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Miracle Gro'wers Chelsea gardens take shape

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru
Planting starts on the first of the gardens, using gerberas grown by various school children

Building Stand

What an amazing few days we’ve had on our run up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Plants in all manner of containers were efficiently collected from 35 different schools all around the country, thanks to the efficiancy of the Miracle-Gro team of customer development executives. Well done everyone. They were transported from their growing points to a friend’s farm near Cambridge – many thanks David Rayner – and loaded up on special plant trolleys for their journey by Delamore lorry to central London.

At the show

If you’ve never been involved with creating a garden at a flower show, you’ve no idea all the hard work that’s involved. And, as the first image shows – it’s very much a blank canvas when you arrive at the showground!

Everything arrived safely, although on close inspection some of the tender climbing French beans had suffered from frost damage somewhere in the last fortnight and they are not quite up to standard for the judges.

Our designers from The Garden Design Company at Scotsdales Garden Centre in Cambridge and Geoff Whiten then started their work making everything look beautiful. They grouped material, placed things on shelves and positioned bags, pots and containers to best advantage.

Postage stamp celebration of the Diamond Jubilee

Queen Stamp

The silhouette of Her Majesty The Queen, planted in the shape of a postage stamp by pupils of St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall, looks even better now that it has its show position on the wall. It was planted up using low-growing alpine plants and succulents in a typical ‘carpet bedding’ scheme. And the suitcase from Minety, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, has front line position.

Now we just need to find all the labels to make sure all the schools are identified…

We will be giving regular updates on how the gardens get on in the medal judging as the show progresses. Find out more about the Miracle Gro’wers Learning Journey.

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