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Plot on Plate Competition

Published on May 11th 2020
Chelsea Physic Garden has announced its first-ever miniature gardening competition.
The garden is inviting everyone to create miniature gardens on a plate, using tools and plants they can find around their homes.
The contest is open to everyone; professional gardeners, budding amateurs and kids alike. People are encouraged to think outside the box and decorate their creations with all sorts of things, including LEGO pieces, lollipops or even matches.

How to Enter

To submit your miniature garden, post a picture of it on Twitter (@ChelsPhysicGdn) or Instagram (@chelseaphysicgarden), tagging the garden and using the hashtag #plotonaplate.
All entries should be submitted by the 18th of May.
If you don't use social media, you can email your entry to
The competition is open to everyone across the world.

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The garden plates will be judged in four different categories:
  • General
  • The Professionals
  • Children aged 5-9
  • Children aged 10-15
The judges will be Rosemary Alexander, one of the UK's most influential garden designers, Michael Perry aka Mr Plant Geek, TV/radio presenter and long-time miniature gardener, and Nell Jones, Head of Plant Collections at Chelsea Physic Garden.

People's Vote

Chelsea Physic Garden has also announced that one lucky winner can be chosen by Candide users, once the competition is over.
So lookout for the finalists and cast a vote on your favourite soon! We will let you know how to vote closer to the time!


The winner of each category will receive an annual pass to the Chelsea Physic Garden and a hamper of gardening goodies from Candide.

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Chelsea Physic Garden

An extraordinary space at the heart of the capital. 17th Century apothecaries established Chelsea Physic Garden, and their work is continued today in its living collection of around 5,000 plants that have changed the world. Tucked away beside the Thames in one of London’s smartest boroughs, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a retreat from the buzz of the city. Within its sheltered walls, rare and unusual plants flourish: walkthrough shaded avenues and admire the gardens of edible, herbal and medicinal plants, colourful floral displays from the Atlantic islands and woodland and wilderness areas. Don’t miss the historical collections in the 100-year-old glasshouses. The Physic Garden Café serves up breakfast and lunch using British produce that you can enjoy while admiring the gardens. The garden shop is a real treat for horticultural goodies and gifts. And a whole host of events runs all year, from workshops to family activities.

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