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Schools start growing for Chelsea

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru
Peter Seabrook
Peter Seabrook shows pupils of Holy Trinity Primary School red, white and blue potatoes

Thorntree Primary
Pupils of Thorntree Primary School meet Christine Walkden and Paula Parker of Scotts Miracle-Gro

Nearly 350 schools have registered to take part in our Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey challenge to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables for our two gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

All of the vegetable seeds have gone out to the schools and many of the flowers have either been delivered or are on their way. Many schools will be growing Garvinea gerberas, red, white and blue Fanfare petunias and strawberries in pots and bags of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix.

Great growing schools

Most schools that took part last year have returned for more growing excitement. These include the Fermoys Garden Centre cluster from the Newton Abbot area of Devon and the Charlton Manor School cluster from Greenwich, South London. It’s a big welcome back to everyone involved last year – and a big welcome to all our new growers.

New to the Miracle-Gro’wers team are 14 schools from the Cheshunt area of Hertfordshire, who are supported by Aylett Nurseries, St Albans, and clusters of schools created by Meadow Croft Garden Centre, Rayleigh, Essex, and Burleydam Garden Centre, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Meeting, greeting and growing

Peter Seabrook, our supporter from The Sun newspaper has been out and about meeting some of the children at their schools. More than 100 parents, teachers and pupils attended an evening meeting at Corelli College in Greenwich, London. They were also delighted to hear from TV gardener Christine Walkden on how gardening had transformed her school life from ‘disinterested’ to ‘totally inspired’. We’re sure many of the children will experience the same excitement that growing and caring for plants can create.

Peter Seabrook took a special assembly for the pupils of Holy Trinity Primary School in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, where he showed them that potatoes could be found in many colours - including red, white and blue.

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