With the strong message ‘don’t treat soil like dirt!’, super garden designer Juliet Sargeant’s amazing creation invites us to discover the wonderful world of soil and all the creatures and organisms that live in it, how it supports life on earth and how soil can lock-in carbon and help the planet. The new Blue Peter Garden is the first re-design in nearly 50 years, that really is something to shout about!
Don’t treat soil like dirt!
After the Chelsea Flower Show the new Blue Peter Garden will be transported to the RHS Bridgewater in Salford where Blue Peter badge holders will be able to visit the new Blue Peter Garden for free. And our Blue Peter garden, veg patch and Gold badge walk at Salford Quays are still here to visit too!
Preparing the garden: Richie and Mwaksy get stuck in
It takes a lot of time, energy and hard work to create a spectacular new Blue Peter Garden and our presenters were more than happy to get stuck in! Richie, complete with his BP hard hat, helped Juliet in the early stages of getting the garden ready for the Chelsea Flower Show and Mwaksy learnt all about the importance of soil and mini-beasts!
The spectacular new Blue Peter Garden!
The new Blue Peter Garden opened for a preview at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 23rd 2022... and it looks absolutely fantastic!
Some familiar faces...
Lots of celebrities from the world of TV, music, film, art and social media come to look around the gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show... even the Queen made an appearance!
To celebrate the new Blue Peter Garden, lots of past BP presenters gathered together for a mini reunion - including Valerie Singleton who was a Blue Peter presenter 60 years ago!
Have a look through the images below and see who you can spot!
Behind the scenes
Check out this awesome timelapse which shows the construction of the new Blue Peter Garden: Discover Soil at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2022.
How can I help the soil in my area?
Gardener Juliet is passionate about spreading the message of how important soil is - not only for our gardens, but for most of life on earth.
“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.” - Juliet
If you have access to some green space at home, in you back garden, in your balcony, at school or in your community garden, you can help. Speak to a grown-up about starting a compost heap and turn your waste food into ‘soil food’ to improve the health of soil in your area. Composting is the natural process that breaks down rotting food and plants and turns it into nutrient rich super soil.
Find out more about compost and how build your own compost bin over on BBC Bitesize.
Get stuck in: making awesome paint from soil
Soil has so many different uses including making beautiful paintings...yes paintings! You can find out how to turn your regular garden soil into colourful paints right here...
We would LOVE to know what do you think of our new, soil-inspired Blue Peter Garden! Let us know in the comments below...