Following the RHS medal-winning successes of our Miracle-Gro'wers Learning Journey gardens at the last two RHS Chelsea Flower Shows, our Miracle-Gro'wer schoolchildren have created no less than 4 gardens this year!
This year is the 100th since the Royal Horticultural Society first held its flower show on the site at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. To commemorate 100 years of Chelsea Flower Shows, our Miracle-Gro’wers created 4 gardens to show how gardening and the plants we grow have changed over that century.
You can see them for yourselves with Nicki Chapman on the BBC coverage of the show. Catch up on the BBC iPlayer; coverage starts at 29 minutes 55 seconds.
Our Miracle-Gro’wers have been very busy throughout spring growing all the plants for the gardens in one of the most challenging years known, thanks to the spring weather - which has even stumped some of the regular, professional growers and nurseries. So we're even more proud of their fabulous achievements.
The four gardens feature different varieties of plants that illustrate how plant breeders have gradually improved the beauty and impact of the plants we grow in our gardens. Different tools and products from the different ages are also on display.
One garden is dated the founding year of 1913, the second around the war years of the 1940s, the third in the 1970s and the final one is a modern garden of 2013.
The garden features heritage varieties of flowers and vegetables grown at that time.
These include varieties of sweet peas, potatoes, strawberries and roses.
Lawns are mown with a push mower.
The Dig For Victory campaign encouraged food growing during World War II.
Gardens at this time contained plenty of potatoes, broad beans, cabbages and even strawberries, mixed in with just a few flowers.
Usually, the lawn was dug up to provide more room to grow edible crops.
In the 1970s, outdoor living became all the rage with the introduction of a new word to the English language - patio - and the start of patio gardening.
Hanging baskets and container gardening were must-haves during this era.
The Flymo lawnmower is launched in the UK.
The current day. And the 2013 garden shows how plant breeders have improved our garden plants even further, including creating disease- and pest-resistant varieties.
The latest Flymo lawnmower - the Robotic Lawnmower.