Fans of BBC Gardeners' World will soon be able to see first-hand a glorious Hampshire school garden which featured in a recent episode.
On Sunday, July 2, Wicor Primary School, in Fareham, will open its garden gate to the public and will be joined by experts from the award-winning Garsons Garden Centre and Farm Shop which has been supporting the school in its horticultural endeavours for the past eight years.
During the TV programme, which aired on June 2, Gardeners’ World presenter, Flo Headlam, said: “This is a school with gardening at its heart.” Viewers were treated to a visual tour of the school’s two and half acres, watched green-fingered children show off their gardening skills, and had a sneak preview of the new Mediterranean bed recently planted with Garsons’ plants.
The family-owned Garden Centre and Farm Shop in nearby Titchfield has helped fund the school’s new gardening projects, such as its tropical and coastal gardens, and the new Mediterranean bed. And once a month, Garsons gardening experts visit the school to share their knowledge of seed varieties, propagation, and how to tackle pests and disease environmentally.
“We have been very lucky having this help and support from Garsons as it has enabled us to take on larger projects like our new Med garden,” says Louise Moreton, Wicor Primary School’s horticulturist and community link worker. “Their experts have been invaluable in passing on their knowledge to our children and our team of community volunteers who help look after the school grounds.”
Garsons was also instrumental in putting the school in touch with plant food supplier, Miracle Gro, which led to the children supplying flowers for the company’s gold medal-winning garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
“We are very proud to support this school and its children in creating such an amazing garden,” says Rachael Rogers, Garsons’ marketing assistant. “At Garsons, we believe it is really important to inspire and encourage children to enjoy gardening and we look forward to continue working with them and seeing how their garden grows.”
The Wicor Primary School open garden afternoon takes place from 12-4pm and as well as a chance to look round the gardens, meet the school’s community gardeners and beekeeper, visitors will also be able to put their own gardening queries to the Garsons experts. Entry is £3.50 for adults, free of children.