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 - 2022

Unexpected Gardens

Working with Dandelion, the Scotland-wide creative growing initiative, to deliver an Unexpected Garden in Moray

Forres will be going to town with growing: fun with fungi, sprouting seeds, floating gardens and living lanes, showing that the unlikeliest of places can bloom. 

The Unexpected Gardens programme will invite local people to share ideas, make connections and inspire new ways of thinking about growing, whilst cultivating local roots and fresh connections among residents, growers, artists and community groups.

With an emphasis on edible growing, the programme will feature a spring and summer long programme of community engagement activities and events developed in collaboration with community partners, growers, artists and designers, culminating in a town centre display and harvest celebration.

Unexpected Gardens will be grown by the members of the local community in partnership with Findhorn Bay Arts as part of Dandelion, the Scotland-wide creative growing initiative.

What’s Happening

  • The Cultivating Connections network, which will celebrate and collaborate with local  growing groups such as Forres in Bloom, Forres Friends of Woods and Fields, Transition Town Forres, Incredible Edible and Forres Orchard.
  • Regular events such as Strawberry Sundays and Pop Up Pots, our free creative growing activities to encourage people of all ages to plant together.
  • An innovative floating edible garden on the Mosset Burn sponsored by Biomatrix Water Solutions which will highlight alternative approaches to land-based growing.
  • Living Lanes around Forres town centre, with participating residents of the lanes and closes of Forres being given free edible plants such as potatoes, beans and salad leaves to grow outside their homes. Those living down darker lanes will be given mushroom and microgreens growing kits.
  • Musicians-in-Residence Dopey Monkey, who will respond to, and create work, linked to the new Unexpected Garden spaces. Dopey Monkey are musicians Danielle Price and Martin Lee Thomson, who originally hail from Moray.
  • Culminating in a Harvest Celebration for community participants in early September where people will be invited to come together and sow, grow and share.

About Dandelion

Findhorn Bay Arts are proud to be part of Dandelion, a new creative initiative inviting people from all over Scotland to get growing, sharing and celebrating food, music and ideas with their communities.

Dandelion is an ambitious creative programme running from April to September 2022 that demonstrates the power of collective action in a major “grow-your-own” initiative.

Dandelion invites everyone to sow, grow and share – not just food, but music, scientific knowledge and ideas. Rooted in Scotland, with an international outlook and sustainability at its heart, the Dandelion programme follows the arc of the growing season, from April to September 2022, and will culminate in hundreds of local Harvest Festivals across the country. 

Dandelion aims to make growing your own food as easy and accessible as possible to people of all ages through events and activities taking place all over the country – from the remotest islands to the centres of cities – including festivals, music and cooking.

Dandelion is commissioned by EventScotland and funded by the Scottish Government, and is Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED, Creativity in the UK. 

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Image credit: Marc Hindley.

Programme & Activities

September 2022
Enjoy live music, storytelling, talks and tours, a ceilidh and food and drink at our Unexpected Gardens Harvest Celebration.
Various locations
  • Date for Diary
July 2022
Get creative, make crafts and share strawberries.
Various venues around Forres
  • Get Creative

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