Forget the Worzel Gummidge image of birdbotherers. The scarecrows on show include cyclists, swimmers, fencers and footballers, as well as two Andy Murrays (which at the very least should make him question his hairstyle).
Another regular draw for children are the Conceptual Gardens, near the Thames Entrance. Part gardens, part installations, these tend to be more interactive than the show gardens. Many invite visitors to walk through them, and even touch and feel.
For angst-ridden teenagers, they provide the opportunity to discuss terrorism, pollution and climate change or even the exploitative practices of pharmaceutical companies. The prepubescent crowd, however, are likely to reduce the philosophical statements to: the one with the tunnel (Light at the End of the Tunnel), the one with the bridge and big box (The Coral Desert), and the one with the fake grass (Possession).
If you see any square-eyed children wailing in despair in front of Simon Webster’s garden (Do Not Adjust Your Set), don’t be fooled. This won’t be a sudden political awakening, but just shock at seeing a giant television