We are excited to present a new version of Pocket Garden for households to have fun with at home. It is called Pop-up Pocket Garden and there is a handy guide to download with ideas and information.
Our annual competition to design a Pocket Garden is now closed for 2020. Following the latest Government advice surrounding measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus, the decision has been taken to cancel Gardening Scotland 2020. Where possible some schools are still creating their winning design, and we are looking forward to seeing photos of them in full bloom.
Young people aged 3-18 from schools across Scotland were asked to design a colourful and exciting pocket-sized garden. Each design had to follow the design brief based on sustainability as well as illustrate the themes.
The 2020 Year of Coasts and Waters was one of the competition themes this year together with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 20th birthday, One Planet Picnic and Wildlife Gardening. Winners were 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.