And now the end is near...
As the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show draws to a close, we have some more heroic Miracle Gro’wers to say a big thank you and well done to for their sterling work on the Learning Journey gardens.
This is especially so, as the weather is bright and sunny outside, but hot and humid inside the Great Pavilion - not easy conditions to work in.
As a result of the better weather, the Union Flag is almost in full colour and the shape is much easier to distinguish.
Early birds to meet the public were Ryan King and Emily Prior from Willmington Academy and Elloise Hartley - a volunteer from Grayshott Primary, Surrey - who stood in for an hour or so while pupils from Meeching Valley Primary school were delayed as they had to catch a late train from Newhaven in East Sussex. That didn’t stop sterling work from Leo Cody, a real live wire, and Millie West. Leo was pleased to meet soldiers from next-door’s Headley Court Garden and learned how to present a near-perfect salute from Scots Guardsman Dave Watson.
From noon onwards we welcomed pupils from Devon to central London. Brixham Primary and Teignmouth Community College took the lunchtime slots and Sidmouth College and Torre Primary School the last scheduled slots for the afternoon.
The great wheelbarrow in red, white and blue flowers from Sidmouth College was well displayed by Connor Herrett and Scott Treloar, and Katie Beard wowed the crowds with a most beautiful smile and some very attractive gerberas. Surprise guests on the stand included four pupils of Thorntree Primary School, Greenwich, who were brought to the show by a host of mums, dads and even a nan and granddad. The girls - Lucy, Shannon, Maddie and Georgia - had a great time handing out leaflets and meeting the crowd.