Last year was another success for our Garden for Life area at Gardening Scotland.
Our One Planet Picnic Pocket Gardens were the result of our ongoing partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful. For the third year running, young people aged 3-18 from across Scotland were asked to design a colourful and exciting pocket sized garden, with each design following a design brief based on sustainability as well as illustrating annual themes.
Design competition winners were then invited to build and grow their gardens to display in our Garden for Life area at Gardening Scotland, creating an inspiring centre piece.
The Garden for Life area encourages seasoned and new gardeners to adopt sustainable principles and the garden has been visited by the BBC Beechgrove Garden team, the Scottish Government Minister for the Environment, the Scottish Government Minister for Education and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh as well as thousands of gardeners. Last year, Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham MSP spent an hour in the garden meeting some of the young designers and volunteers as well as being interviewed by some of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Young Reporters.
Read our full 2018 report here – jam packed with great images, the workshops we ran, the environmental organisations who exhibited in our Garden for Life area, and to find out about the winning schools.
We are well on our way with planning for this year’s show case garden, with schools this time round being challenged to design a ‘pizza slice’ shaped garden. 2019 themes celebrate Scotland’s landscape by linking plants and place with water and our changing climate. They are:
- Rain gardens for sustainable drainage;
- Drought tolerant gardens;
- Wetland or fresh water margin gardens; and
- Coastal gardens.
Judging took place in February and winning designs had to be good for wildlife, have food for people and show how to adapt and survive our changing climate. Check back soon to find out about our winning schools, and come visit us at Gardening Scotland from Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June to see the designs brought to life.