Unexpected Garden: Caithness - Dandelion
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Unexpected Garden: Caithness

A garden with raised beds and a performance stage decorated with hanging baskets and colourful plants.


In Caithness, we’re bringing the garden to the people. Lyth Arts’ curtain-sided lorry will tour the region as an innovative growing, performance and workshop space,

Stopping off in Wick, Thurso, Lybster, John O’Groats and Halkirk, the lorry will drop its curtain to reveal an extraordinary collection of plants and greenery, with raised beds and planters rolling off the vehicle to create a pop-up garden and performance space at each location. Each site will offer the chance to ‘dig in’ and create more permanent planting, as Lyth Arts Centre - the UK’s most northerly mainland arts centre - involve communities across the region to create a cyclical growing pattern, growing food to share with each other.

Local schools will be invited to growing workshops and once the trailer moves onto its next location, we will leave a planter with each school that they can continue to grow from. When we aren’t harvesting potatoes or lighting up the stage, we encourage the garden to be used as a mindful space to catch up with friends, relax or enjoy a book.


Dates / Locations

28 Apr - 11 Sep 2022 Unexpected Garden: Caithness

Lyth Arts Centre,


Emerging Creative Producer:
Lauren Miller
Musician in Residence:
Darren Coghill
Creative Ethnologist:
Mairi McFadyen