News from RHS Chelsea Flower Show Saturday
It’s the final day and after a few repairs to the flower display of the 2013 garden we are up and running as usual. Luckily the sun is shining and it threatens to be warmer than previous days so no gloves required yet.
Archie and Ellie from Four Swannes, Waltham Cross plus James and Ryan from Wilmington Academy, Dartford were earliest to report as they had the least distance to travel. Next on the train to arrive were the brothers Conor and Finlay Walker from Brixham Primary, Devon. Finlay was quickly photographed beside the Suffragette figure that he had masterminded. Pupils from Flore Primary School in Northants were delighted to see the printed leaflet they were giving away to the hoards of visitors, as it contained two drawings of seed packets that they had drawn. It is great artwork, thank you.
Schools from further away from London continued to arrive for the lunchtime shifts. Jessica and James from Sayes Court Junior School in Surrey dressed up in appropriate 1970’s flared trousers and brought out their school’s Love, Peace, Joy cushion for their photograph. Pupils from Hobletts Manor School, Hemel Hempstead, Julia, Sasha, Maddy and Abbie, were quick to note the new strawberry ‘Malling Centenary’ on display but it was Sasha who guarded the remaining fruit with hilarious dedication. Towards the end of the day we hear there were just 4 fruits left, but it is not confirmed if she ate them all. But certainly at least one was relished.
Longer distance schools were next to arrive with Chloe and Heather from Landscove Primary, Newton Abbot followed by Ruby and James from Chaucer Primary, Ilkestone, Derbyshire dressed to impress. Well done all. A big thankyou to TA at Minety Pre-School for coming along to see on Chelsea display the three junior suffragette dolls created and sown by her under 5 pupils. Unfortunately under 6’s are not allowed entry to the RHS show and rules is rules, no matter what they have contributed. Hopefully the pictures taken home will satisfy the youngsters’ curiosity.
Before the ringing of the 4 o’clock bell to announce that the sell off of plants can commence, we also welcomed brother and sister Imogen and Ethan Burrows from Holtspur Primary in Beaconsfield, who were quick to spot their space hopper toy filled with potatoes. All the way from Torquay were the junior gardeners from Stoodley Knowle Independent School for girls, Freya and Amelia. This is Freya’s second time to Chelsea and she prepared a book showing the school’s growing excellence and what they had achieved this year.
Well done to all the Miracle-Gro’wers who have worked on the stands throughout the week. We know it’s tiring, but we also hope you had an exciting time meeting the public and talking about your gardening achievements. Well done too to Jane Hartley and Paul Patton who have staffed the stand and kept everything running smoothly, and to the Miracle-Gro Marketing team headed by Paula Parker for providing the budgets and support to make the Miracle-Gro Schools Growing Initative happen. And a big thank you to our media partner in these endeavours, Mr Peter Seabrook, who with The Sun newspaper has provided the initial inspiration to encourage more schools to garden.