At this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Miracle-Gro'wers Academy Garden was awarded a fantastic Silver-Gilt Medal!
Over 120 schools were involved in growing plants for the gardens 'experiment' section, where is was proven that modern fertilisers were better than some traditional ones, and that peat-free composts had improved so much that they were now performing well alongside peat-based/reduced ones. The experiments were all done in fair test conditions and recorded scientifically, incorporating science, maths and fun!
We had a huge number of people taking the time to talk to us about the garden and understand how we work with schools. A few celebs stopped by and of course it was great to see our friends The Chelsea Pensioners. We gathered a huge amount of fantastic comments thanks to the amazing amount of hard work put in by the many school children who helped us out on every day of the show.
Our friends at Thompson & Morgan had some of their new and innovative plants on our stand, including a runner-up in 'Plant of The Year' - Egg'n'Chips, an aubergine plant grafted onto a potato plant, so you get aubergines and potatoes on the same plant! Matt Allwright from Rogue Traders seemed very interested in this plant and needed some convincing it was genuine!
One of our main aims of this garden was to show what could be achieved in an urban space. Even without soil to plant in, this garden could be built onto hard standing as it consists of raised planters deep enough to sustain good, healthy growth of most plants.
We took the decision to stand by our claims - Greening a Grey Britain, Bringing Communities Together, Improving Health & Happiness, Creating Fresh Food Fans and of course.... Serving Up a Slide Salad! So we are very happy to announce that the garden will relocate to a school in Wakefield, Lawefield Primary School. Many of the pupils here have no garden space at home and will not get the opportunity to grow plants anywhere else other than at school. With no current school garden, or funds available to create one, we felt this school was a great choice and the excitement of the pupils... and teachers!... has been overwhelming.
Jamie Butterworth - RHS Ambassador - is extremely keen on encouraging schools and children to get involved in horticulture, his contagious enthusiasm will be a huge benefit for encouraging a new wave of young growers to start growing plants at school and at home. We have teamed up with Jamie to relocate this school and help the garden be used in line with the school syllabus.
The Jamie Butterworth Miracle-Gro'wers Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, was awarded to teachers and students of Lawefield Primary School during the show and plans to be constructed and opened later this year.
The garden relocation will be part of a huge global initiative by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, called GRO1000.
Starting in 2011 and through our 150th anniversary in 2018, ScottsMiracle-Gro® is supporting the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the markets we serve. We’re finding neighbourhoods in need of green spaces, schools in need of places to play, and communities in need of beautification and revitalization.