A teenager from Sutton on Sea is “living the dream” after being selected to present the crop he has grown for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Jordan Havell, 13, with support from his parents Lianne and Steve, entered this year’s Scotts Miracle-Gro for Chelsea Challenge, which gives school children, both at primary and secondary level, the opportunity to embrace and enjoy gardening and horticulture.
But for Jordan, his love for gardening came at a very early age and he has been dreaming about being able to participate in the Chelsea Flower Show in some shape or form.
“My love of gardening came about when I was around nine-year-old,” Jordan said.
“I entered this same competition last year, but was unsuccessful because there were so many entries.
“But to find out on the second try that we have made it to the Chelsea Flower Show is a brilliant feeling for me, it’s a really dream come true to make my mark at such a prestigious event in the horticultural world.”
Jordan was supplied with Swiss Chard by Scott Miracle-Gro, which is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking.
Once the supplies were handed out, it was then up to Jordan to grow it effectively to the specifications he was given, and then record and document the process over the last few weeks in forms of photographs and diary entries.
“It was great feeling to find out that not everyone this year had been successful and that ours had actually made the cut,” Jordan added.
Jordan’s proud mum Lianne Havell said: “We are so ecstatic and excited after finding out the news that the crops will be appearing at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, it’s brilliant news for Jordan.
“Myself and Steve have given Jordan as much support as we could. We told him not to get his hopes up too much this year after we did not make the cut in last year’s competition, we didn’t think we would make it this year either. But now we’re having to find a way of keeping Jordan off the ceiling as he’s so excited.
“It has been a prime goal to be involved at the Chelsea Flower Show and now it is a goal that has been reached.
“Now we’ll have to think of what else we can do, but Jordan does have a few other competitions to take part in later on this year, so again we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more achievements.”
This year’s Chelsea Flower Show takes place from May 19-23.
So if you happen to be attending this year, then look out for Jordan’s crops which will be on display.