Ideas and possible partners for Community Gardens Open Day/ Trail

Garden Network- Ideas for Open Day

  • Face painting
  • Mud Kitchen
  • Science Experiments
  • Potion Station
  • Dress up corner
  • Treasure hunt/ scavenger hunt/hunt for bugs
  • Traditional Games-Skipping, parachutes
  • Using natural materials, making dens, forest school style, bug hotels
  • Quest around garden- wide game stations, activity passport
  • Obstacle Course/Outdoor games
  • Sneaky litter picks- junk modelling, degradation info
  • Smoothie Bike
  • Storytelling
  • Music- community groups
  • Quizzes- Name the veg, flower, herb, plant etc


  • Foraging- Mushroom cultivation
  • Sow and take home, herbs
  • Excess Plants/seedlings giveaway
  • Seed Swap


  • Bonnet Competition
  • Decorate bug mask (provide materials)
  • Collaborative art projects
  • Potato Printing
  • Flower/Leaf Prints
  • Chalk Drawing/ Transient Art
  • Drawing
  • Birdballs Food
  • Willow Weaving
  • Seed Bombs
  • Flower Arranging/ Crown Wreaths
  • Make a self-watering pot


  • Refreshments
  • Cooking- Recipes (salads)
  • Pizza Oven
  • Cooking demo with veg from the garden
  • Edible Flowers


  • Information about insects, bird, bugs and expert talks
  • Question box for gardeners or have someone answer at the time (Gardeners Question Time/Ask the expert)
  • Bee identification


  • Community group stalls
  • Local businesses/pop up shop
  • Sign up for volunteers/ information available at the time/passionate volunteers to talk to
  • First steps to getting involved- small tasks to help people feel like they’re helping/included

-cutting veg etc


Local Groups and Partners:

                Broughty Ferry in Bloom

                Bonnie Dundee


                Looseparts Play

                Music School Bands? Church Choirs?

                University Students – Abertay Sustainability Group, Newsletters, DJCAD

                Dundee Drummers (Morgan/Grove Academy)

                Hospitality – Serendipities, local cafes

                Community Centre, Youth Groups

                DVVA – Extra volunteers on the day?

                Eden Communities – Big Lunch

                Green Health Partnership

                Xplore Dundee

                Museum of Transport


  • People that we’ve not met, who don’t know us
    • Anyone and Everyone
    • Potential volunteers, people who will come back (not just gardening)
    • Potential partners for future projects
    • Schools and youth groups – involve them in wheelbarrow development – competition to design it?
    • Guides, Scouts, Boys Brigade etc.
    • We want people to use our spaces and enjoy them
    • Groups who can make things – e.g. Men’s Shed
    • Isolated people – new to area, don’t have connections, post COVID isolation.
    • People around the garden who are unaware of the activities going on
    • Community larders/fridges – fareshare, link with Big Lunch (prevent waste)
    • Local places we already work with
    • Faith groups
    • Faith in Community/Dundee Food Network
    • Put information in food parcels
    • B&Q, Tesco, Asda – Community engagement worker
    • Beekeeping associations
    • Dundee Instrumental Brass Band – Ailsa Mackintosh
    • Dance Charities
    • Confidence for Life (bellydance)
    • GOGA might run an event?
    • Effective Social Media
    • Hydroponics
    • Woodland Trust – Iain Moss, Meaghan Henry (outreach) – New trees, activities, advice
    • Reach out to the NERDS – Dundee Wargames Club
      • Forage for terrain materials
      • Paint scheme inspiration from nature
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