Plant and Share Month pops up at prestigious Chelsea Flower Show
Following on from the success of Plant and Share Month after it finished on World Bee Day (20/5/23), our fellow Soil Association colleagues transported some of the joy of Plant and Share Month to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the very first time.
Hosting an eye-catching stand in the Discovery Zone, which was inspired by one of the most popular Plant and Share resources, the strawberry wellies, visitors were greeted by the massive yellow wellies at the interactive, educational stand focusing on Why Soil? Which not only won a bronze award for their display, but also attracted lots of visitors including from some famous faces such as Monty Don, Will Young and Alan Titchmarsh.
The free to download and accessible for all resources are a key part of Plant and Share Month and this year we had dozens of free resources, containing inspiring ideas and how-to guides on everything from how to put on a community event to how to Grow Your Own Soup, and a fun and informative guide to helping pollinators and bees.
To continue to spread the accessible growing message behind Plant and Share at RHS Chelsea, along with our partners, Blue Diamond Garden Centres, the team on the stand offered vouchers for free strawberry plants and shared links to the Plant and Share resource packs to visitors of the world-renowned garden and flower show.
Adam Carter, Senior Programme Manager for Get Togethers – the programme behind Plant and Share Month said: “This year’s Plant and Share Month has simply been amazing, with record numbers of people getting involved. The campaign aims to help anyone to get growing and gardening, and is a way for us all to make a positive impact, no matter how small; from leaving the grass grow, providing access to water in our gardens for wildlife or making bug hotels, there are dozens of ways we can all help plants, pollinators and wildlife for little or no cost. It feels like that was also on show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year and it was lovely to see our strawberry wellies resource come to life in such an engaging way.”
Blue Diamond Garden Centres are supporters of the Soil Association, and our shared vision is to demonstrate that gardening in a nature-friendly way can be enjoyable and accessible for all.