This half term has so far been warm and wet, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of our youngest visitors. Our Meet the Gardeners activities today were based up at the Maize Maze.
The young sweetcorn is germinating well, despite the concerted efforts of our resident pigeons. So we have enlisted the help of our young friends to make scarecrows. With donated ex-uniforms and unclaimed lost property we've now got a host of wonderful scarecrows to keep guard over the maze.
We've also had a helping hand with planting out the bedding. Rudbeckia and Pennisetum were waiting to be planted, and the children loved helping to get them bedded in. They really seemed to enjoy working with our garden staff.
We really hope this kind of activity inspires everyone to garden. Some of the chidren were sowing seed into pots to take home. I hope they enjoy and learn from the experience of watching the plants grow. And hopefully they'll be back later in the summer to see the results of their handiwork here, and experience the fully grown Maize Maze in the summer.