Palm House Programme
Garden Finale

Mud Oven Afternoons, 2017. Photo: Johnny Barrington. 

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On the final day of the Festival join us for a special Mud Oven Afternoon hosted by artist Bobby Niven, who as part of the Festival’s 2017 commissions programme made Palm House for the site of Scottish Wildlife Trust’s smallest reserve. Palm House and the Mud Oven were designed by the artist as a social sculpture, a place for production, and for sharing conversations and baking, and has become a magical Festival meeting place.

We are delighted that Bobby will be taking part in the 2019 programme, exhibiting a new series of free form planters designed for Palm House, and hosting the popular Garden Finale.

The importance of storytelling has inspired the commissions programme this year. Palm House will be used as a reading room, as well as a space for storytelling in many forms.  In response to this theme Bobby has invited Glasgow based musician, Alasdair Roberts, to make a special appearance as part of the Garden Finale and to share his storytelling in the form of song.

A songwriter/composer, singer, guitarist and interpreter of traditional songs and ballads, Roberts is acclaimed by Folk Radio UK as 'one of our most talented, important and relevant songwriters and song-adapters'.  He has released several critically acclaimed albums of his music via Drag City Records over the past two decades, featuring both self-written material and interpretations of the traditional song of Scotland and beyond. September 2019 will see the release of a new Drag City album, The Fiery Margin, featuring ten new songs composed by Alasdair.


Admission free – space is limited. 


Sunday 25 August



Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden
Patrick Geddes Steps/Castle Wynd South,
Edinburgh, EH1 2PW