Unexpected Gardens will spring up in surprising places across Scotland
Dandelion is proving that in 2022, even the unlikeliest places can bloom.
Picture cauliflowers sprouting on the back of a lorry, broad beans budding on a former bowling green and cabbages floating down a canal. Occupying unused and unusual sites, 13 Unexpected Gardens are being created across Scotland, each one filled with edible plants ready to be nurtured, grown and harvested by the local community. Dandelion, in partnership with organisations across the country are transforming plots of land into places to sow, grow and share – not just plants, but food, music, knowledge and new connections. There to be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, all of the Unexpected Gardens are free to visit.
Each garden will deliver a series of events unique to each location, from storytelling behind a local library, to workshops in an upturned boat at a former timber yard, and performances from a garden that rolls off the back of a lorry. EachUnexpected Garden will be visited by Dandelion’s specially designed Cubes of Perpetual Light – part-artwork, part-miniature vertical farms, where hundreds of seedlings are grown under LED light. There will be new music from musicians in residence, inspired by themes of growth and seasonal change, with hundreds of harvest events concluding the programme.