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Did you know that around 80% of plants found in UK city-gardens originated overseas?*

Step into an epic pop-up garden of magical proportions! Giant fabricated trees sit amongst thousands of plants and flowers co-planted by the city’s residents, whilst the garden hosts a spectacular free events programme celebrating colour, beauty and natural diversity. This super-natural wonderland will bring live music, poetry, workshops, light shows, unexpected plant-life origin stories and a grand finale like no other. This is Carnival and Holi combined in one brilliant, messy, playful party and everyone is invited.

*Statistic taken from a forthcoming study by Professor Jane Memmott, Professor of Ecology at Bristol University and President of the British Ecological Society, and colleagues.



MOTHER TREE A free performance programme will take place over nine days under the canopy of one of our 40-foot architectural trees, that will take root at Assembly George Street. The tree will create a magical space for creative collaboration as well as hosting a jam-packed programme of talented Edinburgh based artists, in collaboration with Assembly Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thursday 4th, August — Saturday 13th, August

Assembly George Street



POLINATIONS The city centre will bloom into a vibrant living oasis filled with thousands of plants and brought to life through free garden tours, audio baths, live music and light shows, costume design workshops, sensory experiences, spoken word and more!

Friday 2nd, September — Sunday 18th, September

Victoria Square

The Programme

What's on

The entire PoliNations programme is completely FREE and EVERYONE is invited! Spread across two sites in Edinburgh and Birmingham, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, from live events to workshops and much, much more. The full line-up will be announced very soon, but here’s a peek into the kind of events you can expect.


Mother Tree Thu 4 — Sat 13 Aug

Our exciting free performance programme will take place over nine days under the canopy of one of our epic 40-foot-tall architectural trees that will take root at Assembly George Street.

Assembly George Street

Plant Up Fri 2 — Sun 4 Sep

PoliNations opens! Hundreds of plants, nurtured from seed by local community groups, will be co-planted by local people ready to take pride of place in the pop-up garden.

Victoria Square

Spoken Word Weekend Sat 10 — Sun 11 Sep

On top of our regular daily programming, PoliNations will present a weekend of spoken word events, featuring performances from the brightest sparks from the local, national and international spoken word scene.

Victoria Square
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Taking Part

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Activities for Schools

Discover the journey of seeds, explore the origin of the UK’s plants and celebrate our multicultural nation with our free Education Pack, plus book your school group tour!

Join the team

Help make it happen

The PoliNations team is growing! Check out our current vacancies, traineeships, and tender and development opportunities on the Trigger website.

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Come and join in

Get involved

PoliNations will be packed full of workshops and interactive events. Get your hands dirty and help bring our spectacular pop-up garden to life, unleash your creativity and design your own costume in the Glam Dome, take in the site on a sensory tour, discover the history of tea at the Tuk Tuk Tea, plus much more!

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