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Busy time for all

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Miracle-Gro transport has been whizzing around the country all last week collecting plants and props from more than 40 schools from Cornwall to Yorkshire. It’s all been a mad rush with schools sending in photos, us judging and then organising collections, but thanks for your co-operation, especially for careful labelling.

Now we have most of the props together in Reading waiting for Barry and his Ladd’s team to start construction on Tuesday morning - the first day we are allowed on the Chelsea site in the Giant Pavilion.

During April, Jane and I enjoyed some interesting visits to some of our Miracle-Gro’wers that have provided plants and props. I went to Yorkshire to meet the pupils of The Dearne ALC in Goldthorpe and was impressed by their growing trials of sweet williams, and their dedication to Flower Magic. On a separate trip to the Midlands Jane visited pupils of Killisick Children’s Centre and Pinewood Primary school followed by an amazing tea party at Chaucer Junior’s where we met the Major and Mayoress of Ilkeston plus Cabinet Minister John Hayes MP. The pupils, with the help of Trowells Garden Centre had created a magnificent garden for their visitors and produced some great cakes that were enjoyed by scores of guests including many parents.

The Dearne
Students of The Dearne ALC, near Rotherham, Yorkshire show off the results of their sweet Williams growing trials.
Chaucer Junior
Tea Party line up at Chaucer Juniors, Ilkeston with pupils in costume showing off props for the Chelsea stand.

On May Day I also visited Digby Primary near Sleaford and was impressed with their really strong sweet peas that had been specially trained in a spiral to produce flower stems all round the pot. Let’s hope they pop into bloom on time as the threatened sun and warm weather arrive this weekend.

Closer to home, we visited Ranelagh School in Bracknell, Berks and selected lots of plants to fill out Alice’s flower garden, and Charlton Manor Primary in Greenwich who are helping with lots of flowers and veg. They are the only school to have successfully grown spring cabbage in pots and they have done a great job.

Digby students hold the poor sweet peas still struggling in garden soil with huge compost- grown plants on stand ready to burst into bloom.
Felix Ursell, A Level student at Corelli College, Greenwich with some of the plants and pupils who he photographed for our Chelsea Flower Show graphics.

Last thing to report was the visit to Corelli College to view a very professional photo shoot of their own pupils and some pupils of nearby Charlton Manor. The photographer was A Level student Felix Ursell who took plenty of pictures for use on the graphics panels at the back of each of the stands. If you come to Chelsea you will be able to admire Felix’s work in all it’s glory. Well done Felix! We are sure you have a great career ahead of you.


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