Dandelion is an ambitious community growing project happening across Scotland over summer 2022, creating thirteen Unexpected Gardens as spaces to Sow, Grow and Share; not just food, but ideas, music, knowledge and communities.
Local partners have come together to bring the Dandelion project to the city, including the University of Dundee, Creative Dundee, Dundee City Council and community group, Friends of Fairmuir. Dundee’s Unexpected Garden, ‘Fair Growing Green’, will bring new life and fresh produce to the former bowling green in the popular Fairmuir Park.
Dundee has many incredible growing spaces and initiatives, with an existing culture of food growing and sharing. Fair Growing Green will join the many established spaces in Dundee, and we’re excited to showcase and connect with these existing community gardens to learn and collectively imagine the future of growing in the city.
From Thu 30 June, Fair Growing Green is open to visit on:
Visitors can drop in during these times throughout the summer to grow with us, join us for a cup of tea, find out more about the project and help out with the garden.
Centuries ago, the Fairmuir Park site was a market-muir (moorland) for cattle, and at that time sat far beyond the city’s boundaries. It later became the site of weekly markets and an annual Fair, hence its name. In 1883, landowner Sir John Ogilvy gifted it to the people of Dundee as a recreational park. As Dundee city grew rapidly around it, Fairmuir Park quickly became an important green space and remains well used and loved today by local residents and footballers alike.
Fair Growing Green was named by locals at a recent community gathering event. It playfully alludes to its history and location, and captures the fair principles behind this new growing space. Providing food for both people and pollinators, the garden will be achieved through thoughtful planting and design. This will be a space where everyone is welcome to gather together, grow something for the first time, share experiences with others, or simply sit and enjoy some company.
Friends of Fairmuir originally formed in response to the potential sale of public land; they believed passionately that the precious green space should remain. They dreamt of a community garden that would bring people together once again, and are working closely with the Dundee partners on the vision and legacy of the garden beyond summer 2022.
Dandelion’s Sow, Grow, Share concept will be brought to life in Dundee through events and workshops programmed by Emerging Creative Producer, Eilish Victoria. Together we’ll learn about the importance of biodiversity and how to improve it, practice new skills around growing and sustainability, cook food and eat together, and experience the wellbeing benefits of being active and outdoors with others.
Musicians in Residence will bring new sounds to each of the Unexpected Gardens. In Dundee, local musicians, Claire Gorman and Mark Urban work together as St Kilda Mailboat. Over the summer they will tour community gardens across the city to develop a collaborative performance with communities which draw on the relationships between people, plants and pollinators, and the ways we can have a deeper relationship with nature and each other through music and sound-making. Find out how to take part in their June workshops!
Connecting to the wider Dandelion programme, an installation of Luke Jerram’s artwork Of Earth and Sky will also feature at Fairmuir Park. Working with Art Angel’s Creative Writing Group, words and phrases representative of the themes of the project will be chosen, then painted and planted into the park’s landscape.
Also look out for Dandelion’s Cubes of Perpetual Light, miniature vertical farms which can grow hundreds of plants under special LED bulbs, encouraged by new music created especially for Dandelion. The Cubes of Perpetual Light will be popping up at V&A Dundee from 23 June.
The programme will culminate in a Harvest Festival—a weekend of events happening at all Unexpected Gardens across the country—on Fri 9 and Sat 10 September 2022. These events will bring people together to celebrate our crops and share thoughts on the future of growing, over food, music and chat.
Over summer you can tour all thirteen Unexpected Gardens across Scotland, which include a floating garden and a communal drying green! There are two large scale music-filled Dandelion Festivals, touring plant giveaways and a schools programme engaging over 460 schools and experimenting with future growing technologies.
Dandelion’s nation-wide Free for All visited Dundee for plug plant giveaway in City Square on Sat 4 June. Visitors were able to take home some free plants and receive growing tips for a successful crop from Scotland’s Rural College students!
Dates: Fair Growing Green will be open late June 2022, and the summer programme will run until the Harvest Festival on 9 and 10 September. More details to follow with opening hours and events programme.
Location: Fairmuir Park and Green is situated in the Coldside area of Dundee. The garden is close to Dundee & Angus College, Old Glamis Road campus, and minutes from the Kingsway and Strathmartine Road roundabout. Free parking is available.
Fair Growing Green, Fairmuir Park, Dundee, DD3 8JE
Approximate journey times from Dundee City Centre:
The Fair Growing Green Unexpected Garden is created and delivered in collaboration by: University of Dundee project team Mel Woods, Tania Kovats, Jek McAllister (Intern); Creative Dundee’s Gillian Easson and Eilish Victoria; and Musicians in Residence St. Kilda Mailboat (Claire Gorman and Mark Urban); in partnership with Claire Dow, Events, Greenspace and Neighbourhood Teams at Dundee City Council; and Friends of Fairmuir Community Group.
Dundee’s Fair Growing Green is one of 13 Unexpected Gardens commissioned through Dandelion 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.
Creative Programme – Eilish Victoria: email@example.com
Garden Project and Press – Mel Woods: firstname.lastname@example.org
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