RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015
We had an amazing day representing our school at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
It was such a privilege for us to be the only school from Derbyshire, to be chosen to appear on the 'Miracle Growers Academy' Stand this year. Around 100 schools helped with the 'Food For Life' growing challenge from all around the country, and around 25 were invited to the show during the week
I had been in contact with Paul Cummins MBE (The creator of 'Tower Poppies') before RHS Chelsea started, and told him it would be lovely to meet him whilst we were at the show, as he also comes from Derbyshire. He very kindly agreed to meet us. His new sculpture called 'Candy', a 8M tall tower of ceramic Tulips, looked majestic standing tall in the Great Pavilion
Evie and Finn enjoyed talking to the public about the experiments we had carried out. The visitors had come from far and wide, including Sweden, America and Australia. They were very interested in what we had been growing for RHS Chelsea, as well as taking a look through our photo book. They also loved hearing about all the fun we have in our 'Gardening Club' at Chaucer Junior School
Before RHS Chelsea started, I managed to arrange a few meetings for us during our visit. Two of these guests very kindly came to our stand. Firstly Lena Watson, an excellent allotment grower and past contestant off the tv show 'Big Allotment Challenge'. Then we were very excited to see Rob Dawson, a contestant off the tv show ' The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge'. Both enjoyed looking through our photo book, and hearing about our lovely school
We had a great time on the stand, which is sponsored by Miracle Gro, and enjoyed every moment. When it was time to leave the stand, we headed off to find the garden designers and their show gardens. We were so lucky to be able to meet Ruth Willmott on the Fresh Gardens with her 'Breakthrough For Breast Cancer' Garden. Then, Jo Thompson with her 'Retreat' Garden on Main Avenue. All these gardens were absolutely stunning, and we had the privilege of viewing them from inside the ropes, a view that is rare to most of the visitors. The second garden we viewed on Main Avenue was designed by Kamelia Bin Zaal, titled 'The Beauty Of Islam' . An inspirational and beautiful garden, and symbolising the message of peace
It was an amazing experience to meet the designers. Before it was time to go home though, we got to meet the first ever amateur gardener to have a show garden on Main Avenue, Sean Murray. He had taken part, along with Rob Dawson in the tv show 'The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. He was the winner of the show, which gave him a lifetime opportunity of having a garden, where you would normally only dream of. Rob had also helped Sean with his planting in his garden. It was very special for us to experience being on this garden, a first in RHS Chelsea's history.Well done Sean!
It was a fantastic day, and an experience we will always remember!
Our school will receive a RHS Silver Gilt Flora along with the other schools that took part in the 'Miracle Growers Academy'
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