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    RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 23-27 July

    Having always enjoyed the outdoors I tended to leave gardening matters to my former ex being the most green fingered of the two

    In fact I live on an area of land that back in the 60s was part of a farm growing a well known name of Rhubarb. For our younger members thats a plant that looks suspiciously like celery only it's sweeter and tinged in red colours.

    My outdoor pursuits revolved around cycling, rambling and pot-holing or caving. Ah-ha - I here you saw that is more of an indoor sport. Caves and tunnels - mmm - technically right but you don't find rivers, lakes, mud slides or ravines at 0 degrees in your average house.

    Where am I going with this you might well ask.

    After a young, innocent sporty life that was cut short i its prime due to a sporting incident. I still had that burning urge to feel the wind on my face, heat and raindrops around my eyes so I joined the National Trust for fresh air, gentle strolls and a feeling of inner peace.

    Occasionally I have these mad ideas to fulfil an urge ad caution is thrown to the wind. One of those days happened a few weeks ago when I bought tickets to this Flower Show before asking permission from people I wanted to invite.

    So the main person a special ticket was bought for was mum as she loves gardening. Secondly my niece touched lucky as she was in the room when I asked.

    Now green fingered mum does not want to go due to the number of people in the show.

    So now I am of an age where I like gardens!

    HOT OFF THE PRESS TODAY . . .

    Well I never - just received my 2014 Carnival Catologue - with 180 A5 pages.
    Below is a map of the staged area - it's enormous!

    Colour coded

    Black squares - Show Gardens
    Light Green - Grow
    Lilac - Inspire
    Pink - Escape
    Yellow - Feast

    RHS-MAP-20.jpg

    The disabled entrance and parking / scooters are on the RIGHT of this map. I will be entering the park at the Rostherne entrance so I'll ask a warden to let me turn LEFT away from the public car park in order to park outside the show entrance - ideal!!

    Things are hotting up!
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    Maybe gardening is an age thing - I certainly got into gardening only in the past few years.

    I have always been interested in wildlife and the countryside, although preferring a spot of wildlife watching to Lighttouch's adrenaline fuelled sports! I completed a biology degree with an emphasis on animal behaviour and environmental studies and did my final year dissertation on male dominance in chimpanzees!!! That took me to Chester zoo for the practical side and I have been a member of the zoo for a few years now. The ability to indulge in these interests was challenged by the fact that I became a wheelchair user in 1989 (didn't stop me completing my degree and going on field trips - I insisted that they accommodated me). I guess what happened to me then happens to lots of people in that real life, especially work, takes over and there is less time to indulge in hobbies. I never lost my interest but didn't get out and about as often as I'd have liked. I never lost my interest in the outdoors but I was more likely to be found in a shopping centre than a garden!

    Gradually as I got older the habitat and plant life aspect began to interest me more and I also took up photography with an emphasis on wildlife and zoo photography so I started going out and about more and enjoying the natural world around me. Then 2 years ago, after never really being interested in gardening, plants or flowers, I suddenly got the gardening bug. I can even pinpoint the exact week - it was the last week of March 2012. If anyone has that good a memory you'll remember that it was a scorcher of a week. I was off work that week as I was having new windows put in. All of a sudden everything came together and I found myself in B&Q buying some tomato seeds! And so my passion for gardening grew, much to the amusement of my friends. I can only really grow in containers as I have no garden (live in a flat) or balcony. No space of my own at all. But I love trying to grow veg in pots and just put them outside my window as I am fortunately on the ground floor. I have also surreptitiously adopted a small area of garden in front of my flat so slip in plants now and again, mainly spring bulbs and flowers. Now I love visiting gardens, national trust properties, garden centres etc. My real passion is still wildlife but I feel you can't separate animals from their habitat and once interested in plants in general that sort of naturally leads on to gardens and gardening. A few years ago I also got interested in photography (wildlife and zoo photography mainly) so all my interests sort of merged and became one. I've still got my L plates on as a gardener but I love finding out about new plants and get a real kick out of growing veg from seed. Cheap, organic and no air miles! I love watching seeds germinate and then grow up to be big, healthy plants which then produce flowers and finally fruit etc. I wasn't the least bit interested in gardening as a young adult - it is something that has just suddenly developed in middle age.

    I went to Tatton flower show for the first time in 2012, went last year and am going again this year. I was a bit concerned the first time that it might all be a bit "ladies who garden" but it wasn't and there was a good variety of stuff to see - it's not all flowers, there are fruit and veg sections too. Then there's the show gardens to enjoy (and sometimes to enjoy criticising!). I'm really looking forward to this year. And I'm sure I'll come back with a plant or 2!

    So how did everyone else get interested in gardens and gardening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighttouch View Post
    HOT OFF THE PRESS TODAY . . .

    Well I never - just received my 2014 Carnival Catologue - with 180 A5 pages.
    Below is a map of the staged area - it's enormous!

    Colour coded

    Black squares - Show Gardens
    Light Green - Grow
    Lilac - Inspire
    Pink - Escape
    Yellow - Feast

    RHS-MAP-20.jpg

    The disabled entrance and parking / scooters are on the RIGHT of this map. I will be entering the park at the Rostherne entrance so I'll ask a warden to let me turn LEFT away from the public car park in order to park outside the show entrance - ideal!!

    Things are hotting up!
    Lighttouch - be aware that you may not be able to park where you think you can. If you have never been to the flower show before don't assume it will be the same as visiting Tatton at any other time. There are 2 entrances to the flower show - the deer park entrance and the manion house entrance. You will not be allowed to park outside the manion house entrance. That area is cordoned off and there are marquees etc for rhs membership, ticket collection, scooter and wheelchair collection etc. The best place to park is the disabled parking marked on the map near the deer park entrance on the right of the map. That is a short walk to one of the wheelchair/scooter collection points (of which there are 2) and the show entrance. I only have 1 experience of using the other entrance (back in 2012) and then I had to park some way away and use the shuttle bus to the mansion house entrance. Remember that interest in gardening and flower shows does tend to be age related and there will be many blue badge holders there. You will not be allowed to dictate where you park. I don't know Tatton in general all that well so dont' know what the Rostherne entrance is but there are many car parks and all have disabled parking. The one marked on the map as disabled parking is for disabled parking only and that is where I will aim to park. Last year I parked there and just followed the signs. It is where they direct everyone to until it fills up. Once that's full blue badge holders will be directed to other car parks.

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    Hi Catlover, I know Tatton Park quite well and I've never parked in the public car park yet. I'll park by the entrance to the show by the scooters. It may not be protocol but that's what I'll be doing.

    Well, I'll be bring my two nieces aged 27 and 23. They are a credit to my sister who passed away two years ago from ovarian cancer - bless her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighttouch View Post
    Hi Catlover, I know Tatton Park quite well
    Have you ever been to the flower show though? Not the same as visiting Tatton for a general visit. The entire Park and surrounding roads will all be geared up for the show with one way systems and road closures. There are approx. 80,000 visitors over the 5 days so that's a lot of people, many of them arriving and leaving at the same time. If a road is closed you will not be able to flash a smile and a blue badge and be allowed to go down it! If you think they will let you go the wrong way down a one way road - well good luck to you! I look forward to hearing how you get on. I shall simply arrive early, park as near to the front of the disabled parking as possible then walk to the nearby scooter collection point and from there on to the deer park entrance.

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    Just found this road closure information . . .

    The traffic restrictions between 7am and 7pm will be:

    · No right turns on the A556 at Bucklow Hill traffic lights for northbound traffic turning onto Mereside Road, Mere
    · No right turns on the A556 for northbound traffic turning into Cherry Tree Lane, Rostherne
    · No right turns from Cherry Tree Lane onto the A556 From 7pm on July 21 until 7am on July 27, cylinders will be placed on the A556 from the Bowdon roundabout to just past the junction with Cherry Tree Lane to stop vehicles changing lanes.

    Drivers will not be allowed to park on Garden Road, Mereheath Lane from its junction with Garden Road to the end of the 30mph limit, and Tatton Street from the junction with King Street to the double yellow lines.
    Access will be allowed to most of the properties along those roads, although Ashley Road will be blocked at its junction with Birkenheath Lane.

    Police will also close Ashley Road, Marsh Lane, Cicely Mill Lane and Rostherne Lane in Rostherne.

    All town centre shops and car parks in Knutsford will be open as usual.
    Free shuttle buses will take visitors from Tatton Park’s Knutsford gate into the show.

    I would normally use the roads highlighted in red which the Police are now closing - I'll need to chew over a route that won't involve queuing for hours - in theory!

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    I think you may be over thinking all this trying to come up with some ingenious way to beat the system, Lighttouch! Try to chill out and smell the flowers If you arrive early you are unlikely to be caught in any queues (I wasn't last year). If you arrive later you may but the whole purpose of the one way system is to keep traffic moving. When it comes to the best parking it will be first come first served.

    I will be aiming to do the same as last year - get there early, park in the disabled parking which is the closest you can get to an entrance. If for any reason we dont' get there as early as planned, I will just take a chill pill and not get frustrated. The shuttle buses are pretty good and if I have a problem walking to the scooter collection point I can always send my friend ahead to try and get one brought to me. I have always found the marshalls and staff in general to be very helpful (last year someone took the plants etc that we had bought to the car for us).

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    I will have to sound my nieces out about an early start on Sunday - just hope they aren't burning the midnight oil the night before.

    Gosh just had an invite to a matinee showing of Around the World in 80 days at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Surprising how you get invited out having got transport, a Blue Badge for parking and eligibility for 241 tickets - I'm being used! Such is life! lol.

    Thanks for mentioning Chester Zoo - haven't been in ages but having seen their access arrangements I'll give it a whirl with camera in tow! http://www.chesterzoo.org/plan-your-...abled-visitors

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    well tomorrow's the day

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    I feel nervous for you. It's like you're being released into a battle zone.

    Good luck Catlover , we'll be thinking about you . Don't forget your hat, sun lotion and cash.

    Report back about the experience after you recover. )

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