In the afternoon we welcomed students that had travelled great distances to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. From way down west were pupils of Brixham CofE Primary School, Devon.
Even after a long journey Grace and Thomas did a great job, even though the leaflets were being rationed so that we didn’t run out too early.
All the way from Rossendale, Lancashire were Ellouise and Exley from Balladen Community Primary School who worked hard right up to final bell at 4pm when the show officially closed. Two full days of Press visitors and five days of visiting public from 8am to 8pm had left us all tired and drained, and we were looking forward to a well-deserved rest.
As you may have seen on the television visitors are able to buy and take away plants that are sold from stands in the show. The frenzy of activity created some very anxious buyers trying to pick up bargains, despite the problems of getting some of the hugest plants in the garden home via taxis, buses and the underground system. We even had one visitor get really agitated because we wouldn’t reserve some of our plants especially for her. Still I suppose that getting only one slightly hostile visitor during the entire show wasn’t a bad record. Some people in pursuit of a bargain really can be very pushy - whether it’s at a jumble sale or at the best Flower Show in the World.
I will be doing a show roundup on these pages in a few days time where I will also show some of the pictures that I haven’t had space to feature. If I have missed your school out, then please let me know and I will try to include your smiling faces (after shouts of Teeth; Peas and Miracle-Gro!) next time.