CHESTER Grosvenor's annual Schools Growing Competition reached its climax with a blooming array of petunias carefully grown by local school children.
Six finalists from each of the 10 participating primary schools in Cheshire and North Wales displayed their petunias for the grand final.
Grosvenor's Schools Ambassador John Nightingale, together with Grosvenor’s Young Horticulturist of the Year, James Mabon, were on hand to judge the winners.
Having regularly visited each school, John had already chosen the six healthiest plants from each school for the grand final.
After much deliberation, Daniel Scott from Aldford Primary School was judged to have grown the most successful Denim Wave Petunia and was presented with a trug full of Grosvenor goodies and £100 vouchers for his school.
Two runners-up, Miranda Hayes and Lily Seager of Sychdyn Primary and Dodleston Primary schools respectively, were also presented with Grosvenor prizes and £75 and £50 vouchers for their schools.
Mr Nightingale said: “Our schools growing competition has once again proved extremely popular with all of the children who took part this year and I am delighted that we are able to demonstrate to such a large number of children just how rewarding nurturing plants can be.”
Through regular visits to the schools, he was able to offer advice to the children together with all the equipment required to get growing, including compost, pots and the plug plants themselves.
Iain Wylie, managing director of the Wrexham Road centre, said: “It is always encouraging to us here at Grosvenor that this competition proves so popular year after year.
“Thanks to the children's enthusiasm and John's hints and tips, I am sure the competition will awaken the interest of the gardeners of the future.
“We are already looking forward to next year's competition.”
Each of the 60 finalists present also received a packet of free seeds as a reward for their efforts.