A Royal visit for Jenny Blanc at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Royal Visit - HRH Duchess of Cornwall

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall congratulates Olivier Blanc and the Henri Le Worm team on winning a bronze medal.

Royal Visit - Olivier Blanc with HRH Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess learns more about the Henri Le Worm Community Garden from creator, Olivier Blanc.

Jenny Blanc Interiors were proud to sponsor the Henri Le Worm Community Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is a popular children’s app created by Jenny’s Son, Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt which aims to ignite a lifelong passion for food and cooking by engaging children using a range of animated characters, voiced by actor Simon Pegg. Henri’s colourful, virtual garden was brought to life at this year’s flower show by BBC horticulturalist Chris Collins and Jenny Blanc. Our garden caught the eye of the judges immediately, winning a bronze medal in its inaugural year!

Royal Visit - 3 Metre High Sculpture of Henri Le Worm

Tom Hare’s fantastic 3 metre high sculpture of Henri, commissioned by Oli Blanc.

Our delight at being awarded a bronze medal was doubled when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall personally chose to visit the Henri Le Worm garden in order to learn more about the work that creators Oli Blanc and Charlotte Salt are doing with children, parents and schools. The Duchess met Jenny and the Henri Le Worm team before spending time looking around the garden. She then helped children from East Sheen Primary School participate in a cookery demonstration using fresh ingredients from the garden to create a delicious and refreshing gazpacho soup (very welcome on the hottest day of the year!).

Royal Visit - Oli Blanc with The Duchess of Cornwall & Charlotte Salt

The Duchess of Cornwall with Oli Blanc, Charlotte Salt and children from East Sheen Primary School.

Royal Visit - The Duchess of Cornwall with Jenny Blanc & Florence Strickland

The Duchess of Cornwall chatting to Jenny Blanc and Florence Strickland, Jenny’s PA.

The garden was divided into five sections featuring a demo garden for schools to water and plant, an edible shed, a recipe garden growing seasonal produce, an outdoor kitchen and a chicken coop! Visitors to the garden were encouraged to touch, smell and taste everything and went away with Henri Le Worm recipe cards so they can create some of Henri’s fantastic dishes at home.

Royal Visit - Selection of Dried Herbs

A display of dried herbs, chillies, lavender, corn, sage, rosemary and much more.

The garden used bold blocks of colour to appeal to children – like the bright blue edible shed and orange brick work. This was complimented by a range of original outdoor furniture, fabricated from ecologically sustainable and recycled wood specially sourced for the garden by Jenny Blanc.

“This, original, stylish garden furniture is unique and full of character. The ethos of using sustainably sourced materials chimes with the garden’s philosophy of encouraging a knowledge of nature and preserving it for future generations”
 Jenny Blanc

The garden also contained plenty of ideas that would be easy to re-create at home. For example, these wonderful insect houses which are great to look at but also provide important shelter for all kinds of creepy crawlies which help to keep a garden healthy.

Royal Visit - Henri's Herb Bed and Insect House

Henri’s herb bed and insect house made by school children.

Royal Visit - Bug Hotel

The Bug Hotel – made by children from Charlton Manor School

Royal Visit - East Sheen Primary School Children

Children from East Sheen Primary School explore the garden.

Royal Visit - Henri's Edible Shed

Henri’s bright blue edible shed planted with rocket, salad leaves, oriental mustards and herbs alongside child size outdoor furniture, supplied by Jenny Blanc Interiors.

The garden has been immensely popular throughout the week of the show and we’ve had some fantastic reviews. We were even featured on the BBC coverage of the show which is available now on iPlayer. The Flower Show may be over but life for the Henri Le Worm community garden has just begun! Following the show the entire garden will be relocated to a working farm in Charlton, South East London where it will become a community garden for local schools – we hope it will be the first of many.

Royal Visit - Jenny Blanc with Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt

Jenny Blanc, Oli Blanc and Charlotte Salt.

SEBASTIEN BLANC – SUCCESS RUNS IN THE FAMILY!

Jenny is thrilled to introduce her and Raymond Blanc’s son, Sebastien Blanc, an up-and-coming Theatre Director.

His play, Boy’s Life by Howard Korder has received rave reviews in the Daily Mail and the Times and this week, both BBC Radio and the Wall Street Journal will be interviewing him.

Follow Sebastien Blanc on Twitter - Director of Boys' Life

Follow Sebastien on Twitter: @BlancMonsieur

The Blanc sons…

…just as busy as their mother!

Brothers and sister – Oli on the left with Emma and Seb

Since Jenny’s sons Sebastien and Olivier, were featured on the Raymond Blanc Christmas Special December 2011 people have been asking Jenny about her boys. Yes, they may be handsome, but what do they do? Both have a love for treading the boards and like to combine this with other projects. Seb, with his director hat on, is putting the finishing touches to a biting satire on media standards and ethics, The Shallow End, running at the Southwark Playhouse from the 18th February to the 3rd March. Working in a different medium, Oli is busily producing Henri Le Worm. Collaborating with his father and actress Charlotte Salt from Casualty, Oli has produced a children’s app using garden bugs, beasts and butterflies to encourage children to take their first exciting steps into the kitchen, so learning to cook with the help of the master of excellence, Raymond Blanc. Henri the worm is inspired by Raymond himself, exercising passion, humour and French flair. There’s a blog if you want to find out more and a trailer featuring the Michelin-starred Raymond is soon to be posted on the blog. You heard it here first!

En famille – Seb, Emma, Jenny, Raymond and Oli at the celebrations to mark 25 years of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire