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Behind the scenes diary for The Victorian Aviary Garden at Chelsea Flower Show and The Girlguiding UK Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010

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Girlguiding UK get into training for Hampton Court Show Garden

Posted by Philippa Pearson on 13 Jun 2010 at 09:54 AM

Saturday morning: destination Girlguiding UK Central Head Quarters, Buckingham Palace Road, London.

Mission: to brief 70 guiding volunteers on the organisation's Centenary Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower show.

Creating a garden for an organisation that has over half a million members could be quite a daunting proposition. But they are such lovely people to work with and share my passion and enthusiasm for the show garden and are not afraid to help and support at any stage. This, for me, has made this such a wonderful stress-free project to work on as it really has been a great example of team work from members of all ages.

We've got 70 volunteers helping with things from creating the garden to stewarding on show days and dismantling it after the show has ended. Yesterday was a briefing day to talk about the garden, look at the design (we even made a mock-up with strategically chairs), discuss the sort of questions we might get from visitors during show days (don't worry, we know where all the loos and coffee places are!) and look at health and safety requirements needed on site.

We had a really fun day, a yummy lunch and I feel like I have met 70 new friends. Thanks also, girls, for organising the 21 gun-salute and fly past during the lunch break! Tomorrow, Monday 14th June, is the first day of the build and I'm soooo excited about getting this garden ready for visitors in three weeks' time!

 

 

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Sarah said:

Hi Philippa, I was one of the 70 at yesterdays training day.  Can't wait to get started on Monday the 28th and it was great to hear about how the garden came about - it looks fantastic and I'm very excited to be a part of it.

Sarah

on 13 Jun 2010 at 01:41 PM

Sarah said:

Hi Philippa, I was one of the 70 at yesterday's training day.  I can't wait to get started on the 28th and it was great to hear how the garden came about, it looks amazing, and that was just on paper!  I'm very excited to be a part of this.  See you soon.

Sarah

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