The Gardens Group is celebrating the news that its plants have helped Dorset Cereals' Edible Playground garden to achieve a Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!
"We waited with bated breath to hear the news and once we got the call from Chelsea we were all overjoyed to think that our rows and rows of lettuces, onions, carrots, runner beans and strawberries had stood up to the judges' scrutiny. It's a nerve racking process growing for such a high profile show and once the plants go into the ground you can only hope and pray that they don't all die of shock!" explained James Foster Pegg, Director of Poundbury Gardens who won a silver medal at Chelsea in 2002 and so is well informed about the trials and tribulations of entering such a demanding show.
The Gardens Group grew a whole range of vegetable plants to fill the raised beds of the Dorset Cereals Edible Playground, but not all the plants were professionally grown.
"Some of the plants were grown by our young Garden Gang members and when we were watching the television coverage of Chelsea we could see their sunflowers just beginning to flower. It was great to see Alan Titchmarsh standing next to our sunflowers and strawberries and it seems he was impressed with the whole garden so we are delighted for Nick Williams-Ellis the designer and the whole team," said Mike Burks, MD of The Gardens Group.
Beetroot was also grown by young gardeners from Thornford School's gardening club and this was planted in pride of place in the Edible Playground garden. Wheat, grown by Pearce Seeds of Sherborne was also carefully delivered and planted.
"The Gold medal is a great result for so many people, and lots of children in Dorset and we are pleased that we played our part in growing such strong and healthy plants!" finished Mike Burks.
The work continues as The Gardens Group is now growing a large number of vegetable plants for the Hampton Court Flower Show which takes place from 7th - 13th July, when Dorset Cereals Edible Playground will be making another appearance - but this time in a Show Garden.