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Learning Journeys proving too popular!

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Visitors to RHS Chelsea Flower Show are so enthusiastic to visit our Miracle Gro’wers gardens that we have had to firmly ask them not to physically venture onto the gardens!

The RHS don’t allow the public to walk onto any garden, otherwise other people wouldn’t be able to photograph them or anyone else see the beautiful plants on display. So to provide a small barrier to entry we have had to install some Miracle-Gro bunting to do the job.

Our ‘bouncer’ Paul Patton and Miracle-Gro bunting stop excited visitors getting onto the gardens
Queen postage stamp
Suki Ellis from St Mellion School, Saltash, Cornwall, with our postage stamp version of ‘The Queen’

Enthusiasm for our colourful red, white and blue flower garden is in stark contrast to most of the other gardens that are ‘very designer’ with pink and pale mauve dominating most of them. Our bright colours contrast with the pale pastels of all the rest, that tend to merge into a similar look that is pretty but, in my opinion, very repetitive. Come on red, white and blue!

Miracle Gro’wers work in the heat

Churchfield Primary
Lily Sims and Lisa Allen from Churchfield Primary School with an admiring show visitor
Bloxham Primary
Oliver Broughton and Ellika Guzenda from Bloxham Primary School, Banbury, Oxon

Further thanks go to all the pupils who have worked so hard on the gardens. And now that we’re enjoying hot and humid weather, that becomes more of a challenge in the Great Pavilion. Phew!

Ellika Guzenda and Oliver Broughton from Bloxham Primary School, Banbury, Oxon, joined us on the flower garden to show off the stupendous Union Flag that dominates the back wall. They were happy to explain to hundreds of visitors exactly how they planted up such a complicated display that includes careful planting of 576 individual plants in red, white and blue. The flowers are now popping open and by the weekend should be in prime condition.

Connor Selby and Sweta Kharel from Charlton Manor, Greenwich, started on the flower garden, while Churchfield Primary from Cheshunt Wash manned the vegetable garden with Lily Sims and Lisa Allen. I attended Churchfield back in the 1950s when it was known at St Clement’s Primary, but we didn’t do anything as exciting as growing plants. How things have changed for the better.

Another Hertfordshire school - Four Swannes, Waltham Cross - attended in the afternoon and they were represented by Millie Spires, Nazli Carman and Erica Zeguile. To complete the line-up, pupils from Rastrick High School took the lunchtime slot with Suki Ellis from St Mellion School, Saltash, Cornwall, who posed so well with the stamp profile of Her Majesty The Queen, which her school planted with the help of Richard Harnett of Kernock Plants.


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