Another day and another 120,000 visitors are expected to visit the show, so we are preparing the leaflets and watering the plant ready for another onslaught.
Yesterday I didn't have room to thank all the schools that worked on the Miracle-Gro'wers stands on Tuesday. So today I must mention the Wylye Coyotes after-school club and attendees Grace (6) and Soren (9) who enjoyed meeting the public. Also on in the afternoon were Richard Lander School, all the way from Truro, Cornwall. The pupils had done a sterling job in designing and creating the balcony on which Juliet stands in proud isolation gazing at her Romeo. A grateful thanks goes to all concerned and to the pupils, including Rosie and Tiahna who grew the wonderful plants that are part of the display.
On Wednesday Christchurch Primary School from Shooters Hill, SE London took first shift and both Elisa Main (6) and James Chapman (10) helped to fill the Visitors Book with positive comments. Churchfield Primary from Cheshunt, Herts, were also early birds with Kyla (9) and Ruby (9) showing off the dianthus plants that they had grown to adult visitors. On the Romeo & Juliet garden Caradean (14) and Ryan (14) represented Wilmington Academy in Dartford, Kent.
The mid-day shift was covered by St Michael's Junior School with Mason, Nathaniel, Leah, Kira and Mason. They all worked hard giving out leaflets and showing off their magnificent strawberry plant called Malling Centenary that was dripping with fabulously big fruits. Also on around the lunchtime period was Boston West Academy, Lincolnshire, who had made a score of clay animals that decorated the central vegetable garden. Pupils, Isabella, Charlie, Ben, Lauren and Lauren showed off an owl, a mouse and a glorious hedgehog perched around a display of their Swiss Chard experimental plants. Teignemouth Community School, Devon was represented by Carrie (12) and Jasper (15) who had unfortunately damaged his right leg and had to pushed in a wheelchair. Nonetheless, they both enjoyed meeting the public and had a good laugh entertaining all comers.
Last shift of the day who bravely met the biggest crowds of the day included James and Josie from Sayes Court Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey and Christina and Cerys from Downfield Primary from Cheshunt, Herts.