The Garden House School garden is situated within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a short walk from the School.
The Garden is used in conjunction with the Curriculum. For example in Geography, when the children are studying rocks and soils, they work in the garden. In Biology, when studying how plants grow from seeds or studying insects and butterflies, the children spend time in the Garden. There is an open area to accommodate a class for discussions or teaching.
Each week, the Garden is tended by enthusiastic members of the After-School Gardening Club. Pupils, having chosen which vegetables and flower seeds they wish to grow, harvest their produce. They are in charge of their own plants and nurture them by watering and weeding. Their endeavour is well-rewarded with the children reaping bumper crops of carrots, cabbages and tomatoes. Flowers are cut and pot flowering plants are potted on for the children to tend at home.
From time to time, the Gardening Club hold sales of their produce outside the School. Through the use of organic leftovers from the School's kitchen we have established a wormery. The wormery produces fertiliser for the vegetable beds.
The Garden has two distinct areas. One segment comprises raised plant beds in which flowers and vegetables are grown. The other contains a wildlife garden with plants chosen to attract butterflies. The insect pile was created to attract a broader range of fauna to our flora, including insects and ladybirds.
The children and teachers prepared the ground to plant a living willow arch. The wildflower garden has been enlarged and the stepping stone path allows the children to immerse themselves in this meadow. The School Garden is an area of activity, productivity and learning but also one of tranquility. A far cry from its central London location and a valuable addendum to the School.
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