PoliNations, Created and Produced by Trigger. Photo Katja Ogrin

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

Step into an epic super 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.



A super-natural wonderland celebrating the natural diversity in our gardens and culture



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, poetry and performance and more!

Friday 2nd, September Sunday 18th, September

Victoria Square

Chamberlain Square

What kind of flower is your mind today?


Answer 12 questions about yourself to create a digital 'seed' totally unique to you. Then plant that seed using your phone's camera anywhere you like.

The Highlights

What's on

PoliNations opened from Fri 2 - Sun 18 Sep. The entire PoliNations programme was completely FREE and EVERYONE was invited!


Every MorningFrom Soil to Sip

Spectra's accessible, multi-sensory tour of PoliNations, exploring Tea - planting, growing, harvesting, blending, brewing and drinking!

5 - 16 SeptInto the Garden

Daily horticultural tours of the super garden led by our expert gardeners from The Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

5 - 8 Sept & 12 - 14 SeptWonderSphere Workshops

Join us in the WonderSphere for free workshops to learn from the best and create something fabulous!

10 - 11 SeptContains Strong Language: Poetry & Performance Festival

WE WILL BE SUSPENDING OUR LIVE PROGRAMME UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - click here for more information. BBC Contains Strong Language Festival takes over the PoliNations site, presenting a jammed packed weekend of poetry and performance magic.
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Iconic Plants

The PoliNations super garden is a co-created landscape of over 5,000 plants and flowers. We feature nine of them here: their journey, their history and how they affect our lives in ways we never realised.

Take Part

Flower cutting with orange petals

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.

Female face with red roses growing from behind
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!

Woman's face with pink and purple flowers and green foliage growing out of her hair
Out Now!

Download the PoliNations App

Available now for iOS and Android! Download the app, and dive into The PoliNations Virtual Super Garden to see what your inner landscape looks like today.

Our Partners
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Birmingham Logo
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Bbc Csl Logo Cmyk Yellow
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
D8 Birmingham Logo
Jackarts Logo Dark
The Factory
Clifton Road Youth Centre
Concord Youth Centre
Kingstanding Youth Group
Trinity Day Centre
Grand Union
Northfield Arts Forum
Kinmos Volunteer Group
Saheli Hub
Nechells POD
New Heights Community Project
The Active Wellbeing Society
Bearwood Community Hub
Birmingham Cathedral
Community Environmental Trust
St Thomas Community Project
Birmingham Thrive
Birmingham Institute for the Deaf
Open Theatre
Community Environmental Trust
Birmingham Settlement
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
Masefield Community Garden
Friends of George's Park
Welcome Change Community Garden and Centre
Balsall Heath City Farm
Highbury Orchard CIC
Quaker Meeting House
Migrant Help
Stories of Hope & Home
Women with Hope
Czech and Slovak Club UK CIC
Oasis Church
Spring Housing
Fircroft College
Ashley Community Housing
Micro Rainbow CIC
St Annes Hostel
In her Shoes


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PoliNations and Trigger
Trigger, Unit 1.1 Streamline Building, Paintworks, Bristol BS4 3AS
Unboxed, Creativity in the UKCommissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK and also presented as part of Birmingham 2022 Festival
Funded by
HM Government
Northern Ireland Executive
Scottish Government Riaghaltas na h-Alba
Llywodraeth Cymru Welsh Government
Belfast City Council
Cymru Greadigol Creative Wales
Branding and website by Peter & Paul