Unexpected Gardens in Caithness

Monika Reichelt

Lyth Arts Centre will host one of 12 Unexpected Gardens around Scotland as part of the Dandelion programme teaching communities about the art and value of growing food and other plants.

The garden will travel in a curtain-sider trailer converted into an innovative growing space and will tour to 4-5 sites across Caithness stopping in the following locations:

  • John O’Groats | Sat 28 May – Sat 18 June
  • Lybster | Tue 21 June – Sun 10 July
  • Wick (Rosebank) – Fri 15 July – Sat 13 August
  • Thurso |Tue 16 August – Sun 11 September

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 in.

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.

You can find more details on Dandelion website, or Lyth Arts Centre.