Gardening with children

Get Growing!

Gardening is a great way to get children outdoors and to develop an interest in nature and the environment. Growing and picking their own fruit and veg is a great way to encourage children to eat more of them. If you have the space in your garden, why not give them a small patch of their own to look after?  Even if you only have a windowbox, you can still encourage children to grow and look after some herbs or salad crops.


Caley Activities

The Caley has number of activities focusing on gardening with children.  This is something we hope to develop more of when we move into our base at Saughton Park.

The Caley offers a CD ROM called Plant and GrowThis CD provides a year long programme of gardening activities for children. It can be used both in schools and at home, and has a range of growing and crafting activities.  For further information, contact Administrator.

Junior Groups Bulb Competition

We have a special bulb growing competition that is aimed at schools, community groups and youth groups.  This competition is fun and light-hearted and the children all enjoy taking part.  As well as pots of daffodils, the groups can also enter a competition for their artwork.

From 2021, the Junior Groups competition will be held at the same time as the main show in Saughton Park,Edinburgh.  We also have other fun things to do such as planting, seed sowing and craft activities. If you would like your school or group to enter the 2021 competition, please contact Dates of the competition – 3rd & 4th April 2021.

Young Gardeners at The Caley

Here at The Caley, we are keen to encourage young gardeners to get involved. If you child would prefer to enter a competition working on their own, we have a junior section in our main Spring Bulb Show.  Details can be fund here.  The only stipulations are that they should be under that age of 13 on the date of the show and that they should have grown the bulbs on their own.  This is a great way to get your kids (or grandkids) involved in gardening.  For many, it becomes a lifelong interest. For further details, see the ‘Spring Bulb Show’ page of the website or contact

Plant & Grow

Plant and Grow contains a range of gardening activities for young people and beginners of all ages, to promote the practice and enjoyment of gardening. The practical activities are easy to follow, fun to do and give a good introduction to growing plants, gardening, and other garden related skills. It is not necessary to have a large garden as many of the activities can be done in a variety of locations and plants can be grown in containers.

Many older children will be capable of working through the activities by themselves, but in the interests of safety and to achieve the best learning results, gardening as a family or a group is recommended, with direct mentoring and encouragement from a responsible adult.

Projects for you to do


Autumn has now arrived bringing with it the season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’. October is a month noted for garden colour; the red, brown, yellow and golden appearance of plants, particularly shrubs and trees, indicate the end of summer and herald nature’s preparation for winter.

The weather becomes more unsettled and varies from still, damp, misty days to gales around the time of the equinox (equal length of day light and dark at night). The rain and wind will blow leaves from trees and give the garden an untidy appearance with all sorts of rubbish collecting in sheltered corners and on pathways. This is the time to sweep the leaves and other rubbish into piles and put them onto the compost heap. Keep lawns and pathways swept and free of slippery leaves.


Bird Table


Gardener’s Soup


Planting Bulbs for Spring

Get involved or get further information!