Judging Complete for this Year's Chelsea Flower Show | Love The Garden

Judging Complete for this Year's Chelsea Flower Show

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Judging has finished and plant collections are taking place as I write. So well done to all the Miracle-Gro’wers who have grown plants and provided props good enough for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. 

Now comes the hard part of putting the plants together to make beautiful gardens that show how things have changed through the last 100 years. Our designer Barry Holliman (Ladd’s Landscapes) has a massive job, but we wish him and his crew the best of luck.

Jane and I visited several Devon schools recently and were delighted with the plants and props on offer for the 1913 garden. Tomatoes and runner beans from youngsters of Stoodley Knowle School, Torquay, shallots, carrots and peas from Torre Primary and really tall cornflowers, cauliflower and spinach from St Mary’s, Buckfast really hit the spot. 

All pupils of Bradley Barton Primary attend 2 hour sessions every week in their Outdoor Classrooms where they trial seed sowing and plant growing in a scientific way. Perhaps that’s why their pots of sweet peas were in prime condition just ready to bloom for HM The Queen. After also seeing great runner beans, carrots and strawberries we were delighted to meet the classroom’s pet albino hedgehog called ‘Marshmallow’. What a wonderful place to learn!

Brixham and Topsham Primary Schools had built two amazing Sufragette scarecrows - well done. They really will look the part when chained to the black iron gates that Barry has found for the 1913 stand. 

Pupils of Chudleigh Knighton showed us great carrots, potatoes and a possible container of peas if they get a good dose of Miracle-Gro to green them up a bit. Decoy Primary had put together some great containers mixing lettuce with viola and beetroot with Kohl Rabi. A magnificent pot of mixed sweet peas should complete the flower display. 

Our final call was to Sidmouth College where secondary pupils had grown lots of food crops and pots of herbs for display. Highlights were the bucket of rhubarb, courgettes, and attractive red lettuce Lollo Rosso.

The sun continues to shine, so your plants will have extra time to put on growth before showtime. Fingers crossed that our designer Barry can sprinkle magic fairy dust on them all to make some beautiful gardens that will please the RHS judges.

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