Leven 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 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.

Soup and a Song (Drop in session)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Date and time: Wednesday 10 August 2022 - (12pm - 2pm)

Join us for some fresh homemade soup and bread created using ingredients from the garden, alongside live local music from our musicians in residence.

Plants and jewellery making workshop (booking required)

Location: The Centre, Leven
Date and time: Thursday 11 August 2022 - (1pm-3pm)

Explore the meanings and uses of plants in Scotland, and produce a piece of jewellery using natural plant materials.

During this two-hour workshop, you'll be shown wire wrapping and threading techniques to create beautiful pieces of jewellery. Everyone who attends will also go home with a piece of jewellery that they have made, along with some new skills.

No previous experience is required. The workshop is suitable for anyone over the age of 8. Those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

A break with tea and coffee will also be provided.

Booking required to secure your space. Book your ticket via our Eventbrite page.

Wild, local and seasonal cooking (Booking required)

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.

Booking required to secure your space. Book your ticket via our Eventbrite page.

Filmmaking crash course. Making a movie on your mobile! (Booking required)

Location: The Centre. Leven

Dates and times: 

  • Monday 22 August 2022 - (10am - 2pm)
  • Wednesday 24 August 2022 - (10am-2pm)
  • Saturday 27 August 2022 (1pm-5pm)

Do you love movies? Why not come make one?

Through this workshop you will learn how to write, shoot and direct a short narrative film based around a classic or contemporary fairy tale character.

Learn about lighting, image composition, camera techniques and more.

You will craft a one-and-a-half-minute short film pitch depicting a fairy tale character existing in a contemporary setting, observing upon the socio-political implications of their current role in society.

Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 years old. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking required to secure your space. Book your ticket via our Eventbrite page.