Chelsea garden has important messages for children

banner-9dbea776-9f9e-40d9-b8c5-31bf973ab6a0The Miracle-Gro Urban School Garden will feature at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show with an edible garden designed around school playground themes. The aim is to show a wide variety of edible flowers, fruit bushes and attractive vegetables and how they can green a grey Britain.

The garden will show the added benefits that can be obtained from Greening Grey Britain as it highlights how a community garden with this amount of diversity would enable everyone to enjoy 5-a-day, improve their health and happiness and help to create more fresh food fans.

Using scientific tests pupils from more than a hundred primary and secondary schools have been growing carrots and cabbages under fair test conditions to learn how feeding and growing media affect the final crops of everyday vegetables.

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Statistical results of their trials and typical plants will be shown within two areas of the playground areas, a three swing frame will show the results of the school’s cabbage-growing experiment and a climbing frame will support results from their carrot experiments.

Raised beds in a hop-scotch shaped vegetable patch will display the benefits of 5-a-day and a full sized children’s slide construction with lettuce steps, red lettuce top platform and sweeping slope of red and green saladings will show how attractive a ‘slide-salad’ can be.

New varieties of existing edibles will show how breeders are improving the taste and variety of our food crops.

The Miracle-Gro’wers Academy at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be based in the Discovery Area at the show.

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