furniture along with outdoor conservatory furniture. Often you'll also get the opportunity to strike a real bargain so be prepared to haggle.

Montana Rattan Garden Furniture Range

Montana Rattan Garden Furniture

The Montana rattan garden furniture range always proves to be extremely popular. The light aluminium frame means that it's easy to move to the exact location inside or out. The synthetic but realistic rattan weave gives this outdoor  furniture a totally unique - and high quality feel.

The Montana is available in a number of combinations to suit the space available including:

Sofa suites, 2 seater sofas, 3 seater sofas, armchairs, side table and coffee tables.

Outdoor Monte Carlo Furniture Suite

Monte Carlo Rattan Furniture Suite

The Monte Carlo outdoor furniture made its debut at previous RHS shows and because of its unique colour combinations, sold out completely. Fortunately it's now back in stock and ready for airing the the Tatton Park Show.

The suite has also recently been upgraded into a 5 piece by including the coffee table and side table forming a real value for money offer. Stocks are limited so enquire now to avoid disappointment.

Casino Aluminium Garden Furniture Range

Ivycast Aluminium Garden Furniture

The Ivycast Casino table and chair sets form the major part of the aluminium garden furniture range. The Ivycast range in particular mixes a unique blend of modern and classical looks. The main attraction of using aluminium outdoor furniture is the maintenance free benefits. It's easy to clean and will last for years to come.

The RHS Tatton Park Flower Show features hundreds of trusted exhibitors so is well worth a visit. See The Garden Furniture Centre Ltd on Stand B43.

RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Show

If you're near to our showroom Henley-in-Arden, Nr Stratford, Warks. We have tickets for an RHS organised gardening show. The Garden Furniture Centre will be exhibiting everything from outdoor furniture to picnic tables and benches.

RHS Malvern Gardening Show

Event: RHS Malvern Spring Garden Show
Times: 10 - 13 May 2012
Tickets: 3 FREE tickets available for today & tomorrow

The show features some gardens that will be displaying at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show later this month.

What's on at the Gardening Show

No matter what your gardening capabilities are you'll find something of interest at this much loved event. You'll see some familiar faces that include:

  • Carol Klein

  • Jekka McVicar

  • Chris Beardshaw

  • Terry Walton

  • Joe Swift.


Get the latest ideas for you garden with up to date gardening tips from amateurs and professionals alike. There's also the opportunity to grab yourself a bargain from our garden furniture range with special show deals on offer.
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