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Open at last!

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

Chelsea Flower Show is at last open to the public and sure enough the crowds rushed through the gates at 8am eager to see the wonders of this year’s displays. None of them ever realise the site, just a few weeks ago, was an empty field. The transformation for just one week is just miraculous. Especially on the four Miracle-Gro’wers stands in the Great Pavilion.

 

Digby School on the 1940’s garden
Digby School on the 1940’s garden

Eleanor and Isobel from Carr Green Primary
Eleanor and Isobel from Carr Green Primary

 

The lucky schools invited to attend were soon meeting and greeting the public and giving out the leaflets that Jane had printed. During the day each garden was staffed by 3 schools and what great fun they all had.

Early birds from Four Swannes Primary in Waltham Cross, Herts were Favour and Nicole who worked on the 1913 garden. Josephine, Hannah, Alex and other youngsters and their teacher from Digby Primary in Lincolnshire were dressed resplendently in evacuee costume on the 1940s display. On the 1970’s garden, teachers Sue Taylor and Lesley Turner turned up in Flower Power costume while their pupils Zara and Eron were content to wear their school uniform. A charming couple of Card kids from Cornwall (what amazing alliteration) called Lucy Card and brother Joshua were real stars of the 2013 display - few visitors were allowed to walk away without a leaflet!

 

Lucy and Joshua Card from St. Meriadoc
Lucy and Joshua Card from St. Meriadoc

Marlborough Primary School
Marlborough Primary School

 

Other schools on parade were Wilmington Academy, Dartford Kent with Chikezie and Tyler politely doing the honours and Craig and Andrew from Countess Anne Primary in Hatfield, Herts.

Some schools had travelled really long distances. Eleanor and Isobel from Carr Green Primary had travelled all the way from Brighouse in Yorkshire to be pictured with their Land Army Lady they had called Dorothy - while Abby and Sophia had travelled all the way from The Erme Primary, in Ivybridge, Devon . Thank to you all for the hard work yuou put in talking to the thousands of visitors who flocked to our stands, especially the ones I have failed to mention.

 

Granton Primary School
Granton Primary School

St Anne Line Catholic Junior School
St Anne Line Catholic Junior School

 

My day started really early too, although I only travelled from my hotel in Pimlico. I was on parade at 6.30am to meet the BBC crew and Christine Walkden who had come to interview a Miracle-Gro person for the red button channel of the BBC.

We spent the next four hours recording the interview that ranged across all four gardens and highlighted the changes to gardens and gardening over the last 100 years. I haven’t seen the results yet, but the director says that they will edit all the material down to just 8 minutes of me babbling on how well our Miracle-Gro’wers have achieved gardening greatness. I hope I haven’t let you down!!! You can judge for yourself on channel 301. It wasn’t on my 301 on Wednesday - perhaps it will be broadcast on Thursday. I think you will also be able to catch up on the BBC iPlayer too.

 

Sophia and Abby from The Erme, Ivybridge
Sophia and Abby from The Erme, Ivybridge

Wilmington Academy, Tyler and Chikezie
Wilmington Academy, Tyler and Chikezie

 

 

Schoolchildren on Tuesday with medal cards
Schoolchildren on Tuesday with medal cards

Christine Walkden enjoys a new strawberry on TV
Christine Walkden enjoys a new strawberry on TV

 

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