Chorleywood Primary were selected for the second year running to create a mini show garden as part of the annual Budding Gardeners competition hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening. Hundreds of schools enter the competition which ran from 26 May to 6 June and was open to all school ages from nursery foundation right through to secondary school. This year’s theme was Space, selected to run alongside the space rocket competition with Tim Peake which the school also took part in.
Sophie Parmar, 9, and Eva Mirpuri, 10, both won an internal competition at Chorleywood Primary and combined their garden designs to take part in the competition at RHS Wisley.
“We had to design a space garden at school.’ says Sophie, “ Mrs Roberts chose my design and Eva’s design. The prize was to go to Wisley and build a garden with Eva using our designs. It was a hot and sunny day and we had great fun building the garden with Mrs Davies. There were lots of other schools there making their gardens as well”.
The garden, called Galactic Galaxy, combined an array of planets depicted by exotic plants and flowers including alliums, gerberas and cacti and won a Silver award.
“ A telescope allows you to view, admire and dream a kaleidoscope of Swarovski crystal installations just like space.” explains School Gardening Coordinator Claire Davies, “The moon was depicted with Tim Peake on the edge accompanied by his space rocket. All the non plant materials such as the rocket, Tim Peake and some planets were made by Sophie and Eva and they built the garden themselves.”
” It was really nice to work with Sophie this year and be a team”