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Samuel Thomas Wright

Paying tribute to the man who pioneered the first RHS Chelsea Flower Show back in 1913

Myself, Miss Mee and a group of my gardening Buds have had a wonderful and very interesting day at St Peter's Church, Snelston, Ashbourne, paying tribute to Samuel Thomas Wright. He was the gentleman who organised the first Chelsea Flower Show back in 1913, that's why we are commemorating his achievements in its centenary. We were asked to do the project by Scotts Miracle Gro, the company who sponsors a stand at Chelsea, and of course we jumped at the chance. With Chaucer appearing at the 100th show this year, I felt it very poignant to celebrate the fact that he too came from Derbyshire. And also that he created the show that is still arguably the best gardening show in the world.

We were then joined by John Clowes of Miracle Gro who kindly supplied the spring bulbs and a selection of flowers which we then planted on the grave of the Wright family. Also joining us was Rev. Geraldine Pond, Richard Ward the church warden and Mr and Mrs Stanton the neighbours to the church. They had very kindly laid on refreshments for us to enjoy, and bought along old photos of Snelston Hall which was sadly demolished in the 1950's. This is where Samuel was first apprenticed on leaving school at the age of 12.

The Ashbourne Telegraph then arrived to take some photos of our visit, they should be in the newspaper next week. Before heading home we were kindly invited to join Mrs Stanton to have a look at her working greenhouse next door, and more exciting for the children invited to pick dozens of conkers from one of her Horse Chestnut trees.

I would personally like to thank Rev. Pond and Mr and Mrs Stanton for their hospitality and also John Clowes for letting us join in this wonderful project with them. It was a pleasure to be asked to do it with our children and each and every one of them were a credit to our school!   Mrs Wheatley    

For more photos please click here.

To read about the exploits in some of the local papers please follow the links below.

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