The Miracle-Gro'wers Learning Journey at RHS Chelsea Flower Show | Love The Garden

The Miracle-Gro'wers Learning Journey at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

School children throughout the country have received composts, containers and giant planters in which to grow a wide variety of fruit, salads and vegetables for this garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. This learning journey has given them first hand the skills needed to grow their own food, the knowledge of the time it takes between sowing and harvesting and the chance to enjoy the fresh taste of home-grown produce.

The garden shows that anyone can grow their own food without an allotment or large vegetable patch, simply using windowsills, paved and other hard landscaped areas. A wide variety of different vegetables including some new cultivars can be seen.

The new cultivars will take visitors on a learning journey through some of the new forms of traditional foods that are bringing fresh colours and shapes to our meals.

Drawings and quotes from the participating schools

The cut flowers exhibit

Many inner city schools are surrounded by hard urban views with little foliage and fewer flowers. This garden highlights a project where schoolchildren from nine separate schools in the Charlton and Greenwich area of south east London were able to grow their own flowers and take a learning journey into plant care.

The garden shows that even without outside soil, anyone can grow beautiful flowers and foliage in containers using Miracle-Gro composts. The design also takes show visitors on a learning journey covering the development of gerbera daisies from tropical pot plants into a new hardy plant form. Signage on blackboards and the interactive electronic media available at the garden for visitors to test their knowledge demonstrate how teaching has taken a similar learning journey.

Schools participating in the RHS Chelsea competition

Heatherside County Junior SchoolWhite Rock Primary School

Participating schools: Fruit and vegetables exhibit – giant pavilion E2
Bidwell Brook Special School, Totnes
Blackpool C of E Primary School, Newton Abbot
Brixham C of E Primary School, Brixham
Brompton-Westbrook Primary School, Gillingham
Capel St Mary CEVC Primary School, Capel St Mary
Charlton Manor Primary School, Greenwich
Cherry Orchard Primary School, Greenwich
Decoy Community Primary School, Newton Abbot
East Bergholt CEVC Primary School, East Bergholt
Grayshott C of E School, Grayshott
Heatherside County Junior School, Fleet
Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Halstead
Ipplepen Primary School, Newton Abbot
Landscove C of E Primary School, Newton Abbot
Langford Lower School, Langford
Nelmes Primary School, Hornchurch
Newick C of E School, Lewes
Paignton Community and Sports College, Paignton
St Catherine C of E Primary School, Newton Abbot
Stoodley Knowle School, Newton
Sutton Bridge Westmere Community Primary school, Sutton Bridge
Taverham VC Junior School, Taverham
Teignmouth Community College, Teignmouth
Thriftwood School, Galleywood
White Rock Primary School, Paignton

Charlton Manor Primary SchoolBrompton-Westbrook Primary School

Participating schools: Cut flowers exhbit – giant pavilion E3
Cardwell Primary School, Greenwich
Charlton Manor Primary School, Greenwich
Cherry Orchard Primary School, Greenwich
Christ Church Primary School, Greenwich
Fossdene Primary School, Greenwich
Kidbrooke Secondary School, Greenwich
St Mary Magdelene CE Primary School, Greenwich
Thomas Tallis Secondary School, Greenwich
Thorntree Primary School, Greenwich

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