What is a Pocket Garden?
A Pocket Garden is a miniature garden that uses edible plants, plants that attract wildlife, and that reuses something which would otherwise have been thrown away. Each year, we invite young people from schools across Scotland to send in their designs for a colourful and exciting pocket-sized garden. Pupils who send in the winning designs are then invited to build and grow their gardens to display.
Throughout lockdown, many of us rediscovered the joy of growing something and noticing the natural world on our doorsteps. This year the Pocket Garden Design Competition builds on those positive experiences, linking garden design with health and hope for the future.
The 2021 Year of Coasts and Waters is one of the competition themes this year together with Celebrating Nature on Your Doorstep, and Wildlife Gardening.
Previously, Pocket Gardens have been displayed at Gardening Scotland in Edinburgh, where they have been visited by the BBC Beechgrove Garden team, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
Build Your Own Pocket Garden at Home
Have a look at the design brochure for instructions on how to build your own Pocket Garden at home.
Pocket Garden Activities for Home or School
Activities at Home sheet has lots of activities around the competition themes for children to try at home. You can use it to inspire ideas for a pocket garden design for the competition next year.
Pocket Garden Stories
Have a look at the Pocket Garden Stories from previous years for ideas and inspiration. The children’s designs are often playful, informal, celebratory and full of clever surprises and innovative ideas.