Pocket Gardens Ready for Gardening Scotland

Visitors to Gardening Scotland this weekend are in for a treat as Pocket Gardens start to take shape in the Garden for Life display. Pupils and teachers from the 22 winning schools have been busy setting up their gardens over the last two days in preparation for a busy Gardening Scotland weekend.

The Garden for Life Forum and Keep Scotland Beautiful have worked together since 2016 to support Scotland’s’ young people to create the Garden for Life (previously called The Living Garden) area at our national gardening show.

This year, the theme was the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Looking at young people's vision for a positive future in the Year of Young People.  

The challenge of designing a Pocket Garden is to include plants that can be eaten, plants that are good for wildlife and also to reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away, all while keeping with the theme.  It provides a great opportunity for pupils aged 3-18 to investigate plants and food, develop creative design skills and apply that knowledge to create a sustainable garden. 

Pocket Gardens being built for Gardening Scotland were selected as winning designs from over one hundred entries sent in by pupils across Scotland.  Pupils and teachers from the winning schools have visited the Royal Highland Showground in order to set up their creations. 

Visitors to Gardening Scotland are invited to vote for their favourite garden to be presented with the One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden ‘My Favourite’ award at the end of the show. Garden For Life Forum members will also choose their favourite gardens on Friday.

Pupils shared stories with us of their experience growing and building their Pocket Gardens and these can be found here.

Details of Gardening Scotland and the Garden for Life display can be found here.

Remember, we are still accepting entries for another Pocket Garden display at the Dundee Flower and Food Show until 15th June 2018.

31 May 2018

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