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Miracle Gro'wers gardens - Judging Day

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Her Majesty The Queen meets some of the members of the Miracle Gro’wers team

Here’s an update on yesterday’s activities at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Monday is judging day, press day, celebrity day and the visit of the royal party.

Monday is such an important day at Chelsea, as we anticipate the judging of the stands by the panel of horticultural experts that assess the plant quality and the design and originality of all the gardens. It’s worth noting that the Miracle Gro’wers Learning Journey gardens are judged by the same criteria as all the others in the Giant Pavilion; the experts, even the professional growers. So it’s very tough to get a medal, especially in a season that has been the wettest and dullest for ages.

So it was great to find out this morning that both gardens were awarded RHS Silver Flora Medals. Two Silvers - we are cockahoop! Well done all the schools who accepted the challenge to grow for Chelsea, and especially well done to the schools whose plants finally ended up on display at the world’s most prestigious flower show.

Particular congratulations go to St Mellion school, Saltash, Cornwall, for the silhouette of Her Majesty The Queen, and to Bloxham Primary near Barbury, Oxon, for the Union Flag – which is gradually producing more flowers every day.

Press Day and The Queen’s visit

We welcomed on the gardens Imogen Burrowes, aged 9, of Holtspur School, Beaconsfield, and Sophie Parton and Dillon Price from East Bergholt Primary School, Suffolk. They did sterling work during the visit by members of the press and numerous celebrities, including Judith Chalmers. Thank you all. We have some great pictures of you on the stand and with the soldiers from the Headley Court garden next door. All were able to talk about their growing skills and were great ambassadors for all you Miralce Gro’wers out there.

Judith Chalmers
Judith Chalmers (left) and her sister Sandy with Sophie Parton and Dillon Price


Dillon was lucky enough to practice a new skill on the Hillier’s stand by taking a fencing lesson from the Olympic team who were there. No injuries were sustained and as soon as we have pictures we will put them online.

Even greater excitement occurred during the afternoon as a group of 10 children from Nelmes Primary School, Hornchurch, Essex, arrived for the private Royal visit.

Unfortunately Teddy was unwell in the afternoon, so his Dad came to pick him up. Hope you’re feeling better Teddy, but you weren’t the only one. As the children lined up with Mrs Wynn and Jane Hartley to meet Her Majesty the Queen, Jack Bickles, aged 6, was overwhelmed by the occasion and had to sit down at the street party table. Her Majesty was very concerned seeing a young lad with his head in his hands and asked Mrs Wynn if he was all right. It seems our Queen definitely has a soft spot for all her subjects. I’m happy to report that Jack soon improved, but that was after the disappearance of the Royal party and the host of photographers who crowded the pathways.

It was a fantastic day and we all had a great time. More news tomorrow on what the public feel, as pupils from 6 schools welcome the paying public.

Weather flash: a strange yellow ball has appeared in the sky - someone tells me that the sun is shining!


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