Our Pocket Garden Story

The Living Garden promotes wildlife friendly gardening. It is hosted by the Garden for Life Forum which in 2017 teamed up with Keep Scotland Beautiful to bring you these One Planet Picnic Pocket Gardens. Eco-Schools across Scotland were invited to design a small garden that includes food for people, that is good for wildlife and celebrates the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

 

Every garden has a story to tell about the people who helped make it, the challenges faced, solutions found, lessons learned and the unexpected pleasures along the way.

Allanton Primary School

Allanton Primary School

A mining bogey planted with lavender runs past a wind turbine shaped bird feeder, tying together both our industrial heritage and future. Read more...

Bun Sgoil a' Phluic

Bun Sgoil a' Phluic

Air a Mhachair - On the Machair. Peas scramble up a fishing net, and our coastal riches appear throughout this design that uses companion planting to protect the food plants from pests.  Read more...

Douglas Academy

Douglas Academy

Inspired by the song Caledonia and a passion for music and Scotland’s plants and wildlife. This design cleverly weaves together our natural and musical heritage.  Read more...

Grove Academy

Grove Academy

This dome shaped design is inspired by the Northern hemisphere and reflects our place on the planet. It re-uses materials to appear like a bee hive, and features wild and native plant species.  Read more...

Laurieston Day Nursery

Laurieston Day Nursery

This old doll’s house has been given a make-over for some new residents. Who do you think they are?  Read more...

Tarradale Primary School

Tarradale Primary School

Meet Tattybogle, a scarecrow from a story Tarradale Nursery enjoys. The garden links literature, planting and old-fashioned pest control.  Read more...

Pocket Garden Brochure

Pocket Garden Brochure

Our brochure for the Living Garden at Gardening Scotland all about One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden and the designs on display.  Read more...

Ardvreck Primary School

Ardvreck Primary School

Guarded by a willow dinosaur, coastal cottages and gardens rise up through farms and forests to mountains, showing the rich diversity of Scottish habitats and plants. Read more...

Burnside Primary School

Burnside Primary School

“Look maw, its the rag n’ bone man” a blast from the past and a tradition of re-using in this colourful design of a rag n’ bone cart bursting with plants and personality.  Read more...

Focus School Caledonia Campus

Focus School Caledonia Campus

Nature’s Hospital is the theme here, featuring plants people used in the past for first aid and highlighting the medicinal properties of plants. Read more...

Harmeny School

Harmeny School

Plants from the Celtic Rainforest appear in this design of a Crannog, reminding us of times past and with inspired ideas for looking after wildlife for the future. Read more....

St Joseph's Primary School

St Joseph's Primary School

What can you find in a dinner lady’s hat apart from a dinner lady?  Read more...

Ullapool Primary School

Ullapool Primary School

The Vikings are coming! A Viking long-ship ,rowed by radish and beetroot, is in full sail in this design through a Scottish wildflower meadow towards Maeshowe ancient burial mound.  Read more...

Dunoon Grammar School

Dunoon Grammar School

All aboard! ‘Oh flowers of Scotland’ by Dunoon Grammar School shows their interpretation of the Flying Scotsman locomotive in full bloom. Read more...

Arnhall Day Nursery

Arnhall Day Nursery

Blending archaeology and modern picnic, the children have used old objects dug up from the nursery grounds as planters for food plants. Some objects are converted into bug hotels.  Read more...

Carluke High School

Carluke High School

Bricks and jam are part of Carluke’s heritage and are used to great effect in this design that celebrates local history, local food and the importance of compost. Read more...

Gigha Primary School

Gigha Primary School

A mini-me island, Gigha Primary School has designed its whole island in miniature, complete with rocky coast, beaches, buildings and a golf course of cress. Read more...

Knightswood Secondary

Knightswood Secondary

The iconic Kelpies are re-created here, echoing Scotland’s heritage of myths as well as the modern sculptures. These Kelpies will be havens for wildlife, covered in flowering plants. Read more...

Staffin Primary School

Staffin Primary School

An erupting volcano transports us back in time to dinosaurs and the story of the Skye landscape. Populated with food plants and plants for wildlife, this is a garden that rocks.  Read more...

Williamwood High School

Williamwood High School

Teddy bears are enjoying a picnic at the beach in this design, which features vertical growing and some iconic emblems from Scottish tall tales and technology.  Read more...