The Royal Horticultural Society announces the ‘BBC North West Tonight Garden’ at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, supported by Bruntwood. The garden is inspired by the poem ‘Up Here’ by Manchester based writer and performer Tony Walsh, championing the strength and resilience of the North West following the tragic Manchester Bombing on 22 May 2017.
The garden has been designed by Cheshire based award winning designer Janine Crimmins, and will be relocated to a local community after the show as a symbol of the unity and support that the NW has become famous for. The community will be selected via a competition launched by the RHS and BBC North West Tonight on Thursday 24 May, live from RHS Chelsea Flower Show where Janine has designed ‘A very English Garden’ in the Artisan category.
The ‘North West Tonight Garden’ is designed to draw people together in a space of calm and will feature a wealth of iconic North West elements including carved images of the Manchester Bee, which has long been a symbol of strength in the region, alongside poignant words from ‘Up Here’ engraved on locally sourced stone throughout the garden. A new rose being launched at the Show by local grower C & K Jones in memory of Saffie Roussos, who tragically died at the event, will feature within the planting.
The whole of the NW has until 8 June to apply via www.bbc.co.uk/NWT explaining what receiving the garden would mean to their community. The winning community will be announced on BBC North West Tonight on 15 June, with members of the community being invited to participate in the build of the garden at the Show, alongside presenters from BBC North West Tonight.
Isobel Coulter, show manager for RHS Tatton Park said: “We feel very privileged to have the BBC North West Tonight Garden representing such an important message at this year’s show. Having been held in Cheshire for 20 years in 2018, we are very familiar with the warmth, strength and grit that is truly unique to the spirit of the North West, and are excited to see this encapsulated in a space specifically designed to bring people together.”
Dianne Oxberry, BBC North West Tonight presenter said: “It’s fantastic to be a part of RHS Tatton Park this year. We are very excited about working with Janine and we are so pleased that one of our community groups will get to share the pleasure of the NorthWest Tonight garden.”
For more information and tickets to RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.