A pallet load of prizes
08 June 2012
Green-fingered teams tutored and coached by horticultural experts from Oatridge College,
have grown a pallet load of prizes at the country's top show, Gardening Scotland, just held at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
The pupils of Broxburn Academy's Group 1, guided by the College's Ramsay Dow, picked up a gold medal and second place overall in the ever-popular schools pallet garden competition. Their creation, "Gardening is a gift for all" was up against 40 entries from all over Scotland.
Ramsay had further reasons to cheer, when Broxburn's Group 2 was awarded a silver gilt medal for their "Show racism the red card" themed entry and Falkirk Braes High School, the third of his charges, won a silver medal in the schools' pallet garden section.
Oatridge stalwart Brian Miller also had the pleasure of seeing his pupils at Glencryan
Special School, Cumbernauld, pick up a silver gilt medal for their complex pallet garden,designed as a snakes and ladders board. The youngsters planted up 80 of the squares with different plants, with 20 more picked out in gravel and tiles.
Tutor Dionne Shaw also saw her Stirling Modern Apprentices team take a gold medal and third prize in the "Groups" pallet garden competition, where their topical
entry "Jubilee Tea" was up against opposition from adult day centre, horticultural societies and gardening clubs.
Gardening Scotland's pallet gardens competition, which calls for entries no larger than one metre square, is organised by the Scottish Gardening Forum to encourage and foster new generations of enthusiasts. It is one of the most popular features of the show every year and 2012 was no different.