School planting display for famous flower show

Northgate School Arts College has been selected to grow plants for the Chelsea Flower Show to be mounted by the Royal Horticultural Society during May 2013.
Northgate School Arts College has been selected to grow plants for the Chelsea Flower Show to be mounted by the Royal Horticultural Society during May 2013.

Students at a special school in Northampton have been selected to grow plants which will be displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Pupils at Northgate School Arts College, in Queens Park Parade, have been asked to be part of the ‘Learing Journey’ exhibition at the event and their work will be judged by experts from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

John Negus, co-ordinator of the gardening project at the school, said “It’s a great privilege for our school to be asked to grow plants for the most prestigious flower show in the world.

“Our pupils are really excited to be part of the Learning Journey gardens. Let’s hope we can reach the high standards expected by the RHS judges.”

The Learning Journey gardens – dated 1913, 1940s, 1970s and 2013 – will show visitors how plant breeders have gradually improved the blooms of flowers and the size and flavour of vegetables to fit in with changing British garden fashions.

The exhibition is part of the flower show’s 100th anniversary in London and pupils from more than 200 schools around the country have been selected to grow plants this year.

The plants grown by pupils at Northgate will be displayed in the Grand Pavilion after the company, Miracle-Gro, agreed to use school-grown plants for their Learning Journey gardens. The pupil’s progress can be followed on www.
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