Congratulations for Ken Dodd at Tatton Park flower show

Comedian Ken Dodd was celebrated at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park where Preston City Council created a National Flower Bed Competition garden in his honour.

Dodd:  a rose by any other name - image: RHS
Dodd: a rose by any other name - image: RHS

The garden was reworked from Southport Flower Show in 2008. Council gardener Tony Lewis said cost-cutting meant that Preston had not exhibited at shows since, but a combination of growing their own plants, the recycled garden and a £2,000 grant from the RHS has lured them back to Tatton. Preston's garden designer Alan Rampling said the plot might prove to be his swansong.

The Jersey Boys had the longest trip to the Tatton Park show of all the exhibitors, with Parish of St Helier gardeners Dale Hector and Michael le Cornu enduring a 12-hour boat journey and six-hour drive from the Channel Islands to the Cheshire showground. Their flower bed competition-winning entry featured thousands of Echiveria propagaters by Hector.


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