Michael John McGarr talks us through his Tatton Park garden ...

By The Secret Gardener

We were massively pleased to be awarded a silver medal at the 2016 RHS Tatton Flower Show for our garden design 'From Hall to Home'. The show garden celebrates the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth and looks at how his signature naturalistic planting style has influenced contemporary garden design today. 

The show garden was part of the Evolution Gardens section at Tatton, and featured a bust of the great man himself, along with a Palladian-inspired arbour, old-style brick paving and corten steel water bowls. The planting involved perennial meadow planting, alongside a more traditional clipped hedging interspersed with hard landscaping. 

The garden was sponsored by Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, Lancashire.


We were thrilled to work with Bradstone again, who very kindly donated their Mode Textured in Graphite, 600 x 300mm, to edge our hard landscaping design.
Michael John McGarr


My business partner Robert Warnes manages all the landscaping and build for any show garden, and he always insists on using the absolute best products. We were very happy to be using Bradstone products, as every little detail counts towards the final overall look.

In the weeks leading up to the Tatton Show we were deluged with rain, which set us back by a good few days and really put us through our paces. Our team put absolutely everything into getting the job done, ready for the blazing sunshine to come out for the five-day event.


We’re hoping that elements of this show garden will be taken to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

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The Secret Gardener is an award-winning landscaper, specialising in bringing colour and ambience to any space.

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