Thursday 3 June 2010
Judges in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Budding Gardener Competition 2010 were “overwhelmed” and “amazed” by the effort, enthusiasm and creativeness of designs staged at all four RHS Gardens during this half term week. Over 60 miniature gardens have been built at RHS Gardens by local school children for this year’s competition and they will be on display throughout half term until Sunday 6 June. The competition to design a mini-garden at school for display at an RHS Garden was open to all member schools of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening (a free scheme for all schools).
Pallet gardens measuring only 1m x 1m are on display at RHS Gardens Wisley in Surrey, Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, Rosemoor in North Devon and Hyde Hall in Essex. Each garden was judged by RHS Curators and special VIP guests (full list of awards below). This week garden visitors are invited to vote for their favourite at each garden and with full voting boxes being emptied daily, the winners are set to be closely fought! Visit the RHS website to find out more http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Budding-Gardeners-Competition.
Jill Baker, Education Officer and one of the competition judges at RHS Garden Hyde Hall said; “We were overwhelmed with the quality and creativeness of the gardens. It very nearly brought us to tears trying to decide the rosette winners. In the end we decided that St Peter’s Primary School from South Weald was the Best in Show – we were just amazed by the attention to detail and stunning bug hotels.”
And dashing back from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to view the gardens, Hyde Hall Curator, Ian Le Gros said; “They are fantastic! I am amazed by the level of imagination that has gone into such small gardens.”
In addition to the mini-show gardens, families can enjoy a fun-filled week at all RHS Gardens this May half term. Highlights include:
• RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, is celebrating its 60th birthday this week with lots of events for families including mini willow-weaving workshops and the opportunity to plant up a container with plants to attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Click here for more details.
• RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex has turned into a mini-farm this week giving children the chance to meet ponies, sheep, guinea pigs and many more animals as well as enjoying a walk round the garden. Click here for more details.
• RHS Garden Rosemoor in North Devon is giving children and families the opportunity to design and print their own wallpaper as part of the ongoing William Morris – Inspired by Nature exhibition. Click here for more details.
• RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey is encouraging families to grow a Halloween pumpkin at home with family seed sowing events throughout the week. Click here for more details.
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The RHS Budding Gardener Competition is a free competition open to all schools which are members of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening (see below for details). To find out more visit http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Budding-Gardeners-Competition.
The full list of awards issued in the Competition this year:
RHS Garden Wisley
Best in Show: St Lawrence School, East Molesey, Surrey – ‘Waste Pot, want Pot’
Head of Site’s Award: Oak Grove College, Worthing, West Sussex – ‘Green Flowers and Growing Minds’
Chris Collins Award (Guest Judge): Tavistock Infants School, Fleet, Surrey – ‘Watching’
Curators Award: St Lawrence School, East Molesey, Surrey – ‘Waste Pot, Want Pot’
Most Original: Folly Hill Infant School, Farnham, Surrey – ‘Save the Children’
Most Decorative: Oaklands Junior School, Crowthorne, Berkshire – ‘Recycled Herb Garden’
Green Award: Alton Infant School, Alton, Hampshire – ‘We’ve no Room to Grow’
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Best in Show: St Peter’s CE Primary School, South Weald - “Bug Neighbours & Plant Friends”
Head of Site’s Award: Milton CE Primary School, Cambridge - “Growing to Give”
Guest Judge Award: St John Payne RC School, Chelmsford - “Dig for Victory”
Curator’s Award: Montgomerie Junior School, Benfleet - “The 3-Rs Soupa Garden”
Most Original: St Mary’s School, Colchester - “Seascape”
Most Decorative: Rodings Primary School, Leaden Roding - “Minibeast Sanctuary”
Green Award: Fairways Primary School, Leigh-on-Sea - “All Things Bright & Beautiful”
RHS Garden Rosemoor
Best in Show: Bere Alston Primary School, Yelverton, Devon – ‘Wicked Wildlife Wilderness’
Head of Site’s Award: Bere Alston Primary School, Yelverton, Devon – ‘Wicked Wildlife Wilderness’
Guest Judge Award: Bere Alston Primary School, Yelverton, Devon – ‘Wicked Wildlife Wilderness’
Curator’s Award: Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon – ‘Springtide’
Most Original: Honiton Community College, Honiton, Devon – ‘Lilliput’
Most Decorative: Southmead Primary School, Braunton, Devon – ‘Bee B and B’
Green Award: Bere Alston Primary School, Yelverton, Devon – ‘Wicked Wildlife Wilderness’
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Best in Show: Pocklington CE (VC) Infant School, Pocklington, East Yorkshire – ‘Pocklington CE Infant School’s Gardening Gang’
Head of Site’s Award: Streethouse Primary School, Pontefract, Wakefield – The Willow World Cup
Guest Judge Award: Middleton St Mary's C of E Primary, Leeds – ‘Help for Heroes Charity Garden’
Curator’s Award: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Junior School, Wakefield – ‘Aspects of Wakefield’
Most Original: Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School, Ash, Tadcaster – ‘Bug Central’
Most Decorative: Priestley House @ Batley Grammar School, Batley, Wakefield – ‘Priestley House Potting Shed’
Green Award: Aspin Park Primary School, Knaresborough – ‘ASPIN PARK – a bijou development exclusively open to all wildlife.’
Best Kitchen Garden: Markington CE Primary School, Harrogate – ‘From Plot to Plate’
Most Ornate: St John's Primary School, Clifton, Brighouse – ‘Rocky Retreat’
Most Inspiring: Bootham Junior School, York – ‘Our Garden of Senses’
Most Imaginative: Catcliffe Primary School, Rotherham – ‘Fairy Fern’s Tea Party Garden’
The RHS Campaign for Schools Gardening is the nationwide education programme run by the UK’s leading gardening charity. It has over 10,000 school members and teaches children the life skills of gardening, growing food, healthy eating and how to care for the environment. To find out more visit www.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening
RHS gardens are open all year (except Christmas Day) and entry is free for RHS members. Non-member entry prices vary. For full details, including opening times, entry prices and directions, visit http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens
About the RHS
The RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work includes undertaking scientific research into issues affecting gardeners, holding plant trials and educational events and activities.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk
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