The students of Green Routes, the social enterprise for young adults with learning disabilities, based in the Walled Garden of Gartmore House, have entered the pallet garden competition at Scotland’s gardens for the past three years. This year, however, we excelled ourselves!
Three pallet gardens were entered and each was awarded a gold certificate.
One student is very interested in our bees, and created a garden based on hexagons, which he filled with plants which attract bees with pollen and nectar. A small bee-hive and a jar of honey were set amongst the plants and his backboard showed photographs of spring flowers, information about bees and helping to attend to our bee-hives.
The pupils of St Modan’s High School chose the Royal Jubilee as their theme and set a wooden boat on a River Thames of blue flowers, banked on either side by formal gardens. A model of the Queen with a hand-wave which was solar-powered, drew lots of attention.
The pupils of Wallace High School created ‘A Day at Green Routes’ with a wheelbarrow, a pair of wellies and bird-boxes, filled with flowers. Their backdrop told of the work of the school within the Department for young people with additional support needs.
One of our supported volunteers loves working with wood, and watching trains. He combined the two to make and fill a train with carriages, one with small trees representing the wood of the future, the next with flame and black-coloured flowers as the coal from trees of the past, a dining car full of vegetables and one of fruit. For this he won first in the container section. And a student made a wooden planter and used his skills to fill it with plants grown in the Garden, earning a well-deserved third award.