The Floating Garden - Dandelion
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The Floating Garden

A woman in a yellow jacket on the Marigold Sunrise canal boat, in front of the Kelpies in Falkirk

About

Our Floating (Unexpected) Garden will tour the Scottish canal network, traveling from Glasgow to Edinburgh before resting in residence at The Kelpies from July to September. It’s made up of three elements one a barge from Scottish Canals converted in to a floating allotment, complete with a polytunnel, shed raised beds and a cube of perpetual light. The second a performance stage home to a huge flower puppet. The third an eco garden drawing sustenance from the canal and in the process cleaning the water and feeding the plants. During the tour the floating gardens will be joined by other vessels from the boating community decorated to create a flotilla of floating gardens that will stop at ten communities. At each the flower puppet will come alive holding a performance of harvest songs with locals receiving hundreds of grow-your-own starter kits for anything from potatoes to lemon balm. The Floating Garden will pass through Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Auchinstarry, Bonnybridge, Polmont, Linlithgow, Broxburn, Ratho and Edinburgh before docking at the Helix, Falkirk. Once at The Kelpies, there will be a series of events through the summer culminating in a joyful Harvest in early September.

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Dates / Locations

20 Jun 2022 Spiers Wharf

Speirs Wharf
Claypits
Glasgow
Scotland
G4 9TG

20 Jun 2022 Cadder Bridge

Cadder Bridge
Bishopbriggs
Glasgow
G64 3QA
(near Cadder Wharf, NCR754)

21 Jun 2022 Southbank Marina

Southbank Marina,
Kirkintilloch,
Glasgow,
G66 1TJ

22 Jun 2022 Auchinstarry Marina

Auchinstarry Marina,
Kilsyth,
Auchinstarry,
Glasgow,
G65 9SG

23 Jun 2022 Bonnybridge Lift Bridge

Bonnybridge Lift Bridge,
Bridge St,
Bonnybridge,
FK4 1AB

1 Jul - 11 Sep 2022 The Floating Garden: The Kelpies

Visitor Centre,
The Helix,
Falkirk
FK2 7ZT

Credits

Creative Producer:
Iain Withers
Musician in Residence:
Cat and Colin Train
Creative Ethnologist:
Steve Byrne
A graphic illustration of a repeat pattern of basil leaveson a green background with Coming Soon text
28 Apr - 11 Sep 2022

Unexpected Garden: The Kelpies - Events

The Kelpies