Miracle-Gro'wers Learning Journey wows the crowds at RHS Chelsea 2011 | Love The Garden

Miracle-Gro'wers Learning Journey wows the crowds at RHS Chelsea 2011

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)

Today at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is known as the press and celebrities day, when writers, journalists, photographers and broadcasters mingle with celebrities to take a sneak preview of the show before it opens to the public tomorrow.

And, of course, Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family get to have their own special tour of the show before the special RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gala tonight.

The Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey – Cut Flowers Garden (stand GPE3)The Miracle-Growers Learning Journey – Fruit and Vegetables Garden (stand GPE2)

I’m sure Her Majesty will be taking a great interest in the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey gardens this evening and will be given a tour of the gardens by Peter Seabrook of The Sun. But earlier today the area in front of the garden was heaving with press and celebrities alike, all wanting to know how the gardens were created and the role the schoolchildren played in growing the plants. No more so than Barbara Windsor, who came back to look at the gardens no less than 3 times during the day.

Peter Seabrook of The Sun (left) with Barbara Windsor and Katie WilloughbyPeter Seabrook with Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and 3 of our schoolchildren growers

Among our most important visitors were 3 of the schoolchildren who grew the plants for the gardens. Mark Copleston and Leka Pathmanathan, both aged 8 and from Charlton Manor Primary School in Greenwich, London, grew flowers for the Cut Flowers Garden. Katie Willoughby, aged 10 from Heatherside Junior School, Fleet, Hampshire, was responsible for growing the spinach and shallots for the Fruit and Vegetable Garden.

Even Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelmen, visited the gardens while launching the Food Growing in Schools Task Force at the show.

If you’re going to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week, come along and see the fabulous results. The two gardens, the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey – Fruit and Vegetables Garden (stand GPE2) and the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey – Cut Flowers Garden (stand GPE3) are in the Great Pavilion.

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