The RHS is searching for Budding Young Gardeners to Get Growing for RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019

Wednesday 30 January 2019

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is looking for green-fingered youngsters (up to age 11) from across The Midlands and surrounding areas to design, grow and plant a sensory planter to go on display at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (5-9 July), partnered by Wedgwood.

Creative grow green planters created by school children in the community area of RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 (credit: RHS/Georgi Mabee)

The Grow Sensory Planters competition is open to schools and groups registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. The theme for the 2019 competition is ‘The Five Senses’, encouraging children to think outside the box and discover a variety of different plants based on their look, smell, and feel. Children are challenged to be inventive with the plants they grow and their planters must be made from either upcycled and/or recycled materials. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 26 February 2019.

At the show visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite entry via social media. The winning group will receive £200 worth of gardening vouchers, with second and third placed entries receiving £125 and £50 worth of gardening vouchers.

Ash Griffith, Assistant Show Manager for RHS Chatsworth Flower Show said: “This competition is a fantastic chance to show how much fun children can have with gardening. I was so impressed last year at how imaginative the groups were, especially with some of the upcycled containers that they presented us with! It’s lovely for the children to come along to the show and see their work being admired by our visitors.”

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Notes to editors

For further information please contact the RHS Press Office on 0207 821 3691 or email  

Event: RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019
Venue: Chatsworth, Derbyshire DE45 1PP
Date: 5-9 June 2019

Opening times:
Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8: 10am – 6.30pm
Sunday 9: 10am – 5.00pm
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About the Comp:
Each school or group must be registered with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening to be eligible to compete. It is easy and free to register by visiting 

 Entries are welcomed from all primary/junior schools and conservation/wildlife clubs (up to age 11 or Year 6) from the following counties of England: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire and West Midlands. UK schools and groups in areas not listed are welcome to enter the competition, but must be available to travel to the venue on the Build-up and Collection dates listed in the factsheet.

Only one entry per school is permitted. If your school consists of both primary and junior education, an entry from each will be permitted, but please make the distinction clear on your application.
There is no charge for entering the competition.

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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.

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