Our annual competition to design a Pocket Garden is back!
Young people aged 3-18 from schools across Scotland are asked to design a colourful and exciting pocket-sized garden. Each design must follow the design brief based on sustainability as well as illustrate the themes.
Are you thinking of how to join in with the 2020 Year of Coasts and Waters? It is one of the competition themes this year together with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 20th birthday, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening. Winners will be invited to build and grow their gardens to display in the Garden for Life at Gardening Scotland 2020, creating an inspiring centre piece.
Have a look at the Pocket Garden Stories for ideas and inspiration. The children’s designs are often playful, informal, celebratory and full of clever surprises and innovative ideas. In previous years themes were:
- 2019 Rain gardens for sustainable drainage, Drought tolerant gardens, Wetland or fresh water margin gardens and Coastal gardens
- 2018 the United Nations Global Goals
- 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
- 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
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.
2019 Winning Pocket Gardens
Winners were selected in each of the three themes: Best Garden for One Planet Picnic Theme, Best for Wildlife, and Best for Water. A public vote decided the winner of My Favourite Garden. In 2019 there were also two gardens receiving Special Commendation.