Musselburgh Primary School

Our Musselburgh Garden

Our garden celebrates the town of Musselburgh. We chose to celebrate Musselburgh as the children alongside their friends and adults could explore and learn more about their home town, past and present. We have used plants and vegetables with the colour palette of blue, white and yellow as these colours are associated with Musselburgh.

Our garden has many variety of flowers and vegetables to attract our other learning interest mini beasts! We have planted Lavender, Alliums, Limnanthes, Marigolds, Climbing blue Morning Glory, Lobelia, Impatients and Pelargoniums.

Our edible plantings are Musselburgh Leeks, Courgette, French beans, Runner beans, Nasturtiums, Borage and Basil.

We have a small water feature portraying Fisherrow harbour and harbour wall which wildlife may use as a watering hole and the harbour wall as a place to hide and shade from dangers. We also placed driftwood in between the plantings to create homes for our mini visitors.

The base of the garden is a reclaimed standard pallet that we added edging to. The upright was reused from another project. The fishing net covering the upright, was found washed up on a local beach and the lobster creel we got from a fisherman as it was damaged and so we were able repurpose it.

The children have had lots of learning spanning many different curricular areas. They were challenged to go on a treasure hunt to collect Mussel shells, driftwood, pebbles and any other interesting treasure they could find for our garden as you can see they did well! We have learned that plants grow from seeds and bulbs, that roots grow down and shoots grow up. We practiced naming the basic parts of plants and learning that plants need sunshine and water to grow. We are currently learning that insects enjoy plants too.

The blue and white bunting that is flying was recycled from our King Charles III Coronation Celebration as these are the colours of our Honest Toun Association and we added yellow flags to the blue representing the Fisherrow community. We have a picture displaying our fishing heritage and were gifted a miniature lobster creel from one of our Fisherrow families. We added golf balls to our display as a child recalled the golf ball structure at the east end of the town. Musselburgh as well as fishing heritage is also known for the Cradle of golf.

We were fortunate to have people who could help us build the basic structure so that we could then be creative with our treasure hunt finds, observation paintings and our practical gardening skills. We also had plant donations from our wider local community, who we would like to thank for their help.

We are planning to nurture and continue to learn from our garden and share our learning with our adults when we hold a Garden party as part of our transition to Primary 1.

Garden design

Creating the garden – from design to reality

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