Young garden designers blossom at Squire?s

Squire?s Garden Centres have announced Tiane Gazader of Hampton Hill Junior School as the winner of their competition to design a planting scheme for a flowerbed on the Teddington Lock.

177 children from Hampton Hill Junior School and Latchmere School took part in the competition, which is run by Squire?s in conjunction with the Environment Agency.

The children were given a template of a circular flowerbed, which has a sundial in the middle, and were invited to suggest colours and patterns that could be planted up. Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire?s, and Mandy Marshall, waterways officer, judged the designs, and the top 20 children were invited to a Prize Giving Afternoon Tea with their parents at Squire?s Garden Centre in Twickenham.

All finalists received a certificate and a goody bag from Squire?s, and Tiane Gazader?s winning design has been planted at Teddington Lock.

Sarah Squire, Squire?s deputy chairman, said: ?I was so impressed by all the designs that the children created, and by how much time and effort they put into their sketches. It?s lovely to see the next generation of gardeners sharpening their pencils to design floral displays, and to see how enthused they are by gardening. Congratulations to our winner Tiane Gazader – her design has been planted up at Teddington Lock and it looks absolutely superb.?I?m sure that visitors to the lock will enjoy this colorful planting scheme all summer long.?

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