In the final run-up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Peter Seabrook of The Sun and I visited 8 different schools in the Charlton area of London to assess how things were growing.
We also needed to see which flowering plants were best for the Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey show garden.
Amazingly, the pupils at Thorntree Primary School have managed to get giant tree lilies into bloom in about 14 weeks without a heated greenhouse. What beautiful results, thanks to perfect care and a little help from Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Compost. The teachers and pupils were so excited – the atmosphere at the lunch playtime photo call was electric. What surprised me was that these plants, now about 1.5m (5ft) tall, had survived in a busy school corridor during winter and in the corner of an outdoor classroom all spring! Pupils did all the watering and guarded the plants with dedication.
Well done all at Thorntree, and to Kidbrooke Secondary and St Mary Magdalene Primary schools who have also grown some magnificent tree lilies just ready to come into bloom.
At Charlton Manor Primary, Kidbrooke Secondary and Christchurch Church of England Primary, we found plenty of Gerbera Garvinea in great condition. This new strain of hardy gerbera is going to amaze visitors.
If you’re coming to Chelsea Flower Show, don’t forget to come and have a look how well the children have done. The stand number is GPE3 in the Great Pavilion.