Aboyne Primary School

This Pop Up Garden has many interesting layers of plants and a bird feeder to attract wildlife.  The colourful painted stones and beads make a lovely border, and the garden is a welcoming home to insects, bees and birds.  This garden was a family project by Calum (8) and Helena (10) from Aboyne Primary School along with their mum Gosia.

Mum Gosia says: "We believe we created little garden, which going to keep us happy through the summer and allowing as to have healthy addition to our every meal.  Our garden, although not necessarily pop up, will bring a smile on our faces every time we look at it,  knowing that we worked as a team to get this project ready (no without disagreement of course). It helped us to keep our wellbeing and mental health right during lock down and brought us closer together with endless walks together to collect sticks, stones and rocks, designing and painting the stones and seashells, while being creative and silly".

Rocks painted with scenery and patterns

Planter made of sticks

Bees love this garden!

The coast is represented by water in a bowl and by stones and seashells painted to symbolise unity, freedom and happiness. Calum and Helena added a third dimension to their project by including an interestingly shaped stick found by Calum in nearby woods which allowed them to suspend pots with Lobelia and a bird feeder.

The colours of flowers of lavender and chives (also sage blooming soon) refers to Scottish highlands covered with purple heather, and thistle flower of Scotland.

This little garden was designed to attract insects, bees and birds. Doors are a symbol that all creatures are welcome to this little haven.

Calum and Helena grew a lot of their plants from seed, and received some as gifts from friends.  Here is a list of all the plants in this Pop Up Garden.


  • Thyme 
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • French tarragon 
  • Dill 
  • Parsley
  • Coriander

Other plants

  • Poppy  
  • Pansies
  • Sweet pea 
  • Lobelia
  • Lavender 

Making the planter

Digging out a plot

Building the bug hotel

This Pop Up Garden is a Coast and Water Garden.  Water is part of our working and industrial heritage from the fishing fleet to the canal transport network, aquaducts, bridges, and the power generated by water mills and modern hydro-electric systems.  Water links the natural world to the heart of our cities.

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