News from RHS Chelsea Flower Show Friday
So that we can picture as many schools as possible, we decided to take group shots so that as many of our Miracle-Gro’wers would have a moment of fame as possible. Here you can see the two boys in blue on the left of the pic are Luke and Caleb from Fagley Primary, Bradford together with the group from Barrow CofE Primary School in Chester in the centre. Together they looked after the Dig for Victory garden all day in appropriate 40’s dress and a lively time was had by all. Both adults and pupils were certainly tired by the end of their shifts.
In black jumpers are two pupils from Charlton Manor Primary, Greenwich, Gracie and Callum. At the back are three senior students from Wilmington Academy, Dartford, Kent who are also pictured with Joe Swift - left to right: Jack Williams, Josh Waterman and Tyrone Ralph. This celeb was invited on to the stand by Academy Tutor, Lloyd Burke, who inspired the students to get involved.
Other Miracle-Gro’wers who worked hard meeting the public and obtaining excellent remarks in our Visitors’ Books were Tyrone and Katie from Marlborough Primary in Harrow. Katie was resplendent in pink Flower Power. Everyone loved the hat and flares. Also working hard were a group of pupils from Ickworth Park in Bury St Edmunds and the beautiful buttercup yellow pupils of Nelmes Primary in Hornchurch. Thanks Mrs Wynn for bringing along such show-stoppers to point out your amazing Gro Your Own Planter full of tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.
Joe Swift also met the planters of the huge RHS 100 Year carpet bedding from Stoke Climsland Primary, Corwall. Amelie and Elena from the village were able to show the picture that was taken at Kernock Park Plants two month ago when the carpet bedding was first planted up in hundreds of different plant cells. Comparing the two was amazing and showed what an accurate job our Miracle-Gro’wers had achieved at planting time.
Last but not least is the group picture taken with Alan Titchmarsh. He had just finished filming a piece for the Beeb on the opposite stand - raving about the wonderful display of Essex strawberries from Ken Muir Nurseries. So we decided to group our bevy of beauties right behind the cameras with Katelyn and Jet from Chudleigh Knighton, Devon in the front with our own bowl of our new ‘Malling Centenary’ variety of strawberry to tempt him in.
With just a few words into the shell-like ear of the one of his assistants by Miracle-Gro’s Vicky Page the job was done. Alan came towards us, and, after some explanation of the strawberry’s provenance, he declared, “Well that’s really something special”. I asked him if he had time for a group pic and he quickly joined us on the stand while Paul Patton climbed the already waiting step-ladder to steal the moment for posterity.
Now that Alan has ventured on the stand we hope that he will show a little more interest in Children’s Growing at Chelsea. But we all had a great day and despite the cold