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What is this??
Some of our flower shows are selling shows. People are more likely to buy plants if they don’t need to cart them around the showground. Plants would impede their progress and the taller or more fragile ones might get damaged. A plant creche is a central location where people can safely leave them.
Makes sense, thanks for the explanation!
Of course I had to do homework on “creche,” figuring that there were meanings I didn’t know. A place for foundlings! Child care! Of course! So these are all temporarily housed and cared for until they are taken by some loving gardeners? If that is the case, these are very cheering photos! Lovely, happy plants!
This was taken at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park 2018. People naturally want to buy the treasures they spot before another gardener sees and snaffles them, but don’t want to make their way around a 28 acres (11ha) show ground with plants. So the organisers set aside a large space as a creche where you can leave your plants to be looked after until it’s time to leave. Childcare for plants, as you put it.
What a great emblem of gardeners’ enthusiasm!
How fascinating. So it appears these plastic bagged plants are awaiting to be picked up and/or delivered for ‘contactless’ delivery in the pandemic restrictions?
That’s an excellent guess, but it was taken before the pandemic at one of our flower shows where plants are offered for sale. The grounds are large and car parks often distant, so the plant creche is a place to leave your shopping while you continue to explore the show.
Thanks for the explanation, Susan.
I’m with Eliza. What in the world? Did Oddment and Vicki get it right?
It is childcare for some lovely, happy plants as Oddment surmises. Taken in happier times at the Tatton Park Flower Show.
Thanks for the clarification!
Looks like someone did some plant shopping. Or a bunch of homeless plants have taken up bags.
Both are right, kind of. They’re plants in transition between the sellers’ stands at a flower show and their purchasers’ gardens, waiting to be taken home when the show ends or the gardener has tired out his or her feet.
It does look like a creche!
Fortunately for the organisers, plants stay where they are put until their owner comes to collect them.
Brilliant! But it looks as if your non-British readers are flummoxed, so it must be a British thing…
It looks like it. Wordless Wednesday pictures are supposed to speak for themselves, but a small puzzle now and then doesn’t hurt.
All so lovely
I can’t help asking myself which bag I’d like best when I look at something like this.
Lots of plants. 🙂
We have these at our garden shows – where is this?
It was at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire, England.
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