Chelsea Physic Garden: Plated Landscapes

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

The Chelsea Physic Garden is hosting their first miniature garden competition: create a garden or landscape on a plate. In an effort to encourage others to share their own plated masterpieces, Jessica Peach, MLA-1 student, shares her examples below.

Pictured above: A miniature Karesansui: a Japanese rock garden or ‘dry landscape’. The stones here rather than representing mountains or islands, represent the 3 sofas my family sit on to watch Twin Peaks together every night.

Pictured above: A volcanic landscape complete with an erupting volcano and scorched, dead trees.

Pictured above: A woodland landscape with sea urchin shards as fly agaric toadstools and a mirror as a little pond.

Notes from their website:

The diminutive contest is open to everyone: professional gardeners, budding amateurs and kids alike. Use whatever you like, your garden could be living, or lollipops could be trees and matches could be a fence just let your imagination run wild.

Winners will receive an annual pass to the Garden and hampers of gardening goodies from Candide.

Contest judges

Rosemary Alexander, one of the UK's most influential garden designers and principal of The English Gardening School

Michael Perry aka Mr Plant Geek, TV/radio presenter and long-time miniature gardener

Nell Jones, Head of Plant Collections at Chelsea Physic Garden

The Categories

· General

· The Professionals

· Children aged 5-9

· Children aged 10-15

· Peoples vote (all entries)

To Enter: The Rules

· You can use any plate but maximum plate dimensions 35cm diameter x 6cm depth

· Digital entries can be submitted on Instagram (chelsea_physic_garden) or Twitter (ChelsPhysicGdn) by including the hashtag. Follow the Garden and use the hashtag #plotonaplate and the category you wish to enter. Alternatively, email your entry to

· The decision of the three judges will be final

· Please note you can enter from anywhere in the world but, should you win a prize, due to restrictions in delivery of goods we may have to substitute your prize to something that is easy/possible to send to you (cash values are not offered)

· The competition is open to all, and you can enter as many times as you like!

All Entries should be photographed/submitted by 18th May 2020.


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