Design a Pocket Garden


We run a competition that provides a great opportunity for pupils aged 3-18 to investigate our plant and food heritage, celebrate our culture and build and develop creative design skills.  This year it is part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology partner programme.


During January and early February we put a call out for young people to design an unusual pallet sized (120cm x 100cm), or pot/container garden using plants that can be eaten, that attract biodiversity and which reuse something which would otherwise have been thrown away.


The deadline for 2017 has now passed, and we are looking at all the entrants to select winners, along with members of the Garden for Life Forum who support this competition.



Winners will be invited to build and display their garden in the Living Garden area at Gardening Scotland 2017.  The garden will be visited by the BBC Beechgrove Garden team, the Scottish Government Minister for the Environment, the Scottish Government Minister for Education and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. 


All winners will also be judged at the show for three discretionary awards, one for each of this year's Pocket Garden themes: One Planet Picnic, Wildlife Gardening and Year of Heritage, History and Archaology. 


Have a look at photos of last year's winning entries on display at Gardening Scotland and download the Pocket Garden Design Brochure for more information and competition guidelines.