5 Jun 2008

Say it with flowers

05 June 2008

Jungle. Prairie. Enchanted fairy woodland. To a child, a garden can be all of these places. It doesn’t have to be a big garden, just somewhere safe, somewhere to talk to friends, somewhere to play, somewhere to get lost in imagination. At The Children's Society we believe that every child deserves a good childhood. And we know that a garden can play an important part in achieving this.

This was our second year at the Show and this time our garden had an eco-friendly theme, and with designer and seasoned garden constructor Mark Gregory, behind the helm, sorry spade, we potted, planted and watered to create a urban garden for the future.

Our garden explored a space where families can spend time together and children could learn about environmental responsibility. Vertical bicycle storage was incorporated under a cantilevered porch and water harvesting facilities; waste and recycling storage were also discreetly tucked away.

Melinda Messenger, TV presenter and mother of three, launched the charity's garden with children's TV favourites, Great Uncle Bulgaria and Wellington of the Wombles. Melinda said: "I'm so chuffed to be at the Chelsea Flower Show this year supporting The Children's Society garden. It's great that the charity wants to make front gardens green again. As a mother I think it's really important that we create safe, fun spaces for our kids to spend time and learn about the environment. The Children's Society garden shows that you can have a practical child-friendly space that is still definitely a show stopping garden."

Show stopping it was and judges awarded Mark and our garden, a gold medal on judging day!