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Four Silver Gilts at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Just one point off Gold!

Tuesday morning at 6.30am and I arrived in the Great Pavilion to find the results of RHS judging. What amazing success - together we’ve managed to win four Silver Gilt medals for the Miracle-Gro’wers gardens. Well done all you Miracle-Gro’wers!

The plants on display were judged as equal to most of the others in the show and in many cases even better. Speaking to the Chairman of the Floral Panel, Mr Redwood, he told us that all the gardens easily achieved Silver Gilt standard and the 2013 garden was only one point short of a Gold. Something to aim for in the future, everyone.

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Yesterday (Monday) was an exciting time for all. Pupils and staff from Bradley Barton, travelled all the way from Newton Abbot to man the 1913 garden. Our thanks to Anya and Lucy for working so hard. On the 1940’s garden James and Gemma from Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston showed off their Anderson shelter, tools and Homeguard potatoes. They also met Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles. Their evaquee costumes were much appreciated by all the celebrities that visited too.

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Milly and Erin from Corelli College manned the 1970’s garden showing a great tea set mobile and matching printed curtain material. They introduced the new strawberry Malling Centenary to Prince Edward who was easily persuaded to take a taste. They tell me that when he picked up the huge ripe fruit he said, “Wow, that one looks as if it's been fed with Miracle-Gro!” It hadn’t, but we get what he meant. It did look luscious.

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Amy and Dillon from Hobletts Manor, Hemel Hempstead, Hartfordshire showed celebrity visitors the 2013 garden. Here’s a list of some of the visitors. Kirsty Allsop, Floella Benjamin, Ben Fogle, Martin Kemp, Sophie Rayworth, Judith Chalmers, Mary Berry, Peter Sissons and my favourite, Joanna Lumley.

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