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The most Gloriumptious garden: The Big Friendly Garden: Tatton Park’s RHS show garden

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As the RHS moved in to Tatton Park earlier this month to prepare for this year’s Flower Show Tatton’s gardening team started work on their show garden.

This year the team have had the absolute pleasure of delving in to the creative and magical mind of Roald Dahl, the world’s number one storyteller, to bring to life one of his most iconic tales during Roald Dahl 100, the author’s centenary year.

Head gardener Simon Tetlow and his team have looked to one of Roald Dahl’s most charming and heart warming stories, The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), to capture their own version of Dream Country. This magical place is where the Big Friendly Giant takes 10-year-old Sophie……the land where the BFG catches dreams.

Dream Country has inspired Tatton’s gardeners to re-imagine a world at the beginning of time. The first glimpses of flowers that colour our world today can be seen emerging from damp, swampy forest floors. Their landscape is primordial – a damp misty place of mosses, ferns and dreams. Visitors will be able to enter the garden and imagine walking through an enchanting mystical land, a place where only good dreams are caught!

Out of all his stories Roald Dahl commented that The BFG was one of his favourites. The idea of a giant who captured dreams and kept them in bottles for children to enjoy while they were asleep was one Roald Dahl had been thinking about for some time. He even told the story of The Big Friendly Giant to his own children, climbing up on a ladder outside his daughters' bedroom and using a bamboo cane to pretend to blow happy dreams in through their window.

Simon Tetlow commented  “Inspired by Roald Dahl’s vision of Dream Country…. we’ve created our own mystical landscape. A pre-historic place far back in time……. the days before the flowering plants of today’s modern gardens. These Primordial woodlands are captivating, fragile places that are still in evidence today but are some of the most threatened habitats on our planets.

The garden and the RHS Flower Show co-incide with the UK release of the big screen adaptation of The BFG directed by Steven Spielberg.

Tatton’s Big Friendly Garden is just one of a host of celebrations taking place this year as part of Roald Dahl 100, a year packed with gloriumptious treats and squiffling surprises for everyone. Throughout 2016 the Cheshire Estate is hosting a packed programme of fun activities as part of Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park. Children visiting the Big Friendly Garden will have the chance of taking part in fun Roald Dahl inspired activities with members of the Tatton Park team.

Roald Dahl 100

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and squiffling surprises for everyone.  Go to www.roalddahl.com/roalddahl100 to find out more and don’t forget to get ready for the world's biggest Roald Dahl birthday party on 13th September 2016 by visiting www.roalddahl.com/party NOW and registering for your FREE Roald Dahl party pack. 

Tell us about your Roald Dahl party using #RoaldDahl100

The BFG Movie

From the imaginations of two of the world’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg, THE BFG tells the extraordinary tale of a young girl named Sophie (played by British newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (played by Oscar Winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Together they embark on a marvellous and buckswashling adventure filled with snozzcumbers, dream jars, frobscottle and even the Queen! The mismatched pair form an unlikely friendship that will inspire enormous bravery in the BFG and give Sophie a taste of the family she dreams of.

 For more information visit  www.facebook.com/BFGMovie/

 The RHS Flower Show

 About RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (20 – 24 July 2016):

20 July              RHS members only 10am – 6.30pm

21 – 23 July      RHS members and non-members 10am – 6:30pm

24 July              10am – 5pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: Tatton Park. Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN

Tickets: 0844 338 7546or www.rhs.org.uk/tatton

 Ticket prices range from £16.50 to £30. Children under 16 go free.

Images of the 2015 RHS Flower Shows are available to download at www.photoshelter.com. If you would like to sign up to have access to images, please email the RHS Press Office at showspr@rhs.org.uk and we will instruct you on how to create an account.

To apply for a media accreditation pass and for more information on the show, please visit http://press.rhs.org.uk

 About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing over 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join 

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Carole Mullineux on 01625 374410 ( carole.mullineux@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision