Unexpected Garden: Govan, Glasgow - Dandelion
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Unexpected Garden: Govan, Glasgow


Govan’s Unexpected Garden transformed a former timber storage facility, that backed onto the Fairley Street workshop of GalGael.

At the heart of the garden is The Govan Dozen; thirteen timber posts in a henge that created space for fires and feasts. An upcycled and upturned wooden boat transformed into a welfare cabin and tool shed. An outdoor kitchen supported the rediscovery of traditional preserving techniques and explored the creation of herbal remedies. In these social spaces, neighbours and visitors alike came together and enjoyed the things that matter most in life: food, and good company.

GalGael are a community who work together on demanding common tasks and stand in solidarity with those experiencing the profoundest effects of wealth inequality. Together, they dug alongside Tenement Veg, a working co-operative based in Glasgow’s Southside that grows and shares vegetables within communities. The garden cultivates local resilience in ways that are both regenerative and restorative for individuals and the wider community.


Dates / Locations

28 Apr - 11 Sep 2022 Unexpected Garden: Govan

26 Ibrox Terrace
G51 2TB
  • Opening Times
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 8pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm


Creative Ethnologist:
Mairi McFadyen