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Getting young gardeners growing at Chelsea Flower Show

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By John Clowes, Gardening Guru

The Generation Gardens, created by The Sun newspaper in the Great Pavilion at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, features a wide range of flowers, fruit and vegetables grown by schoolchildren in composts supplied by Miracle-Gro, who is sponsoring the gardens.

Gro’wing your own

Schoolchildren throughout the country have received Miracle-Gro composts and containers to grow their fruit, salads and vegetables for the “Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey – Fruit & Vegetables Garden”. This learning journey in plant care has been designed to give them first-hand skills in growing their own food – from sowing to harvesting – and educate their palates to the fresh taste of home-grown food. A wide variety of different vegetables, including many new varieties, will be on display.

Cutting your own

It is really lovely to see how children get totally involved in the growing process and relish this challenge.

There is a separate flower garden, the “Miracle-Gro’wers Learning Journey – Cut Flowers Garden”, which features flowers and shrubs grown by schoolchildren from Greenwich, London. It includes shrubs, plants and bulbs suitable for cut flower displays, including the exciting new Garvinia and Landscape series of gerberas from Thompson & Morgan. This learning journey undertaken by the pupils shows that, even in small areas, anyone can grow beautiful flowers and foliage in containers filled with Miracle-Gro compost.

Jane Hartley, Schools Co-ordinator at Scotts Miracle-Gro, said: “It is really lovely to see how children get totally involved in the growing process and relish this challenge. They are excited to be part of this project and just cant wait to get their hands dirty. I am looking forward to seeing their results and hearing all about their experiences of growing.”

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