Bringing gardens to unexpected places

Dandelion will bring greenspaces to libraries, car parks and even the water!

2022 is set to be the year of the garden for Scotland as a series of ‘edible gardens’ will transform patches of unused land through a “grow your own” food initiative, including a ‘Floating Garden’!

These Unexpected Gardens provided by the creative programme Dandelion, will bring a bit of greenery to libraries, waterfronts and even car parks from April to September 2022.

Through its mantra of ‘Sow, Grow, Share’, Dandelion has a unique approach to growing that stretches beyond just food. Scientists, technologists as well as artists and performers will be brought together to present a variety of events across Scotland, including the Unexpected Gardens, as well as hundreds of harvest celebrations later this year.

Each Unexpected Garden will play host to a variety of unique events throughout the summer. Each location will also have a local musician appointed to it, with applications for the role now open, who will create a piece of work that will be presented at the Harvest event in September.

Dandelion’s Unexpected Garden will also include a ‘Floating Garden’ which will tour the Forth, the Clyde and the Union Canal. Beginning its maiden voyage in Glasgow this June, the garden will consist of two barges and floating ecosystems that will be delivered in collaboration with urban water scaping specialists, Biomatrix.

Once it has set sail, the Floating Garden will pass through Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Auchinstarry, Bonnybridge, Polmont, Linlithgow, Broxburn; Ratho and Edinburgh before docking at the Helix, Falkirk until September 2022.

Other notable sites include Findhorn Bay Arts’ gardens in the centre of Forres, the car park of The Centre in Fife and Cove Park in Argyle which will utilize tidal sites in Loch Long and Gare Loch.

Neil Butler, Festival and Events Director for Dandelion said: “We’re excited to announce today the locations of our Unexpected Gardens and look forward to watching each of the gardens come to life as they grow. Sustainability lies at the heart of our programme, and we can’t wait to see people from all over Scotland sowing, growing, and sharing food, music and ideas.”

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