Growing our Miracle-Gro'wers Union flag
Six pupils from Bloxham Primary School, Bloxham, Adderbury, Oxfordshire, visited the growing nursery of plant breeder, producer and distributor of flowering plants, Ball Colegrave, to help plant up 36 VertiGarden modules that will, when hung together, produce a giant Union flag.
The flower flag, measuring 4×2m (13 × 6ft 6in), is intended to be hung on the back wall of the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The theme for this year’s Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey gardens is The Queen’s Jubilee Celebration, and flowers and vegetables in red, white and blue will compliment the traditional appeal of the British national flag in flowers.
Planting of the modules is a critical stage for producing the correct pattern in plants. Each module has 16 planting stations, so 576 red, white and blue plants need to be positioned accurately for the flag image to be reproduced in flowers. The experts at Ball Colegrave produced a detailed planting plan for each of the planting stations and marked each of the 36 Verti-Garden modules with coloured markers to help with the job undertaken by the schoolchildren.
The chosen flowers are petunias from the Fanfare series, bred by British patio plant breeder partnership, David and Priscilla Kerley. This special strain of petunias produces vivid colours that should attract a great deal of attention from show visitors, the press, TV – and hopefully the Royal party!