Some of the children from Garden Club entered a competition to design and build a container from recycled materials and plant it with a multitude of sensory plants. Our entry was accepted and then taken and displayed at this year's Chatsworth Show. Some of the children then went to the show and had a great day out in the spectacular setting of Chatsworth House grounds.
After a very early start they arrived at the show and checked out their own entry first and then looked at all the other schools. All the entries were excellent; the children from different schools had come up with fantastic ideas to use items for containers which would otherwise have been thrown away. Our container was made up of a couple of old chairs and a stool, an old garden trug, an old Henry hoover pipe, an old scooter tyre and an old umbrella! The planting was almost all grown from seed by the children at school and we planted up as many smelly, tasty, rustly, touchy/feely and good to look at plants as we could cram in! People visiting the show will be able to vote for their favourite by posting a photo on twitter so if you able to visit the show, please vote for us! Many, many thanks to Mr Hardcastle who helped the children construct the container and also drove it down to Chatsworth for us.
The day also included lots of activities including making tree crowns with acclaimed florist Jonathan Moseley, making wooden pendants and a garden dibber using a foot-powered lathe, looking at the beautiful gardens and flower displays and a little bit of retail therapy in the floral marquee! Ice creams and churros also featured in our itinerary! The children were lucky enough to meet and chat with Gardener's World presenter and renowned garden designer Adam Frost! All in all the children had a wonderful day and were impeccably behaved and it was a pleasure to take them around the show.