Day of Stories

Celebrating 10 years of a flourishing Hidden Gardens

2013 marks ten years of The Hidden Gardens, Scotland’s sanctuary garden dedicated to peace. Since opening in 2003, the Gardens has grown into a unique, much loved space that helps people to connect with nature and with each other.

A flourishing year-long programme of celebration events and projects took root in June 2013, with Day of Stories.

Telling the story the Hidden Gardens first ten years, Day of Stories brought together the experiences of our diverse visitors and volunteers, celebrating the Gardens as a dynamic community resource where people of different cultures enjoy a shared voice.

A packed day of activity in the Gardens included:
• Ceremonial Planting led by participants of the 2013 Plants of Meaning Project
• Feast prepared and served by the Hidden Gardens Cultural Cookery group
More Than Plants Grow Here: personal guided tours led by our dedicated Plants of Meaning project volunteers (‘Voluntours’) affording a rare and intimate account of the sights, sounds and smells of The Hidden Gardens.
• The Legend of The Hidden Gardens by The Village Storytelling Centre
• Albert Drive’s brilliant Everybody’s House.
• An Indian drumming performance courtesy of Apna Virsa Dholiz
• Music in the Gardens; from Gado Gado Gamelan;
• A Choir performance by Local Vocals;
• Photogram-making with Artist Alex Hamilton;
Dance Your Socks Off: ;
• Facepainting: with a biodiversity theme- bees, bugs and butterflies
Help Yourself Grow showcased their award winning Pallet garden;
• Make a Wish: offer your thoughts, wishes, prayers and messages to The Hidden Gardens wishing trees
• Plant Sale
and much more…

This was followed by the Day of Stories Exhibition, which ran from Saturday 22 June until Sunday 4 August. An inspiring exhibition of photography, film, archive materials and objects documenting our incredible journey. Included a Forest of Wishes- displaying the thoughts, wishes, prayers and messages offered to the Wishing Trees by the thousands of visitors to the Gardens.