Volunteers from an Aberdeenshire community group are going up against the best gardeners in the country in a Scottish Gardener’s Forum competition.
The “Pallet Garden Challenge” encourages green fingered teams from across the country to create a mini garden in just one square meter of growing space.
Inverbervie’s Brighter Bervie community group has chosen the theme of ‘One Road – Many Journeys’ for their garden’s design.
Their square metre will include alpine and bog plants and as well as brightly coloured flowers.
Each year more than 50 schools and numerous gardening clubs compete for the title.
Entries will be judged and announced at Gardening Scotland, the national festival of gardening and outdoor living.
Tom Campbell, chair of Brighter Bervie, says: “Our group is part of the Scottish Gardeners’ Forum and this will be our fourth consecutive entry for the festival.
“Previously we have won two gold rosettes for our planters and a gold medal for a pallet garden. Our aim is to share with others the enjoyment of growing plants.
“Volunteers in our community group Brighter Bervie are now well advanced with preparing a pallet garden and planter for this year’s show at Ingliston.
“The design concepts have been finalised and construction of the hard landscaping is nearing completion.
“Plants for these miniature gardens have been selected and the specimens are being carefully nurtured to try and have them blooming at their best in time for the show. This is the nail-biting stage
“We want the finished displays to be a surprise, so we hope readers will come to Gardening Scotland and see for themselves the stunning array of innovative pallet gardens and planters which schools, clubs and social groups from across the country put together for the competition.”
Brighter Bervie maintain Inverbervie’s public gardens and work with schools and charities to encourage locals to look after the Royal Burgh area.
This year’s Gardening Scotland show takes place at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh from Friday June 1 until Sunday 3.
Tickets are available online at www.gardeningscotland.com.