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The New Blue Peter Garden – Discover Soil Garden

In the centenary year of the BBC, Blue Peter will have a second garden to be homed at RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley. Designed by Juliet Sargeant, the ‘New Blue Peter Garden - Discover Soil’, will aim to open the eyes of children and adults to soil’s central role in supporting life and its potential to lock-in carbon.

The New Blue Peter Garden – Discover Soil Garden by garden designer Juliet Sargeant Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The brightly planted The New Blue Peter Garden – Discover Soil Garden will take you down into the ground and bring the soil up from beneath your feet, to see, touch and hear. Art and science will combine to draw you into the amazing underground world of mini-beasts and microbes.  Hopping over steppingstones to access the immersive garden, you will be able to crawl into dank fern-planted cavities to dig the earth, listen to the sounds of a compost heap, dodge a rain shower and view soil-themed citizen art projects by Salford residents. The earthy adventure continues with a subterranean, theatrical rhizotron chamber where a soil animation will play, with tree roots growing above. 

The New Blue Peter Garden – Discover Soil Garden by garden designer Juliet Sargeant Chelsea Flower Show 2022

But before the New Blue Peter Garden is grounded in Greater Manchester in autumn 2022, it will first feature on Main Avenue at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2022.  Blue Peter presenter Mwaksy will be joined by Henry the dog to officially open the garden on Press Day (Monday 23rd May 2022).  Juliet Sargeant said: “Down-trodden and neglected, soil is the ‘forgotten climate solution’ beneath our feet. Healthy soils not only feed most of life on earth, but also act as an essential carbon sink for damaging greenhouse gases.  I have personal experience from Tanzania in East Africa of the devastating effects of soil degradation and so I grasped this opportunity to bring the message of the importance of soil to children’s attention.”

The New Blue Peter Garden – Discover Soil Garden by garden designer Juliet Sargeant Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Garden visitors will be encouraged to discover the importance of soil in their own back gardens, balconies, or communities by learning the importance of why we need to protect it and how. Composting is an easy way to turn our waste food into ‘soil food’ to improve the health of our soil.  Citizen art projects include those from Year 5 children from Salford who have painted ‘creepy crawlies’ which they will personally install in the garden at RHS Chelsea. Residents from Salford will collaborate with German artist Anneli Ketterer during her artist residency at RHS Garden Bridgewater to create a soil de-crustation artwork.  

The New Blue Peter Garden – Discover Soil Garden by garden designer Juliet Sargeant Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Lincolnshire-based sculptor Teresa Wells has cast a bespoke bronze of 4-year-old, Arthur, discovering a worm for the garden. In a central ‘Rhizotron Chamber’, a soil-themed animation by polish artist Zuzanne Kotodzieji will play and in ‘Compost Corner’ you can listen to the sounds of a healthy soil, recorded by the Zurich University ‘Sounding Soil’ project.  Tiles of Stow have created bespoke cracked clay paving tiles, to remind us of the devastation of drought, but the brightly coloured planting and field of barley illustrate the abundance that a healthy soil sustains.

The New Blue Peter Garden – Discover Soil Garden by garden designer Juliet Sargeant Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The Blue Peter link will be echoed with blue and orange-hued plants nurtured by Roger Platts Garden Design and Nurseries of Edenbridge. 

Plant List 

Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'
Asplenium scolopendrium
Dryopteris filix-mas
Polystichum setiferum
Heuchera 'Chocolate Ruffles'
Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise'
Anemanthele lessoniana
Luzula nivea
Iris 'Kent Pride'
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Geum 'Lady Stratheden'
Delphinium 'Dark Blue Black Bee'
Iris 'Dazzling Gold'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue'
Hordeum jubatum
Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem'
Briza media
Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Deschampsia cespitosa
Sesleria autumnalis
Geum 'Totally Tangerine'
Lupinus 'Cashmere Cream'
Eucalyptus nicholii
Lupinus 'Desert Sun'
Lupinus 'Gladiator'
Lupinus 'King Canute'
Verbascum 'Dark Eyes'
Alstroemeria 'Anjou'
British Native Annual & Perennial Wildflower Meadow Mix
Heuchera 'Champagne'
Heuchera 'Walnut' (Fox Series)