Squire’s Garden Centres joined forces with the Environment Agency to invite local school children to design a planting scheme for a flowerbed at Teddington lock.
The children were given a template of the circular flowerbed, which has a sundial in the middle, and were invited to suggest colours and patterns that could be planted up. The schools taking part in the competition were Hampton Hill Junior, and Latchmere School, and there were a total of 131 entries.
Sarah Squire (Deputy Chairman at Squire’s) and Mandy Marshall (from the Environment Agency) judged the designs, and the top 14 childrenwere invited to Afternoon Tea with their parents at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham on Thursday 4th June.
The overall winner was Ella Jones, aged 10 from Hampton Hill Junior School. Her winning design has been planted at Teddington Lock, with Squire’s providing all the plants, and it looks absolutely stunning. Shewas also presented with a family ticket to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which takes place on 30 June – 5th July, and where Squire’s Garden Centres will have a Show Garden called “Urban Oasis”.
The prize was presented by Gemma Lake (Deputy Show Manager, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), assisted by James Overy (Waterways Officer) and Colin Squire (Squire’s Chairman). The theme of the competition this year was 25 years of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The judges were looking for something that fitted the theme but that was also achievable in plants, and would look good all summer long. Ella’s design incorporated the Tudor Rose symbolizing the Palace, and was a striking design in red and white, which the judges felt would look really good interpreted in plants.
Sarah Squire (Squire’s Deputy Chairman) said: “This was a lovely competition and we really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful designs created by the children. It was very difficult to choose a winner, but Ella Jones’s design was the one we felt would best suit the flowerbed. It was bright, cheerful and just right to be interpreted in colourful bedding plants. We hope that visitors to the lock will enjoy the planting scheme all summer long.”