RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010

I have been wondering whether to go to the Chelsea Flower show this year. There is usually something about children’s gardening.

It looks as if the Children’s Society will be hosting another garden this year, one for the modern family. Designer Mark Gregory has taken his inspiration from the Society’s Well-being report. This found from a survey of nearly 7,000 10 – 15 year olds that what made children most happy were their family, friends and having freedom of choice. The garden reflects this need with a covered lounge seating area where families can unwind and relax around a safely designed fire pit or so the RHS press release says. Sounds a bit like a garden for outside couch potatoes. No information about planting, foliage etc so hopefully there will be more to the garden than this.

There is also a press release on the RHS site for Chelsea about dinner party allotments. This features the idea of growing your own ingredients for specific recipes rather than growing large quantities of veg.

Jet Cooke the founder explains
“I wanted to develop an adult Dinner Party Allotment package for people like me, who like to invite friends around to enjoy the occasional special meal using home grown produce, as well as a children’s package with recipes designed to make the most ardent non vegetable eaters give vegetables a go.”

I don’t know whether to be intrigued or saddened about this approach to grow your own. I suppose it gives you something other than house prices to talk about at your dinner party. If I do get to Chelsea watch this space because I shall be finding out more about the dinner party allotment.

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