Dandelion Unexpected Garden

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, 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.

At the centre sit the luminous Cubes of Perpetual Light - part artwork, part laboratory, the cubes are miniature vertical farms, growing hundreds of seedlings under LED light, combining design craft, traditional horticultural expertise and technological innovation.

Leven Unexpected Garden

As part of the Dandelion programme, Unexpected Gardens will be springing up across Scotland during 2022, with one being hosted in the car park of The Centre, Leven.

The Leven Unexpected Garden aims to be a surprising space for visitors to enjoy, as well as a productive growing space for local communities to use, and will conclude with a Harvest Festival in September 2022, which locals will be invited to attend.

The garden is a true community effort, with local community groups, schools, businesses and people involved in the design and creation of the garden.

Unexpected Garden programme of events

Dandelion will be hosting a series of events and workshops over the summer months in the Leven Unexpected Garden at The Centre, Leven.

All events are free and many are just drop-in sessions that do not need to be booked. Some do have limited numbers and will need to be booked in advance, so please book your space using the relevant booking link.

Garden drop in sessions

Location: The Centre, Leven
Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 21 June 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 19 July 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 26 July 2022 - (1pm - 3pm
  • Tuesday 9 August 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 16 August 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 23 August 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)
  • Tuesday 30 August 2022 - (1pm - 3pm)

Maintenance, gardening, green therapy and creative workshops are just some of the things on offer.

Lets build a train planter (Booking required)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Date and time:
Wednesday 29 June (11am)

Come along and help us to build a train themed planter from recycled whisky casks for our train themed garden. Not only will you be part of creating a unique feature for the garden, you will also learn basic construction skills and have the opportunity to socialise with other members of the community.

Book your space via our Eventbrite page.

Conserve Ecology (Drop-in workshop)

Location: The Centre, Leven

Dates and times:

  • Friday 1 July 2022 - (10am - 12pm)
  • Friday 1 July 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)
  • Friday 22 July 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)

Come and learn how to create a self-sustaining ecosystem inside a glass house using household jars and succulents. Participants will also have the opportunity to sew gardens using wool as their drawing line to create colourful collaborative artworks tying in with Fife’s weaving and textile industry.

Family friendly, both children and adults are invited to get involved. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hive (Drop-in workshop)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Dates and times:

  • Monday 6 July 2022 - (10am - 12pm)
  • Monday 6 July 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)
  • Monday 1 August 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)

Inspired by Dandelion’s Growing Project, participants are invited to create vibrant images inspired by wildflowers to make collaborative ‘hive books’ to bring awareness to Scotland’s struggling bee population.

Honeybees are responsible for pollinating around 50% of all crops, produce, flowers, fruits, shrubs and trees in Scotland but numbers are in rapid decline.

Participants will be gifted dandelion seeds when they leave to grow on their windowsills at home, one of the simplest and easiest ways we can help our bees. Participants will also learn a simple basketry technique using the humble dandelion, tying in with Fife’s weaving industry.

Family friendly, both children and adults are invited to get involved. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Drawing from nature (Drop-in workshop)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Dates and times:

  • Wednesday 8 July 2022 - (10am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 8 July 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)
  • Saturday 23 July 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)

Come and explore how to use nature creatively celebrating the richness of our coastal landscape.

Explore mark-making and natural pigments using ingredients found in nature and the coastal landscape. Learn how to make brushes and spoons from materials foraged in nature, and a simple cordage technique using the humble dandelion.

Family friendly, both children and adults are invited to get involved. Anyone under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Plant photography (Booking required)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Dates and times:

  • Thursday 21 July 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)
  • Friday 5 August 2022 - (10am - 12pm)
  • Friday 5 August 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)

Experiment with alternative photography techniques that require no camera equipment or darkroom.

Play with photography techniques first discovered in the 19th century and discover how to ‘grow’ photographs on algae and use vegetables to create and develop photographic images in the sun.

Family friendly, both children and adults are invited to get involved. Anyone under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Book your space via our Eventbrite page.

Scribble pots (Booking required)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Dates and times: 

  • Wednesday 3 August 2022 - (10am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday 3 August 2022 - (2pm - 4pm)

This playful workshop invites participants of all ages and abilities the opportunity to create their very own automated drawing ‘machine’ to produce unique results.

Explore process art by breathing new life into common household materials and explore a fun and quirky way to make your mark.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sew gardens using wool as their drawing line to create colourful collaborative artworks tying in with Fife’s weaving and textile industry.

Family friendly, both children and adults are invited to get involved. Anyone under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Book your space via our Eventbrite page.

Wild, local and seasonal cooking (Drop in workshop)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Dates and times:

  • Friday 19 August 2022 - (11am - 1pm)
  • Wednesday 24 August 2022 -  (11am - 1pm)

For most of his life, Jayson Byles of East Neuk Seaweed has been a chef, gardener, and forager, and he is excited to share with you his love of delicious and thrifty seasonal cooking. 

Learn how to use the abundance of nature to waste less, taste more, and prepare delicious food for any occasion. 

Find out how to grow, forage and use readily available foods in a variety of ways, along with learning how to save money and become confident in the kitchen.