School children from Chilton Primary School in Oxfordshire and staff from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have contributed to the ‘Helping Children Grow’ exhibit at next week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The gardening club at Chilton Primary School have sown the word GROW in lettuces to form a key part of the ‘Helping Children Grow’ exhibit, which features in the Discovery Zone of the Great Pavilion at the show.  The exhibit promotes National Children’s Gardening Week, which takes place between 25 May - 2 June 2019, and is co-ordinated by the Chilton based HTA – the trade association for the garden industry.

HTA staff Caroline Norton and Natalie Ilsley have also contributed to the exhibit by growing runner beans and tomatoes. The runner beans will be used in a show stopping tipi feature demonstrating fun ways of incorporating vegetables into a garden.


Working with National Children’s Gardening Week Ambassador Chris Collins the exhibit features fun and inspiring projects such as edible planters, a pizza wheel, runner bean tipis and a wildlife hotel.  There will also be information and images provided by schools and garden centre businesses about the benefits they’ve seen from getting children involved in gardening.

Research shows that children aren’t playing outside as much as previous generations and spending 17 hours each week watching TV and 20 hours a week online*. As well as being good outdoor fun involvement in gardening at school has been shown to have many benefits to physical health, mental wellbeing, social skills, behaviour and learning**.

National Children’s Gardening Week Ambassador and designer of the exhibit Chris Collins comments, “It feels like we have come a long way with children’s gardening in the last 10 years. Campaigns like National Children’s Gardening Week have brought the subject of healthy eating, growing plants and mindfulness to garden centres and schools across the country. This year at Chelsea we aim to celebrate this incredible rise in the numbers of young gardeners and inspire even more young people with simple ideas and fun projects to encourage them, their parents and grandparents to have a go.”

The exhibit will feature herbs, salad, petunias, tomatoes and runner beans along with three new plants, all of which have been entered into the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Award. These are: Nepeta Neptune, Ajuga Princess Nadia, Apple Eden.

Many thanks to exhibit supporters including Aylett Nurseries, Frank P Matthew’s, Gardener’s Kitchen, Lindum Turf, Melcourt Industries, Suttons, Thompson & Morgan, Volmary, Woodlodge and Worfield Plants.

More information on the new plants and ‘Helping Children Grow’ exhibit can be found at www.hta.org.uk/chelsea2019 

To find out more about National Children’s Gardening Week 2019 and events taking place in UK garden centres during the week visit - www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk

or join in the fun on twitter @NCGW_

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