SHOW GARDEN DESIGNERS OF TOMORROW AT SCHOOL GARDENS WORKSHOP

SHOW GARDEN DESIGNERS OF TOMORROW AT SCHOOL GARDENS WORKSHOP
24 March 2022

ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM ON SHOW AS THE DESIGNERS OF TOMORROW PREPARE FOR THE RHS MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL

The Showground was buzzing with energy on Thursday 17 March when it played host to children from schools in the three counties taking part in the RHS Malvern Spring Festival School Garden Challenge.

The Challenge? To build a show garden to reflect this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate the Queen’.

The aspiring garden designers were treated to a workshop by Chris Collins, former Blue Peter gardener and Schools Garden Champion. Chris discussed designing, building and selecting plants for their gardens, passed on tips and techniques for a great show garden and answered all their questions.

In the hands-on part of the day, the children learned more about outdoor planting and paper pot planting. All were engaged and excited and their laughter and chatter was a joy to hear.

The theme of ‘Celebrate the Queen’ may be the same but the designs range from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace and corgis to crowns…  With no formal training, the children have produced incredible designs and, coupled with their energy and enthusiasm, there’s literally no stopping this new generation of gardeners and designers!

Chris Collins, School Garden Champion said:

“It was a fabulous day. The children were full of ideas and imagination and it is a privilege to help them to achieve their designs. Today was a great example of the power, positivity, education and health benefits of gardening on show for all to see. And we could all do with harnessing some of their energy and vitality!”

The schools involved are Bredon School, Primary Quest Multi-Academy Trust, Royal Grammar School Worcester, WCG Pershore, Woodfield Academy and Wye Forest Federation.

The School Gardens will be on show at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 5-8 May 2022, on the Festival Green.

Please contact Jayne Unwin on jayne.unwin@threecounties.co.uk for more information.