The world's best known and most prestigious flower show is taking shape. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 is held in the grounds of The Royal Hospital, London, from 19-23 May.
Many of the great and mighty in the world of gardening and horticulture will be at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, producing breathtaking displays with the WOW factor and desperate to win an RHS Medal to prove they have great growing skills. And we'll be there too – vying with the very best of them.
Once again, our amazing Miracle-Gro'wers schoolchildren have been growing plants at their schools for our displays and will be exhibiting them in the Discovery Area (stand GPJ/9) in the Great Pavilion.
The themes for our 2015 Chelsea display are Healthy Living, the need for tasty vegetables and edible flowers in the diet of schoolchildren and the importance of eating 5-A-Day. As part of our community outreach programme, Scotts Miracle-Gro has this year encouraged more than 10,000 school pupils to embrace and enjoy the benefits of gardening and horticulture – in some cases for the first time ever.
More than 100 schools, including 20 secondary academies, have grown edible plants for us and, at the same time, discovered some of the secrets and joys of gardening and healthy eating and living.
Our display is split into 2 areas.
On the main gangway, visitors to RHS Chelsea Flower Show will see our Food Garden – a productive school garden displaying fruit, edible flowers and healthy vegetables. Modern varieties of vegetables have been grown by the children, including clubroot-resistant cabbage Kilaton, climbing courgette Black Forest, decorative kale Scarlet, and container pea Bingo.
Our Levington Research Station has also been helping out with various sowings of herb seeds for display and tasting in the second area, the Kitchen Laboratory. This includes bunches of different carrot varieties, including: sweet ones, such as Sugarsnax and Tendersnax; unusual coloured varieties, such as Purple Sun, Yellowstone, Cosmic Purple and mixed Rainbow; plus carrot fly-resistant Flyaway and traditional Early Nantes.
Many of our Miracle-Gro'wers also have the honour of attending RHS Chelsea Flower Show when it is open to RHS members and the public – something uniquely not traditionally granted to children. They will describe the growing results from 2 experiments they have carried out.
A growing trial of Swiss chard or broad beans growing in plain soil, plain compost bin material and a mixture of both of these ingredients mixed with new Miracle-Gro Magic Start will prove that plants grow much better when the soil is improved.
A feeding trial was carried out by some schools using edible flowers of nasturtiums and pot marigolds. Plants grown in soil and fed by wetting the soil will be compared to unfed plants and those that were fed by spraying leaves (foliar feeding) to prove that fed plants grow bigger, better and stronger.
So, if you're going to the show, make some time to come and have a chat with the children and see the results of all their hard work and experiments. And keep your fingers crossed that they beat previous years, when our Miracle-Gro'wers were awarded prestigious Silver-Gilt and Silver RHS Medals, and go all the way and win an RHS Gold Medal!