Horticulture: Pallet Gardens
NBIB have entered a one metre square mini garden every year at Gardening Scotland since this competition started in 2006, winning a series of gold medals. We also help the children of Law Primary School with their pallets and display both in the High Street throughout the summer.
Our 2018 Pallet commemorated 50 years of the NHS. At ground level were examples of wild plants used before modern medicine had been developed such as nettles and dandelions and included examples of herbs used in medieval times such as sage and rosemary. The back board held a range of plants still used today such as willow, foxgloves, opium poppies, daffodils and Madagascar periwinkle.
Law Primary School demonstrated their concerns about plastic pollution in our seas. They created examples of marine life from discarded plastic containers under the slogan of "Plastic Free the Seas Must Be!" in among coastal plants.
Both pallets were filmed by the Beechgrove Garden and the Law PS pallet won the schools’ class.
The 2019 pallet, 'Lest We Forget', commemorated the aftermath of the First World War. Although the war ended in November 1918 it was the following spring and summer 1919 when wildflowers recolonised the battle fields. The pallet also drew attention to the many horses, dogs and other animals that died in the war.
The public voted this pallet the People’s Choice in the Gardening Scotland show.
Law Primary's 2019 pallet garden entry was prepared by class P4C: 'Hitting the High Notes' showing some of the many connections between music and flowers. The class collected musical instruments and plants included several varieties of Campanulas (bell flowers), Calla (trumpet) lily, Tiarella 'Spring Symphony', Petunia 'Million Bells', Ajuga reptans (Bugle) and Viola, as well as Burns' 'Red, Red Rose' and the music for 'Flower of Scotland'.