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We have some very exciting news to share... in May we will be exhibiting a Container Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show between 23rd to 27th May.

The garden I have designed is an outdoor learning space for an imagined primary school, inspired by the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning who was born on 21st May 1799 in Lyme Regis.

Sadly, due to Mary’s gender, lack of formal education and standing in society, she was not fully credited for her amazing discoveries during her lifetime, that would lead scientists to question our own evolution.

Fossil garden watercolour

The containers I have used in my design are hollow tree trunks planted with Jurassic effect plants, and carved wooden seats provide a space to sit and learn about geology, plants, and nature.

Composition stone ammonites between large limestone paving stones have been engraved with the tongue-twister ‘She Sells Seashells’ reportedly written about Mary, challenges the children to recite the rhyme as they step from stone to stone leading them to find the fossil cast of the Plesiosaurs, discovered by Mary in 1823.

After the show parts of the garden will be relocated to Charmouth Primary School in Dorset for future generations of children to be inspired, and who knows, follow in Mary’s footsteps?

Tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show are currently available www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea

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