Unexpected Garden Fair Growing Green

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


Dandelion : Unexpected Garden : Fair Growing Green
This project speaks directly to the aims outlined in the priorities for the school:
In December 2021 myself and Mel Woods secured an opportunity to work with Dandelion Scotland to make an Unexpected Garden in Dundee. This national creative project supported the development of allowing communities to engage in unexpected growing spaces that were also environmentally sensitive. After a rigorous selection process of possible Dundee sites the disused bowling green in Fairmuir Park was chosen as our Unexpected Garden Location.
This live project has been delivered in partnership with Creative Dundee, and Dundee City Council.
Both my colleague Professor Mel Woods and myself were able to integrate this project into our teaching; for me this was via the Art and Ecologies Module. The project also employed and mentored three alumni DJCAD students. The project successfully engaged its local community, attracted positive media attention, and is currently in the final stages of making legacy provision for the asset transfer of the Unexpected Garden at the former Fairmuir Bowling Green to the local community.
Full documentation and tracking of the project is being collated, with photography and films to follow for dissemination, with the aim of fully capturing the project’s impact.
PeriodDec 2021Oct 2022
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • garden
  • Environmental Art
  • well being
  • community garden
  • food politics
  • learning through growing