We were thrilled when it was announced that we had won the Curator’s Award in the RHS Budding Gardeners Competition, and that as visitors to any RHS garden will be invited to vote for their favourite garden we could go on to win the coveted 'People's Choice Award'.
The whole school has been involved in the project which this year had the theme “Wonderland” celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. The children’s ideas were used to create a 1m x 1m raised bed that’s has been planted at RHS Rosemoor.
The children in Nursery made a Blue Caterpillar out of 150 blue bottles tops, each one marking a year since the book was written. The children in Reception class enjoyed a Golden Afternoon Tea Party and planted Violas and Pansies in cups and saucers.
Year 1 went “Off with Their Heads” crazy and chopped the heads off carrots and radishes and watched them grow in the window before planting them. Year 2 went around the school grounds to find plants and flowers that would match the colour of each croquet player’s ball. They even made a heat shaped lawn.
Year 3 researched sundials, they made and painted salt dough roses. Year 4, who this year are championing bees made a Cheshire Cat and heart shaped birdfeeder, fir-cone bees and planted pollen rich flowers. The children in Year 5 attempted to grow cotton. They took strawberry runners and planted them in the Queen of Hearts crown along with Bread and Butter-Cups. Year 6 had the opportunity to take a break from their SATs and planted Thyme, Dandelion Clocks and Lucky Clover.
The garden will be on show at Rosemoor over half term and children from the school can get in free. Hopefully people we vote for us. The garden, now known as Wendy’s Wonderland will hopefully be replanted with a little more space in the Academy Café Garden.