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The finishing touches

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

The four Miracle-Gro'wers gardens are almost complete. Thanks to the LADDS Landscape team headed by Barry Holliman we have seen four patches in the Grand Pavilion changed miraculously to clearly tell the story of how gardens and gardening have changed over the last 100 years.

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Thanks to many of the 200 schools that took up the challenge to grow for th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we have provided some great flowers, fruit and vegetable plants that will hopefully wow the judges who are coming today to see our 2013 submissions.

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Many thanks to everyone who has contributed. We couldn’t have done it without your unstinting effort to grow through one of the most difficult springs in living memory. It’s still cold and wet - let’s hope the weather warms up for the visitors when the gates of the show open for the first time to the general public.

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I’ve met the President of the Royal Horticultrual Society, Elizabeth Banks, and she had nothing but praise for all your efforts. She was amazed and amused to see your interpretation of our 100 year’s theme with props that brought a smile to her face. She was delighted to see the RHS logo depicted in carpet bedding and so too was the principal of Capel Manor College, Stephen Dowbiggin who has asked if he can plant it up at the college in Enfield Middlesex. From the reaction so far from other exhibitors we have potential for medal-winning results!

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On Sunday the BBC recorded a commentary on the four gardens by Nicki Chapman. If you missed it that evening, take a look on the BBC iPlayer coverage of the RHS Flower Show (BBC1). You may see your own plants on display.

There will be more news from the show as the week progresses but enjoy the pictures showing the four gardens in all their glory. Thanks again for all your hard work growing the plants, we hope you like the final gardens.


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