Gerald stands tall for Exeter
7 July 2014
A 12-ft model giraffe, named Gerald after the city’s iconic giraffe at RAMM, will form the centre piece of the Growing for Gold show garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 July. Growing for Gold is the creation of Jon Wheatly, the Chair of SW in Bloom and winner of 21 Chelsea gold medals.
Gerald the Golden Giraffe, as they are calling him, will represent Exeter as he stands among a host of giant sunflowers, developed by Sutton Seeds, called Giraffe. He will form the ‘community art’ element of what is expected to be a spectacular garden.
When he returns to Exeter, he will be ‘put out to grass’ at RAMM close to his namesake. He may then go on to visit Paignton Zoo which helped sponsor the project. The resin giraffe hails from Bovey Tracey and was given the golden makeover by Scratch Perfect, a successful company set up with the aid of The Prince’s Trust.
The giraffe is the brainchild of Exeter Parks Watch, a community forum committed to maximising residents’ enjoyment of Exeter’s green spaces. They have also been working closely with the City Council on Exeter’s entry in this year’s Britain in Bloom South West competition – the first time the city has entered the event in over ten years.
When the judges visit Exeter on Tuesday 8 July, they will visit RAMM to pay homage to Exeter’s 19th-century global gardeners, the Veitch family who not only helped found the museum but also gave their name to The Veitch Memorial Medal, a prestigious international prize issued annually by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).