The Rt. Hon John Hayes, Senior Parliamentary Advisor to the Prime Minister..... Thank you Sir for your interest and support!!
Chaucer Junior School at Chelsea what a day! Along with a selected few schools entering the Scott's Miracle Grow Competition, Chaucer,won the opportunity to have 4 complimentary tickets down to the wonderful show in London, having worked hard on the 'Compost challenge' and creating their own garden in the school with of course our support from ourselves here at Trowell Garden Centre, Head Mistress Anna Upton, dedicated parent Kerry Wheatly,Head of the school's Gardening 'BUD CLUB',proud pupils Lydia Bedford and James Wheatly, alias Alice and the Mad Hatter,all took their turn on the prestigious suppliers 'Scotts'(Miracle Grow), Silver-Gilt Award Winning Garden stand at the show sharing with the general public how their school got to the show through their gardening experience,using an album of recorded fantastic photos and memorabilia not forgetting that magical enthusiasm!
A well deserved and earned ice cream and off course a very special drink for Anna and Kerry! Trowell's owners David and Barbara Henshaw and myself enjoyed the opportunity too and were so pleased to see The Rt. Hon Jon Hayes,Senior Parliamentary Advisor to the Prime Minister drop by having already turned up to see the garden at the school,Thank you Sir for your support!! The day will always be a memory but the garden is there to stay! Well done Chaucer! from all the Team in Trowell,so proud of you all! T.x
Kerry Wheatley, the Boss Bud of Chaucer Junior School's Gardening 'Bud' club enters this year's Scott's Competition with a wining visit to Chelsea outcome, for the second year running!
Knowing Kerry's horticultural passion and dedication to the school as a parent Trowell took great pleasure in supporting her and the school in working with their gardening Team,Kerry,the Buds,and Alan and Derek. Trowell donated plants,trugs,composts and gardening props to enhance the the key theme of the Garden 'Alice in wonderland at the Mad Hatters Tea Party'.
The supplier Scott's key focus was for the school to show how different composts will grow plants differently wanting to draw attention to the impacts of their own branded makes and the variety and impacts these can make compared to other suppliers out there A lot of detailed planting began back in January from seed to plant,these were judged in particular by the judges along with recorded evidence from Kerry as to how she involved the children in this journey.
The Garden's theme was to reflect the above hence we evolved the 'Compost Cupcake' idea with Kerry,using brightly coloured Trugs and planting these up with a variety of Scotts own composts to suit various plants like the Rhododendron, the Pieris (Forest Flame), the Clematis (Early Sensation), the Bay Tree(Laurus Noblis Spriral),the Mexican Orange Blossom (Choisya Santania),the French Lavender,the Salix (Hakuro Nishiki),the miniature Apple Tree, the Grafted Tomato Plants and the Yellow Peppers,and the Giant Phormium! 64 bags of Scott's own Miracle Grow Compost was then planted up in their own colourful,original bags by the team using beautiful deep purple and pink Senitti's and purple pansies! Artificial Grass,a stone gravel pathway,a gorgeous metal Archway,stone bench and some play full decorative rabbits were added to compliment the other magical props that would form the 'miniature tea party' that Kerry and relevant teachers and friends either made or contributed!
Then of course to enjoy the day of 'Judgement',the official visit from Scotts's judges John and Jane! Thursday, 1st May ,2014! The local mayor agreed to very kindly open the garden 'officially' for the school, ready for the 'judges to visit' and other visitors to enjoy!
The school Head, Anna, allowed a real life tea party to be organised, to feed all who came,cakes,cakes cakes and more cakes were created in the most creative and decorative manner and were very gorgeous indeed! A lovely hot cup of tea,served in a beautiful bone Tea China,.....a beautiful afternoon Tea,so much effort was made and very appreciated! Then the finale when even the children came out to join us all in relevant Mad Hatters costumes, a lot of smiles where had, all in the day,of a school,a garden centre,and a supplier-Scotts excellent motivation of a competition (www.loveyourgarden.co.uk) a Win Win Win for us all!!!
Who enjoyed a great day! Kerry Wheatly,Derek,Alan, the Scott's Judges John and Jane, The local Ilkeston Mayor Val Clare and daughter,Councillor Mike Wallis, Maggie Throup, Cabinet Office/Minister of State The Rt. Hon John Hayes, BBC'S Allotment programme contestant Jo Wesley,the School Head Anna,Teachers,Parents and pupils, and us the Trowell Garden Centre's owner's Barbara and David Henshaw,and me Tania Simpson Retail Operations Manager here in Trowell. A special bottle of Champagne was given to Kerry from the Garden Centre Owners,delighted to know she has lead Chaucer School to another win to visit the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the second year on the run........Congratulations!