Dundee Urban Orchard

Growing in a greenspace near you

Public events

Please see below for a list of PUBLIC events. All events are FREE unless stated otherwise. For more up to date information about forthcoming events see DUO’s Facebook page.

DUO will be lying fallow for the remainder of 2017. You can expect to hear from us again in October 2019 with a second stage for the project – a 10 year project to regenerate Riverside Nature Park.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about DUO or if you’d like to join one of the twenty-five orchard groups please send us an email. 


Library hours apply, see here for details.

Dundee Urban Orchard - Orchard City prints series

What: Orchard City print exhibition

An exhibition of 8 x A2 screenprint posters celebrating the people and the values that sustain Dundee as an Orchard City.

(If you’d like to exhibit this exhibition please get in touch.)

Where: Arthurstone Community Library, 5 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee, DD4 6RT.


1st – 3rd September 2017 – 10am – 5pm

Dundee Urban Orchard - Public consultation at Dundee Flower and Food Festival, 2013

At this year’s Flower and Food Festival, DUO will be gathering community feedback for a large-scale Community Orchard and running orchard themed art activities for all ages.

Full details to follow.

Unfortunately, this is a ticketed event – but it’s well worth a visit. See here for details.

Where: Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF.

27th and 28th May 2017 – roughly 10am – 5pm

Dundee Urban Orchard - Print City - Graft

What: Print City – Print Festival Scotland – part of Dundee Design Festival

Join DUO at this year’s Dundee Design Festival and contribute to the Print City installation. Print City information can be found here. What follows is DUO’s official ‘blurb’ for the exhibition.


1. insert (a shoot or twig) as a graft

2. hard work

Dundee Urban Orchard is a socially engaged art project that reimagines Dundee as an Orchard City. Since 2013 DUO have planted 25 small-scale orchards across the city, working with hundreds of active citizens to do so.

For Print City, DUO will be grafting a series of 25 relief prints onto the existing Print City installation. The prints depict images of planting, pruning, harvesting and other forms of orchard celebration.

This process mirrors DUO’s wider engagement in Dundee; a form of political and environmental intervention that grafts an alternative vision of the city onto an existing urban rootstock.

Together we graft a more just, democratic and sustainable future.

Where: West Ward Works, Guthrie Street, DD1 5BR.

24th March 2017 – 6 – 7.30pm

Carolyn Steel

What: Public Lecture by Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City: How Food Shapes our Lives

A fantastic opportunity to hear Carolyn Steel, internationally recognised writer, speaker and architect, talk about urban design, food and the future of sustainable cities.

How do you feed a city? The larger our cities grow, the further we get in mind and fact from our sources of sustenance. Yet the hidden costs of the industrial food systems that make this possible are destroying us and our planet. Food has shaped our bodies, homes, societies, cities, and landscapes in the past; now we need to harness that power for good. We already live in what one might call sitopia (from Greek sitos, food + topos, place). By recognising that fact, we can think and act through food to create a better, more sustainable world.

Where: Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 1, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN.

To book a ticket click here.

12th March 2017 – 9am – 4.30pm

Dundee Urban Orchard - Scone Palace Grafting Workshop - March 2017

What: Fruit tree grafting workshop – in partnership with Tay Landscape Partnership and our supplier of fruit trees, Andrew Lear.


Join DUO for a day trip to learn how to graft fruit trees at Scone Palace Heritage Orchard.

Free transport from Dundee provided. Please ensure you bring sensible clothing and footwear to keep out the cold and possibly the rain!

Where: Departing from Roseangle Commons, 130 Perth Rd, (beneath Dundee West Church), DD1 4JW.

2nd March 2017 – 6 – 8pm

Dundee Urban Orchard Slessor Gardens

What: Green Tease – culture/SHIFT – Asking, How can artistic practices contribute to the transformation to a more sustainable Scotland?

Working in collaboration with Creative Carbon Scotland, On Site Projects invites four Dundee-based arts projects/organisations to present on how their practices relate to environmental sustainability and to discuss the development of an arts and sustainability network in the city.

Contributors include Dundee Urban Orchard (socially engaged artists), NEoN (Digital Arts Festival), Sharing Not Hoarding (a curatorial project), and Sarah Cook (curator of LifeSpace) to introduce their work framed in response to Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Tease culture/SHIFT themes.

Where: Unit 6, The Vision Building, Dundee, DD1 4QB.

10th February 2017 – 6-8pm


What: Artists talk.

Join Jonathan for dinner and an artists talk at Aberdeen’s first No Waste Cafe.

Where: Ruthrieston Community Centre, 532 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 7LL.

8th February 2017 – 12 – 4pm

Dundee Urban Orchard - Pruning workshop with Abndrew Lear, February 2017

What: Pruning workshop at Elcho Castle in partnership with Tay Landscape Partnership and our supplier of fruit trees, Andrew Lear.


Join DUO for a day trip to learn how to prune fruit trees at Elcho Castle.

Free transport from Dundee provided. Please ensure you bring sensible clothing and footwear to keep out the cold and possibly the rain!

Where: Departing from Roseangle Commons, 130 Perth Rd, (beneath Dundee West Church), DD1 4JW.

25th October 2016 – 2pm – 6pm – drop-in


What: Slessor Gardens orchard maintenance and care session.

Join us for a final weeding and general tidy up before the weather plummets. What we cut back is edible so please bring appropriate carry-out containers!

Everybody welcome. (Gloves and tools provided.)

Where: Slessor Gardens – second garden down on the left when facing Caird Hall. Opposite the Sharing Not Hoarding exhibition space.

22nd October 2016 – 11am – 3pm

8. Orchard City Celebrate

What: Community Harvest – includes visual art, music, dance, storytelling, and apple juicing.

After three years planting orchards and delivering art workshops across the city, Dundee Urban Orchard and its city-wide network will be celebrating the fruits of their labour with a community harvest.

Please see the Community Harvest link for more information and an updated programme of lead-in events.

Hosted by Dundee Botanic Garden, one of twenty five DUO sites and partners.

This event is FREE.

Visitors are encouraged to bring apples for juicing and a picnic.

Where: Dundee Botanic Garden, Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD2 1QH.

20th – 27th October – 9am – 4.30pm


What: Dundee Urban Orchard print exhibition.

Showing the orchard city print series, DUO’s ‘shadow markers’, and a series of relief prints exploring the cultivation, care and biodiversity of orchards.

Where: Dundee Botanic Garden, Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD2 1QH.

October 2016 – various dates and times


What: Community Harvest participatory workshops.

For a list of workshops please see here.

Where: Dundee City Centre, Roseangle Commons, Arthurstone Community Library, and Maxwell Community Centre.

8th October 2016 – 10am – 4pm

Dundee Urban Orchard Art-Science Orchard

What: Fruit Festival

Join DUO at Tay Landscape Partnership’s annual Fruit Festival for a printmaking workshop exploring orchard biodiversity and orchard pollination.

In  addition to DUO’s workshop there will be lots of other events to enjoy and learn from.

For more information see here.

Where: King Edward Street, Perth, PH1 5

27th September 2016 – 12.45 – 1.30pm


What: Artist talk as part of the Inspiring Impressionism series at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Daubigny, Monet and Van Gogh all famously painted orchard scenes. Taking this as their departure point contemporary artists Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins will talk about Dundee Urban Orchard (DUO), a socially engaged art project they’ve been running in Dundee since 2013. DUO has worked with a wide range of community groups, schools and cultural organisations to establish a network of 25 orchards across the city. In addition to the practicalities of planting the orchards, DUO also run art workshops and educational events raising awareness of biodiversity and cultural diversity. The aim of the project is to reimagine Dundee as an Orchard City.

This event is FREE.

Where: National Galleries of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL.

17th – 29th September – 12.00pm – 5.00pm


What: Exhibition – exploring the concept of heterotopia.

Includes work by Freddie Topps, Joan Stack, Robert Powell, and Stephen Thorpe.

Where: Whitespace, East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH7 5QQ.

June – December 2016 – workshops scheduled on a fortnightly basis alternating Wednesdays and Saturdays. See here for details.

Note: due to popularity – mosaic workshops continue on a fortnightly basis.

Ninewells Community Garden Mosaic Design Workshop - Dundee Urban Orchard - Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins

What: Mosaic Workshop.

Join Ninewells Community Garden visitors and volunteers to co-design and make a mosaic for the garden.

Where: Ninewells Community Garden, Arboretum, Ninewells Hospital, DD2 1UB.

2nd – 4th September 2016 – 10am – 5.30pm.


What: Printmaking workshop and interactive performance at this year’s Dundee Flower and Food Festival. You’ll find us in the Trees4Yew Tent where you’ll also find lots of other creative environmental projects.

Note: While the DUO workshop is free entrance to the overall event is not. (Sorry!)

Where: Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF.

27th and 28th June 2016 – 6 – 8pm.

Dundee Urban Orchard Slessor Gardens

What: Public Planting event in Slessor Gardens.

Join DUO in planting an Edible Garden and Orchard Space in the soon to be opened Slessor Gardens. In addition to the the heritage variety orchard we’ll be planting local soft fruit – raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrents – and a selection of  herbs for culinary, medicinal purposes and to encourage biodiversity.

Where: Slessor Gardens, Waterfront Development, DD1.

1st October – 16th November 2015

Shadow Planters - Dundee Urban Orchard - Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins

What: Shadow Planters – Public Art Exhibition – part of the Sharing Not Hoarding programme.

Where: Waterfront Hoardings, Dock Street, Dundee, DD1.

A complementary exhibition by Peter Smith entitled Red Delicious and Greensleeves currently runs at Nomas*Projects.

7th October 2015 – 10am – 4pm

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What: Picking & Juicing skillshare workshop.

Learn about the process of fruit ripening – and how to pick, process and store your apples, pears and plums at the optimum time and in the most interesting ways. Practical course with hands-on juicing – and thoughts on how to process your juice further. Led by Margaret Lear of Plants with Purpose & Appletreeman.

This workshop is organised by Tay Landscape Partnership. Please send DUO an email if you’d like to participate.

Where: Errol Village Hall and local orchards.

21st August – 1st October 2015 – see here for opening hours.

4. Orchard City Act

What: Orchard City Print Exhibition to coincide with the Dundee Commons Festival.

Where: Douglas Community Centre, Balmoral Avenue, DD4 8SD.

26th June – 11th July 2015 – 10am – 5pm.

WHAT: Orchard City Print Exhibition and printmaking workshop.

P.N. Dundee Urban Orchard - Community Print workshop

Exhibition and all age public print workshop with Print Festival Scotland.

Workshop from 1-4pm on Saturday 4th July.

WHERE: Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee, DD1 1DB.

9th – 25th June 2015 – 9.30am-5pm.

WHAT: Orchard City Print Exhibition and printmaking workshop.

9th JuneScrub Up, Grub’s Up, a day of workshops, networking and sharing good practice to bring fun, food based growing activity to your community garden setting. Organised by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.  For more information or to book your place, click here.

WHERE: The Maxwell Centre, St Salvadors Street (entrance Carnegie Street), Dundee, DD3 7EW.

NOTE: The Scrub Up, Grub’s Up event isn’t free. If this prevents your attendance please email DUO to discuss possibilities.

2nd May 2015 – 1 – 4pm.


WHAT: Orchard Pollination Print Workshop.

To celebrate Camperdown Wildlife Centre’s wonderful orchard, Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins will turn the Camperdown summerhouse into a pop-up print studio. Using screenprint to make unique tote bags and block prints to create biodiversity bunting, this is a family-friendly bees-knees event not to be missed!

WHERE: Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee, DD2 4TF.

October 2014 was a busy time for DUO as we launched the Orchard City concept through a series of art exhibitions, planting events and related harvesting activities.

28th October 2014 – 1-2pm

WHAT: Art-Science Orchard planting event.

Dundee Urban Orchard Art-Science Orchard

Join Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee Science Centre (DSC), and Bonnie Dundee to plant an Art-Science Orchard on the piazza between DCA and DSC.

The Art-Science Orchard is the first of it’s kind in Scotland.

The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served at DSC following the planting.

WHERE: On the piazza between DCA and DSC, Greenmarket, DD1 4QB.

24th October – 9th November 2014 – Thursday to Sunday, 12 – 5pm.

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Opens Friday 24th October, 7-9pm with DUO apple pressing!

WHAT: VIEW – an exhibition that focuses on the physical, social and economic infrastructure of a city as a large scale design process.

Includes, among other things, a DUO cold store for windfall apples.  See GENERATORprojects for further details.

WHERE: 25/26 Mid Wynd Industrial Estate, Dundee, DD1 4JG.

18th October – 9th November 2014 – 10am – 4pm (Monday to Saturday)

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WHAT: Orchard City print exhibition

A series of Orchard City silkscreen posters showing some of our work to date. Following this exhibition the posters will be available for display in various venues across the city. So if you’d like to host an exhibition of the prints please get in touch.

WHERE: Roseangle Arts Cafe, 130 Perth Rd, (beneath Dundee West Church), DD1 4JW.

30th August 2014 – 12pm – 3pm

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WHAT: Grand Seed Truck Fair at Dudhope Community Centre.

Join the Fife Diet’s Seed Truck and their team as they celebrate Dudhope Community Centre’s new Kitchen Garden and Urban Orchard.

WHERE: Dudhope Community Centre (Bharatiya Ashram), 5 St Mary Place, Dundee, DD1 5RB.

For more information click here.

17th August 2014 – 2pm – 5pm

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WHAT: Orchard Planting Day at Ninewells Community Garden

Join Ninewells Community Garden volunteers and DUO as we plant a new orchard at the Ninewells Community Garden. in addition to planting the orchard you can also learn more about the garden and how to get involved.

WHERE: Ninewells Hospital – 5 minutes walk from the Maggie’s Centre – at the back of A+E and the Princess Alexandria Centre.

19th July 2014 – 12 – 4pm

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WHAT: Orchard Planting and Biodiversity Printmaking Workshop

A celebration of Duntrune Community Garden and the community groups who help maintain it. More information here.

WHERE: Dawson Park, West Ferry, Dundee, DD5 1JX

17th May 2014 – 10.30am – 4pm

Dundee Urban Orchard, Botanic Garden Batik workshop

WHAT: Batik bunting biodiversity workshop

Part of The Power of Plants, an all day event at the Dundee Botanic Gardens, celebrating, yes, the power of plants! DUO will be on hand running a batik biodiversity art workshop. Learn more about orchards, their wider ecology, and the ancient process of batik. Suitable for adults and children.

WHERE: Dundee Botanic Garden, Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD2 1QH.

March 2014 – fortnightly- 6 – 7.30pm

Orchard Corps - Dundee Urban Orchard

WHAT: MC Orchard Corps – an ensemble of people, sound and performance, all dedicated to celebrating Dundee as an Orchard City!

No prior experience necessary; enthusiasm is all we require!

WHEN: fortnightly on a Wednesday from 6pm – 7.30pm. (Send DUO an email to find out which week we meet!)

WHERE: Hannah Maclure Centre, University of Abertay Dundee, Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre, 1-3 Bell Street, DD1 1HP.

18th February – 19th April 2014 – times vary

WHAT: Kitchen Garden Workshops.

Join the Seed Truck and DUO to learn gardening skills and help create a new community garden and orchard at Dudhope Community Centre. Includes raised bed and polytunnel construction workshops as well as hands-on planting experience!

WHERE: Dudhope Community Centre (Bharatiya Ashram), 5 St Mary Place, Dundee, DD1 5RB.

WITH: Dudhope Community Centre and the Fife Diet Seed Truck team.

22nd February – 2pm – 4pm


Intimate, moving and stunningly filmed by director Kalyanee Mam (of the Oscar-winning Inside Job), A River Changes Course vividly captures the profound interdependence between Cambodian river, forest and farm peoples and the foods they harvest. While moments of great beauty, grace and humour shine through, Mam witnesses the growing effects of debt, international land grabs and urbanisation on the families’ means of survival and happiness, finally begging both filmmaker and audience to break the silence and speak out from behind the screen.

A powerful reflection on the frontline impacts of our global food system, this mesmerizing film deservingly walked away with the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at Sundance.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih2P46AjgV8.

WHERE: Hannah Maclure Centre, University of Abertay Dundee, Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre, 1-3 Bell Street, DD1 1HP.

WITH: Take One Action Film Festival and the World Development Movement.

14th December 2013 – 1.00 – 4.00pm.

WHAT: Christmas Party and Garden Design Day (suitable for all ages).

Join us for an Indian Christmas lunch (1-2pm) and have a look at the progress of the new Community Kitchen Garden. Say what you think of the design, tell us what workshops you would like to come to, and have a taste of Fife Diet’s mulled elderberry cordial. There will also be arts and dance events by the Ashram community members. // This project is delivered in collaboration with Fife Diet’s Seed Truck.

WHERE: Dudhope Community Center (Bharatiya Ashram), 5 St Mary Place, DD1 5RB.

14th September 2013 – 1.00 – 4.00pm.

WHAT: Co-design workshop (suitable for all ages).

Help design the art-science orchard due to be installed on the piazza between Dundee Contemporary Arts and Dundee Science Centre. Includes hands-on design opportunities and family friendly relief printing activities inspired by the biodiversity of orchards.

WHERE: Dundee Science Centre – Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB.

6th – 8th September 2013 – 10.00am – 4.30pm

WHAT: Dundee Flower and Food Festival.

Out and about with the DUO print unit. Take the opportunity to design your own biodiversity bunting!

WHERE:  Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Rd., Dundee, DD2 4TF. (TICKET REQUIRED.)

31st August 2013 – 1.00pm – 4.00pm.

WHAT: Impact 8 – The Big Print.

Celebrate Dundee in printmaking style. Create your own biodiversity and cultural diversity bunting!

WHERE: Duncan of Jordanstone carpark, 13 Perth Rd., Dundee, DD1 4HT.

24th August 2013 – 1.00pm – 4.00pm.

WHAT: Co-design workshop (suitable for all ages).

Help design the art-science orchard due to be installed on the piazza between Dundee Contemporary Arts and Dundee Science Centre. Includes hands-on design opportunities and family friendly relief printing activities inspired by the biodiversity of orchards.

WHERE: Dundee Contemporary Arts – 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY.

21st August – 21st September 2013 – Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm (Opening on 21st August 7 – 9pm)

WHAT: PRINT SHIFT – an exhibition exploring the relationship between social, environmental and economic life within the city. Includes work by DUO and a series of related events. See On Site Projects for more details.

WHERE: Roseangle Gallery at Roseangle Arts Cafe, 130 Perth Rd, (beneath Dundee West Church), DD1 4JW.

6th – 8th August 2013 – 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

WHAT: Art and craft workshop

DUO are collaborating with Hot Chocolate Trust and Blue Skies Festival to rebuild the city out of cardboard! With a range of creative techniques to choose from – including DUO’s printmaking resources and tree design know-how – we will create the city of our dreams, explore how the city shapes us and we re-shape the city.

WHERE:  Hot Chocolate Trust, The Steeple Church, Nethergate, Dundee.

24th June 2013 – 10.00am – 11.30am.

WHAT: Orchard planting.

In partnership with Blackness Primary School and Dundee University Student Allotment Group.

WHERE: Dundee Botanic Garden – Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD2 1QH.

22nd June 2013 – 10.30am – 1.00pm.

WHAT: Orchard planting – with support from Margaret and Andrew Lear.

Learn more about The MAXwell Centre Community Garden and gain practical knowledge about designing and planting orchards. (Of particular interest to those who want to learn more about growing and training fruit trees as cordons.)

WHERE: The MAXwell Centre Community Garden, St Salvador Street, (access off Carnegie Street), Dundee, DD3 7EW.









































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