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Visiting Schools With Their Silver-Gilt Awards

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru
Miracle-Growers from Nelmes Primary School with Miracle-Gro Schools Co-ordinator Jane Hartley

Miracle-Gro Schools Co-ordinator, Jane Hartley, and I have been out and about in the last fortnight visiting some of the schools that grew such wonderful flowers, fruit and vegetables for our two Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

All the pupils were fascinated to see pictures of the gardens and to see the many visitors, Royal and public, photographed visiting us at Britain’s premier gardening show. We also showed them a DVD taken during the show week, which included some of the children telling the stories of their learning journeys to gardening fame.

Miracle-Gro'wers from East Bergholt Primary with Peter Seabrook and Jane HartleyMiracle Growers from 7 schools from south-east London with Val and Steve Bradley and Jane HartleyA fine collection of Miracle Gro'wers from 6 schools from Devon with Jane

White Rock Primary School in Paignton, Devon, acted as host to 6 schools that enjoyed the show and were each presented with a genuine RHS Silver-Gilt Medal. Parents, grandparents and others were invited along to see first hand the great results and the fun the pupils had at Chelsea.

Later we gathered together some pupils from 7 schools from south-east London at Charlton Manor Primary School, Greenwich, who helped to grow the magnificent gerberas and giant tree lilies for the flower garden. Val and Steve Bradley from The Sun newspaper were present to give out the RHS Silver-Gilt Medals to a highly delighted audience.

Then we were on to East Anglia to 3 assemblies organised on one day at East Bergholt Primary, Near Colchester; Capel St Mary Primary, Near Ipswich; and Nelmes Primary School, Hornchurch, Essex.

What a very busy time - but what a joy to see so many happy young faces, so full of enthusiasm and pride at the results of their growing success.

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