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Pop-up Art Gardens – Life is sustained and enriched by plants

May 16
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Every day until June 7, 2015
This autumn, as part of the UK’s Chelsea Fringe Festival, there are unique new gardens popping up at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne: on the Dunlop Plaza in the Melbourne Gardens and in the Promenade Plaza in the Australian Garden. These ‘art gardens’ have been created by students exploring the Gardens’ mission – that Life is sustained and enriched by plants. What sustaining and creative ideas can you find in these pop-up installations?

Contemporary Green: How Do We Cultivate Our Garden?

May 16
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Contemporary Green is a free to download, free to share, free to print e-book of 100 word manifestos co-authored by garden writers and enthusiasts, answering the question – How do we cultivate our garden? Please do download, write about, share with friends, laugh, cry and argue over what you read here from our wonderful writers. It is our gift to you. Contemporary Green  

The ‘Wellington Tower’

May 16
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Every day until June 7, 2015
A witty commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Strictly Gardening

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Haywards Heath’s community fun event is set for Saturday 16th May this year and promises to be the very best ever.  The theme of the day is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and gardening expert and TV personality Charlie Dimmock will open the proceedings as well as being part of the celebrity Gardener’s Panel, chaired by Jean Griffin of BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey, for a public Question Time on all things green.  Our aim is to unite communities through…

Practical Pharmacy: Workshop on preparing medicinal herbs

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Get together to learn how to make a selection of home herbal remedies using fresh spring plants we can find ultra-locally in the Cemetery Park and around Tower Hamlets. With herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad, you will gather plants and prepare them into simple oils, balms and other medicinal preparations that you can use for ailments in the home. Learn some new skills to put into practice yourselves, find out what healthful actions our native plants offer and take home your creations…

Floral Flotilla

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Calling anybody who has access to a river craft – from paddle boards to paddle steamers – to decorate their craft with a horticultural theme – flowers/fruit/vegetables……. anything goes even swimming! It does not need to mean spending a lot on formal displays, unless of course you want to. The flotilla will muster at Mill Meadows in Henley on Thames from 11am and will then parade up and downstream before re-mooring for lunch. There is no entry fee to the…

Arboreata Streeta

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until May 17, 2015
A community led art installation as part of the South bank Bristol Arts Trail – a celebration of trees in the city. Part of the South Bank Bristol Arts Trail and the Blooming Bedminster growing community festival, find out more here

Hoopy and Happy with Hahahopscotch

May 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
16th May 2015, 11.30am-12.15pm £5 per child ( entry to the gardens is additionally payable at the National Trust office at £3 per child and £6.50 per adult) 4-12 years old (or the younger at heart) Parents to stay please Booking recommended at www.eventbrite.co.uk Long before scooters or space hoppers, hoops were de rigueur entertainment for parks and gardens. Children raced alongside, hitting them with a stick to keep them rolling. Inspired by an antique photograph of young friends dressed…

Horticultural Clapton Walk

May 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Explore Clapton’s horticultural past and present in these fascinating tours led by Julia Lafferty from the Hackney Society. The purpose of this walk is to explore Clapton’s horticultural heritage, beginning at the beautifully landscaped parkland of Springfield Park and ending at the twenty-first century garden attraction recently opened at Sutton House. In partnership with Discover Hackney Both tours are free, but places must be booked in advance please visit  here, or e-mail bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk

Luckwell Park Community Day

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A community fun day including the community hanging basket project. This event is organised by the Luckwell Park Improvement Project. When: Saturday 16 May, 12noon – 4pm Where: Luckwell park,  Luckwell Road, Bedminster Who: Luckwell Park Improvement Projects (LIMP) Find out more: LIMP – Search on Facebook for Luckwell improvement project

Wildlife Gardening Workshop

May 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
This wildlife workshop, led by Froglife, will offer an in-depth discussion, tips and practical skills, on how to make urban gardens and parks attractive for all sorts of wildlife, especially amphibians and reptiles. The increasing fragmentation and degradation of habitat available for wildlife in London has led to a reduction in our Capital’s biodiversity. Gardens and parks provide a much needed way for reptiles and amphibians and other wildlife to move around, and they also help to link up habitats.…

Drawing Squares of Georgian London

May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Every day until May 17, 2015
Drawing Squares of Georgian London: A close, and unusual, look at three of Bloomsbury’s squares and gardens. This event takes place twice during the 2015 Chelsea Fringe, May 16, from 2:00 to 5:00 and May 17th, 2:00 to 5:00 Led by two specialists (a painter and a historian), this three hour workshop will offer an unusual twofold approach to looking at, thinking about, and using urban parks and gardens. We will meet in Bedford Square Gardens, (not normally open to…

Exploring Arcadian Thames: A walk from Twickenham to Richmond

May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
2.00pm Saturday 16th May Led by Chris Sumner, Garden Historian, and Sally Williams, Keeper of the Inventory, London Parks and Gardens Trust, the walk will begin at York House, Twickenham and continue via the riverside gardens of York House to the riverside walk to the Orleans House Gallery and James Gibbs Octagon then through woodland to Orleans Road and cross into Marble Hill Park. Look at ‘Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow’ model allotments in north east of the park, then walk down past east…

Gardeners’ Question Time

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
As part of the Vauxhall Missing Link and the award winning relocation of Hugo Bugg’s 2014 Chelsea gold medal winning garden, Vauxhall One have successfully brought Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time to Vauxhall. It will be recorded at The Tea House Theatre on Vauxhall Walk SE11 5HL on Sunday the 17th of May between 1-4pm. Please book your tickets early as they will sell out quickly. Gardeners’ Question Time has answered well over 30,000 questions since its inception in 1947. The panel…

Wild Food Guided Walk

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Ken, Cemetery Park Manager, for a guided walk of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. You will be able to discover the beauty of seasonal, wild produce and discuss recipe ideas. As we walk, we will nibble leaves, berries and roots, collect wild leaves for you to take home, and we’ll infuse plants in hot water to produce wild tea. Free. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

‘Do we need thinkingardens?’ The Supper Debate

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
As part of the Chelsea Fringe Thinkingardens is having a supper debate. It’s the ten year anniversary of the online magazine and the question to contemplate is ‘Do we still need thinkingardens? and if we do, what for?’ Anne takes the view that most of what is written about gardens is utter tosh, and loves nothing more than stirring things up a bit, so expect a feisty debate. It all takes place over a convivial meal at Soho’s famous (or…

Dartmouth Park Talks – It’s all about the soil

May 18 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Soil is the life-blood of our gardens and UK agriculture: The source of nutrients and minerals that allow our plants and food systems to thrive: One of our most precious resources surely? So why can us local gardeners oft be heard claiming to struggle against our soil? New UN research claims that as a result of intensive, monoculture agricultural systems and overgrazing, we only have 60 years of farming left. While we must protest at the way agribusiness treats this precious…

Espacio Gallery ‘GERMINATION’

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sunday 31st finishes at 5pm
159 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG    May 19th-31st 2015   1-7pm daily.  (May 31st finishes at 5pm) ‘All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today…..’   Paintings, original prints, drawings, sculpture & assemblages. Espacio’s 3rd Fringe exhibition showing 18 artists’ diverse and exciting interpretations of the natural world.

Pick up a Stitch at the Inner Temple Garden

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week on Tuesday until June 7, 2015
Pick up a Stitch at the award winning Inner Temple Garden involves Tuesday evening pop-up knitting clubs and garden open day on Sunday 7th June. Our project celebrates the abundance of vibrant colour in the garden by collaborating with our visitors in a pop-up knitting club to create colourful woollen decorations for our trees and statutes; everything from pom-poms to knitted cosies. This will be family friendly fun open to all ages and abilities with experts on hand to teach…

Special Almshouse Tours

May 20
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20 and 26 May; 3 and 6 June
The restored almshouse has been taken back to its original condition, offering a glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in former times. During the Chelsea Fringe Festival our almshouse tours will include an introduction to the gardens: 20 and 26 May, 3 and 6 June at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Adults £3, Friends, disabled visitors and children under 16 free. Places are limited: first-come, first-served

‘Floristry Talk’

May 20 @ 11:00 am
Jen Stuart Smith of ‘Blooming Green’ will talk about growing flowers for picking with tips for making the most of cut flowers.

The Healing Gardeners

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gardening is good for everyone.  Being outside and and in nature helps us – mind, body and soul. The Healing Gardeners are local complementary therapists who also love plants and gardens. We’re offering a taste of relaxing healing and (if the weather is good) a cup of tea in a pretty garden.

Hugo Bugg Garden Parties

May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Every week on Friday until June 5, 2015
This Chelsea Fringe, Vauxhall is celebrating becoming home to the Chelsea Gold winning garden by Hugo Bugg. In 2014 Hugo became the youngest ever winner of the Chelsea gold medal for his incredible waterscape garden which cleverly reuses rainwater to reduce the risk of flooding. Not only is this garden clever but it is also beautiful, and will now become the star attraction of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Vauxhall One Business Improvement District as part of Chelsea Fringe festival 2015…

Bat Walk

May 22 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Learn about these fascinating creatures of the night sky. Ken, Cemetery Park Manager (and bat enthusiast!), will guide you through the park to look out for our furry friends. We supply bat detectors to help you identify the species that are swooping around and to listen to them ‘chattering’ as they hunt for food. Please bring a torch with you if you can and remember to wrap up warm. Open to all.

Summer Shrub and Tree ID

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
We will explore the Cemetery Park, looking at a wide range of trees and shrubs and learning how to recognize them during summer. We will look at features such a leaves, fruit, flowers and bark which can be used to identify the more common species. Who should attend? This course will be suitable for those wishing to improve their tree identification skills, but anyone with an interest is welcome.

Babylon Plants and Flowers Open Day

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Babylon Plants wholesale nursery which is usually open to trade is opening to the public as part of the Chelsea Fringe event. Members of the public will have the unique opportunity to browse the nursery stock, peruse the cut flower beds, walk through the wild flower meadow, buy plants at wholesale prices and eat homemade cake, tea and lemonade – served by are very own flower fairies. We are a wholesale nursery supplying garden designers and landscapers which was established…

The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The irreverent poet Mark Fiddes reads from his Templar Pamphlet – available at The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre,  alongside fellow Templar Poets – Jane Weir, author of ‘Poppies’, Walking the Block and other pamphlets and collections and Chris James, author of England Underwater, The Fool and winner of numerous poetry awards including the National Poetry Competition. … a taste … the opening stanza from… The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre The butterflies get in for free, like the Queen, ex officio.…

Give Me Shelter: Half Term Activities

May 26
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10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm
Explore different types of shelters in the past and present day, including garden homes in celebration of Chelsea Fringe. Make nest hats, Victorian paper dolls, animal homes and more. Activities are suitable for 2-16 year olds. 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm Activities are free, workshop places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before activities take place. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult  

‘Growing and Caring for Sweet Peas’ a Talk

May 27 @ 11:00 am
A talk by Philip Johnson - of Johnson’s Sweet Peas

Patchwork Community Gardening Group – monthly gardening session

May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Patchwork Community Gardening Group meet every month for a gardening session to help transform and maintain abandoned patches of land across Bedminster, Bristol. Part of the Blooming Bedminster growing community festival, find out more When: Thursday 28 May, 6.30pm Where: To be confirmed, check Facebook for details Who: Patchwork Community Gardening Group Find out more: Search on Facebook for Patchwork Gardening Group

Cross Pollination at the Fringe

May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Every day until June 2, 2015
We are three recent/current garden artists in residence based in Kent – Anne Kelly was artist in residence at Sussex Prairies Garden in 2014, Rosie MacCurrach was at Great Dixter garden in 2014 and Louise Pettifer is the current artist in residence at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. We are displaying our work in drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles at the Shed Studio and organising garden art and craft activities and demonstrations alongside the event.

4 P’s in our Garden

May 30
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Every day until May 31, 2015
Garden Photography competition- winners weekend Poetry inspired by the garden & a poetry wishing tree Planting a Bag for Life as a doorstep herb garden People focussed walks and workshops More information about workshops, competitions, times and tickets  here on Facebook – Drum Castle and Garden

Felted birds and pods

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Come and make a needlefelted bird or wet felted bird pod with textile artists Women of the Cloth. The pods are made using the wet felting technique, where you lay fleece around a resist and felt it by rubbing and rolling with soap and water. The birds are made by needlefelting, where you work the fibres together with a barbed needle to make a sculpted shape. Age 8+. Cost £5 for materials. Please book in advance by emailing info@slbi.org.uk

Horticultural Hackney Walk

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Explore Hoxton’s horticultural past and present led by local historian Margaret Willes from the Hackney Society. Follow in the footsteps of gardeners and nurserymen to trace the horticultural history of Shoreditch and Hoxton from the Tudor period to the present. The tour is free but places must be booked in advance, please visit here, or e-mail bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk  

Babylon Plants and Flowers Open Day with Floral Installation inspired by Matisse

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Babylon Plants wholesale nursery which is usually open to trade is opening to the public as part of the Chelsea Fringe event. Members of the public will have the unique opportunity to browse the nursery stock, peruse the cut flower beds, walk through the wild flower meadow, buy plants at wholesale prices and eat homemade cake, tea and lemonade – served by are very own flower fairies. We are a wholesale nursery supplying garden designers and landscapers which was established…

Plant Cemetery

June 1
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Alys Fowler writes: “We at the Idler Academy propose a make a temporary cemetery for all our lost loves, for our regrets and deepest sorrows, for the houseplants we tried to love but failed. “We have all loved a houseplant at some point. Some of these relationships have been long and fulfilling, across generations even, some have been short flings, some we tried to make last, but failed, and some we wished had ended sooner. “We want to give a…

Oh Beehive !

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Also 3 - 7 June - Closed on 2nd June
Oh Beehive ! Feel the buzz and make a bee line for Sussex Prairies this first week of June when we shall be celebrating our love of bees ! Pollenicious baby ! Austin Flowers will be creating a buzz in the largest beehive in Sussex and you can follow the bee trail of bee factoids to the Queen Honey Cake Tower   ! We shall also be joined by local beekeepers and a local blacksmith and green woodworker making bee related…

Southville Garden Club Talk

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This month’s talk will be led by Martin from ‘Go Foraging’ he will be giving an insight into free food and how much is available, provided you know what you are looking for and take care over what you eat. This meeting is open to all, non-members £3.50. Free to Southville Gardening Club members (membership is £25 per year). Part of the Blooming Bedminster growing community festival, find out more

Special Almshouse Tours

June 3
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20 and 26 May; 3 and 6 June
The restored almshouse has been taken back to its original condition, offering a glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in former times. During the Chelsea Fringe Festival our almshouse tours will include an introduction to the gardens: 20 and 26 May, 3 and 6 June at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Adults £3, Friends, disabled visitors and children under 16 free. Places are limited: first-come, first-served

Talk on ‘Plants for Difficult Places’

June 3 @ 11:00 am
Talk by Quentin Stark, Head Gardener at www.holepark.com on ‘Plants for Difficult Places’.

Oh Beehive !

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Also 1st June - Closed on 2nd June
Oh Beehive ! Feel the buzz and make a bee line for Sussex Prairies this first week of June when we shall be celebrating our love of bees ! Pollenicious baby ! Austin Flowers will be creating a buzz in the largest beehive in Sussex and you can follow the bee trail of bee factoids to the Queen Honey Cake Tower   ! We shall also be joined by local beekeepers and a local blacksmith and green woodworker making bee related…

My Favourite Year

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Are British gardens better than they ever were, or was there a golden age of great gardens that we can only fantasise about? Three writers choose a year when they think British gardens were at their best. Tania Compton argues for the here and now; George Plumptre conjures up the splendours of 1927, when the nation’s most handsome gardens open for the first time for the Yellow Book, and Tim Richardson takes us to 1740, when giants such as William…

An Evening of Floral Couture and Cocktails

June 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Floral Circus invite you to an evening of alternative floristry. Jo Wise will create a fresh flower dress inspired by a Matisse painting. This piece of floral couture will be created using local flowers and foliage gathered from nearby gardens. There will also be a guest mixologist creating fresh flower cocktails. Floral Circus promises a few surprises along the way that will be sure to dazzle and delight. 3rd June 7.30pm to 10 pm Floral Circus West Barn Oakley Wood…

The SPAB’s Shadow Garden

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ Shadow Garden For the second year the SPAB’s courtyard garden will be taking part in the Chelsea Fringe. An oasis in bustling Spitalfields, our charming shaded courtyard will be open to visitors on Saturday 6 June. The SPAB headquarters at No 37 Spital Square was built in 1740, when the silk trade was at its peak. On the day you can learn more about the gardening ‘crazes’ of the 1740s, 1840s and…

Fun on the Roof! Family Day at the Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Games, strawberry-picking, story-telling, face-painting, food, music and art activities all on a roof! Come celebrate the summertime at the Doddington & Rollo Community Roof Garden’s annual family day starting from 11am, with food at 1pm and performances from 2pm. All Welcome and it’s totally free. Our beautiful roof top garden is at the heart of the Doddington & Rollo estate, a five-minute walk from Queenstown Road or Battersea Park Station. You will find us across the square behind Battersea Park Road Tesco. The…

Blooming Gardens

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Take a step through the garden gate at Walmer Castle as the borders come to life for the summer. With something for families, kids and keen gardeners alike, this weekend explores the wonders of the Great British garden. In connection with the 2015 Chelsea Fringe, come and see Walmer’s gardens and take part in the garden talks and tours from our experts. Find something different from the plant traders’ stalls for your own pots or borders. Taste local produce and…

Summer Fair in Tower Hamlets

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fun for all An annual celebration of woodland crafts and local heritage Try your hand at some traditional woodland crafts such as basket weaving, take a rickshaw ride, have your face painted, learn more about the history of the area, indulge in the tea and cake stall run by the East End WI …and much more A free event Watch us on the BBC!

Culpepers Herbal Remedy

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Margaret Willes for a fascinating talk about herbalist, botanist and radical apothecary Nicholas Culpeper, then create your own historic remedies and natural cosmetics. As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival and Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival Tickets must be booked in advance, please visit here, or e-mail bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk

Hidden Garden Art Show

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
You are invited to discover a professionally curated exhibition of outdoor artworks in a lushly planted private garden not normally open to the public. The green oasis hidden in a central London suburb houses the smallest outdoor sculpture gallery in the UK, showing especially commissioned works by some of the finest artists working in the UK. We hope to inspire you to see how plants and artworks can work together and how the smallest terrace or largest landscape can be enhanced with a…

Pick up a Stitch at the Inner Temple Garden

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pick up a Stitch at the award winning Inner Temple Garden involves Tuesday evening pop-up knitting clubs and garden open day on Sunday 7th June. Our project celebrates the abundance of vibrant colour in the garden by collaborating with our visitors in a pop-up knitting club to create colourful woollen decorations for our trees and statutes; everything from pom-poms to knitted cosies. This will be family friendly fun open to all ages and abilities with experts on hand to teach…

Gardens Family Festival

June 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for a day of family events and quirky workshops inspired by the Horniman Gardens: listen to live performances by the London Vegetable Orchestra, go on a tour of the Horniman Gardens sundials, enjoy some garden storytelling, or learn how to create a seed bomb, a carrot recorder or how to make your own miniature garden.
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