There was so much for children of all ages at the 2014 show
Across the showground there were interactive and educational activities for children of all ages. All week the Hands On stations provided opportunities for children, including:
• Hands On Poppies in Grow: make a poppy with The Poppy Factory, marking the centenary of the First World War
• Hands On Horticulture in Grow: sow seeds to take home with you with the RHS education team
• Hands On Floristry in Escape: make your own mini floral arrangement with the British Florist Association
• Hands On Design in Inspire: try out the latest garden design techniques with the Society of Garden Designers and Hobbs Studio
The interactive RHS Invisible Garden in Escape offered children the chance to discover the wonders of this unseen world. They could become a scientist and use a microscope to investigate plants, fungi and invertebrates. They could also discover how to support nature in their own gardens. While in Escape, the children's play area on the Village Green was great for fun-filled play and something to eat in the nearby catering area.
Grow hosted the First World War scarecrow competition, with scarecrows commemorating heroes from the First World War. Visitors voted for their favourites and Flamstead End School came first, with Trafalgar Infant School in second place and Great Kingshill C of E Combined School in third place.
The Growing Tastes Cookery Theatre hosted The Kids' Cookery School at the weekend, where Fiona Hamilton-Fairley demonstrated how to cook with exciting and healthy dishes to encourage children to explore the world of fresh, delicious food. Also at the weekend, there was children's entertainment at the Village Green play area and a family trail was available from the show entrances or the Hands On stations, with seeds and an RHS badge reward for completed trails.