Children Design ‘No Adults Allowed’ Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

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Children are in charge at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, with junior judges and a ‘no adults allowed’ garden.

The youngsters will make an exception to the ‘no grown-ups rule’, for King Charles and Queen Camilla, who will visit the show’s first garden to be co-designed by primary school children.

Other adults who want to visit the children’s garden must pledge to plant a tree to help the environment, donate to the RHS school gardening campaign, or find a flower that starts with the first letter of their name.

The deal to let adults into the garden was secured after what was described as “tough negotiating” by the society’s director general Clare Matterson.

Youngsters are also being recruited to judge Chelsea Flower Show gardens for the first time, with 72 children from nine London primary schools participating as junior judges.

Helena Pettit, RHS director of show, said: “We’re super excited that we have our young children designers taking centre stage, who really want to encourage children everywhere to become gardeners, to help save the planet and have some fun. I can’t wait to see which show garden our young judges pick as their favourite”.

Many of the gardens at the show have a direct focus on sustainability, with plants that are resilient to changing weather patterns. All the large gardens have also gone through a ‘green audit’ to reduce the event’s environmental footprint.

Garden designer Ann-Marie Powell says gardeners should adapt to more unpredictable conditions: “We all need to adapt the way we garden, with more unpredictable and extreme conditions in mind.”

Ms Powell changed her design after the frost-free spring led to some plants flowering earlier in the year than usual, adding: “This spring may have felt very cold to people, but it has been unseasonably warm from a horticultural point of view, because we haven’t had the frosts.”

“The plants haven’t had that pause during freezing weather, so they’ve kept going and flowered earlier than in a ‘typical’ year. I’m all about experimenting and having even more plants to choose from.

“But this isn’t just about nature throwing us a quirky spring… there’s a pattern and we all need to adapt the way we garden, with more unpredictable and extreme conditions in mind,” she concluded.

Book your tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show and view opening times at the RHS website.