Down to Earth

Down to Earth is a new annual event celebrating all things green with Dubai’s growing community of gardeners, green-fingered enthusiasts, the eco-conscious and sustainability-aware. Taking place on December 12, 2020, Down to Earth is a first-of-its-kind day-long event featuring an accessible range of entertaining, educational activities for all ages. Carefully curated and free to all, Down to Earth takes place outdoors in the Jameel Arts Centre gardens and Sculpture Park, and includes:

Workshops, demos and information stalls for children, teens and adults and covering topics such as garden-growing, potting, composting, flower arranging, forest-making and more.

A curated green bazaar featuring everything one needs to grow, nurture and accessorise a broad variety of indoor and outdoor gardens, plus related eco-conscious and sustainability-aware gifts and products.

Talks and guided tours: botanist- and curator-led guided tours of the Jameel Arts Centre’s desert and artist’s gardens, plus talks by regional specialists and expert hobbyists on sustainability, self-sufficiency, gardening and more.

Food vendors for light bites and refreshments as well as designated picnic areas across the Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park.

Plus: giveaways, games and storytelling experiences for children and adults that are open and free for all.

Call for applications! Down to Earth also debuts Grow & Tell, a new participatory live community showcase of the UAE’s most exciting gardens – from indoor jungles to established plots. UAE-based gardening aficionados are invited to apply by submitting a description and photos of their home garden via this online application form by November 30, 2020. Eight gardeners will be selected and invited to take to the Down to Earth stage on December 12 and present their share-worthy gardens, insights, tips and tricks in a lively showcase of the very best of UAE gardens.

Click here to volunteer for this event.

Down to Earth is a free event open to all with limited capacity. Pre-registration is required as slots will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Book your two-hour Down to Earth slot here and present your registration confirmation upon your arrival. Limited-capacity workshops require separate registration. The full programme of events and speakers will be announced on December 6. Check the What’s On section for further details.

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