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Miniature garden competitions and parental protests

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 23 Apr 2010 at 01:49 PM


I am considering withdrawing my children from their school.  OK, so this might seem a little radical.  After all, it's a fantastic state primary with brilliant teachers and superb facilities, but despite all this, it has a fundamental flaw - it doesn't understand how to judge gardening competitions.

As you may gather from this, my son's entry to the miniature garden category failed to garner first prize.

I know, unbelievable, isn't it?

I mean, it had everything going for it; rustic stick fencing, personalised gate, central wigwam, sand pit with bark windbreak, a tomato tree to shade the poolside pond, slate chipping path, a vegetable garden growing real salad leaves, the scariest scarecrow imaginable and, for realism, a slightly dishevelled mother hanging out the washing in her nightie.

And what did it get?  Third place.  THIRD PLACE!  Outrageous!

Oscar is delighted of course.  He received, not only a 'destificate', as he insists on calling it, but also a rosette.

Me?  I'm considering home schooling.


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