UNEXPECTED GARDEN ANNOUNCEMENT
LAC are delighted to host one of 12 Unexpected Gardens around Scotland, installed by creative arts programme Dandelion, showing that even the unlikeliest of places can bloom!
Our Unexpected Garden will take the garden to the people! A curtain-sider trailer converted into an innovative growing space will tour to 4-5 sites across Caithness.
On arrival at each site, the raised beds and planters will roll off the trailer to create a garden and audience area. The trailer will become a performance and workshop space, offering seating and integrated lighting/electricals allowing the gardens to be brought into the heart of each community. Each site will also offer the chance to ‘dig in’ and create more permanent planting.
We hope to create a cyclical growing pattern where communities across the county grow food for each other. We’ll explore where our food comes from, how it’s transported, and try some experimental approaches to cultivating vegetables.
Commissioned by EventScotland and funded via the Scottish Government, Dandelion is Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a nationwide programme of creative events and engagement. Driven by the concept of ‘Sow, Grow, Share’ – not just food but ideas, music, scientific knowledge, and community – Dandelion takes a unique approach to growing.
Bringing together artists, scientists, performers, and technologists to present events and programmes throughout Scotland, including the Unexpected Gardens, Dandelion will culminate in hundreds of harvest celebrations later this year.
Bringing new life to community libraries, car parks and even tidal sites from the Western Isles to the Borders, the Unexpected Gardens are set to be a highlight of Dandelion, taking place from April to September 2022.