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Every Chelsea Flower Show garden has a Silver-Gilt lining

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)

William proudly shows his Headteacher, Lyn Elliott, one of the Silver-Gilt Medal presented to the gardens

As the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on what a brilliant week it has been. Saturday, 28 May is the last day of the show.

We’ve received some fantastic comments from gardeners who have visited the gardens, including a royal visit from Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Many visitors have left some lovely comments in our visitors’ book.

As well as the thrill of winning two Silver-Gilt Medals, one of the most enduring images has been the look of excitement on the children’s faces. They deserve all the plaudits for pulling off something so remarkable in just a matter of months in, what is after all, their first attempt at growing ‘medal winning’ plants!

Peter Seabrook from The Sun shows TV gardening presenter Rachel De Thame around the gardens

The schools involved in the Learning project have also been thrilled with the results and the enthusiasm their pupils have shown. I spoke to Tim Baker, Headmaster of Charlton Manor Primary School, Greenwich, London, who told me: “This Chelsea project has been hugely successful and satisfying for the whole school. It also showed how schools and big businesses like Scotts Miracle-Gro can work together to make a wonderful project come alive for the children. It all worked brilliantly.

Now used to the attention, Miracle-Gro'wers take the thronging crowds in their stride“Scotts Miracle-Gro has also helped to inspire our next project, working more closely with the local community, as I also want to get together with the other schools near us that have been involved with Chelsea to do more collective gardening.

“We’d love to get involved again next year - and this time get a Gold Medal! We’ve really enjoyed it. Even if we had to start growing tomorrow - we’ve certainly got the drive and the enthusiasm for it.”

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