We are very excited that our Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden has won a GOLD medal at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show!
The largest representative of Montessori education in the UK, Montessori St Nicholas teamed up with designer Jody Lidgard, to create a Space to Grow show-garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The design of the Montessori Centenary Childrens’ Garden is intended to act as a metaphor for the emphasis Montessori schools give to placing children first in any education setting.
2019 marks one hundred years since Maria Montessori first brought her pioneering teaching methods to the UK, and the garden design brief reflects the key principles that lie at the heart of her child-centric approach to education.
Leonor Stjepic, Chief Executive Officer of Montessori St Nicholas said: “Our starting point was that children in Britain are spending less time outdoors whether that is in parks, gardens, the countryside, the coast or seaside. Maria Montessori’s ethos in sustaining enjoyment and joy in access to the outdoors for all young children, and respect for the natural world is arguably more important today than it was a hundred years ago. Combining the natural world with the social importance of putting children first will certainly result in an exciting perspective on a garden.”
Please help our Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden reach even more children, by supporting its move to a new home at the V&A Museum of Childhood, every donation helps.
The garden design incorporates two greenhouses featuring cutting-edge hydroponic technology where children can grow micro vegetables and leaves. These can then be planted outside in the vibrant and colourful cutting garden, an area where children can see their plants mature and pick them to bring inside for eating.
Living walls offer another opportunity for the children to grow their own food as well as providing a habitat for wildlife. An edible wall on the way into the growing area leads through to a teaching platform, where there is a shadier living wall inspired by the UK’s native woodlands. The teaching platform overlooks the raised dipping pond and wormery which helps the children see the connections between living things and their role within it. The dipping pond then links with a water play station allowing children to learn about sinking and floating in a fun and engaging way.
Other key features include an irrigation system linking all elements of the garden together and a natural filtration system using plants to show a sustainable way to water for the future. ‘Tumbling Tom Thumb’ tomatoes and Basil will feature in the living wall, whilst sweet peas and dahlias will add splashes of colour and flowers for children to pick.