September 28th, 2016

Award-winners are at home in the garden

THE GARDEN home created by Silhillians was a blooming success as judges awarded it Best Show Feature at the BBC Gardener’s World Live Show.

Solihull Neighbourhood in Bloom, with a little help from schools and community groups across the borough, created the concept of a home in full bloom, featuring a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room all filled with flowers and plants and out it on show at the NEC.

As well as being given the top prize in Best Show Feature they also received a crystal vase, the Community Garden Award from Hall’s Garden Centre and were Highly Commended by the RHS – which is the highest award from the horticulture society.

Schools and community groups created sections of the exhibit and the Council was supported by various local businesses and partners in producing the display – which included a dining table, chairs and fireplace made from wooden pallets by British Gas.

Newlands Bishop Farm and Bluebell Community Gardens grew plants for the garden, Widney Manor School made sure there was some floral to watch on the television and Yew Tree Primary School made sure the bedroom was smelling lovely as visitors wandered around the home.

The dining table was set for a feast as allotment holders put the fruits – and veg – of their labour on to the table.

St Alphege Junior School, Cranmore Infant School, Arden Academy, and Merstone School were also involved. Kingshurst Arts Space also provided artwork for the display including floral cushions.

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