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Deliciously Ella Garden

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until June 4, 2017

In partnership with internationally recognised cookbook author Deliciously Ella, Exchange Square at Broadgate will be transformed into a picturesque British market garden. At the first ever Deliciously Ella pop-up garden, visitors will be able to pick their own seasonal produce, including fresh herbs, edible flowers and vegetables that reflect the Deliciously Ella food philosophy of ‘honest, simple and natural ingredients’. Ella Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella says: “I am delighted to be a part of Urban Eden at Broadgate this year and…

Inside Out

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Daily until June 4, 2017

You’ve heard of  miniature ‘ships in a bottle’, but what about miniature ‘gardens in a shed'?  This year, the gardeners are turning their world ‘inside out’ and reinventing the garden shed with Leeds Castle Gardens on the inside and the tools of their trade on the outside. When visitors peak through the entrance of the shed, among other things they'll see a mini replica of the spiralling maze, the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden and the Culpeper Garden, a classic English…

Growing edibles in six inches of soil

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Workshops 21st May and 4th June other days by appointment

Wendy Shillam’s roof top plot will be of interest to anyone wanting to grow edibles in an urban location.  Situated five floors up in London W1 and five minutes from Oxford Circus, this unlikely garden makes use of raised beds with only six inches of soil.  Wendy grows herbs and salad crops organically. There is a tiny greenhouse full of tomatoes and cucumbers. An elder bush, roses and Japanese wineberries protect the beds from high winds. A grapevine flowers and…

Cirencester’s Daisy-chain trail

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Join Cirencester’s Daisy-chain trail, created to guide visitors through a fantastic range of activities when the Chelsea Fringe comes to Cirencester, known locally as the capital of the Cotswolds. The trail, designed by community radio station Corinium Radio, celebrates all the local community gardens tended by green-fingered volunteers around the traditional tourist market town, highlighting a range of events being planned during the Fringe celebrations from the 20th of May to the 4th June. Start your trail on Saturday 20th…

Lotions and Potions

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Make your own sweet-smelling herbal concoctions including hand lotion, shampoo and soap. Book your tickets here

Bee Beautiful at King Henry’s Walk

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

KHWG is home to thousands of honey bees. As well as being busy making delicious honey for your toast they make beeswax for your lips and propolis (collected tree sap) for your skin. Come and spend a relaxed 1.5 hours making a bees-wax lip balm and a wonderful propolis face serum to keep your skin soft and very tasty! You will go home with 4 pots of lip balm and 2 of serum. £15 fee (concession £7.50) Fee includes all materials and…

Evening Wildflower Walk

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The second of a series of botanical walks in the cemetery park, looking in depth at selected wildflowers now in season, exploring the plant itself, its ecology and its human connections – to literature, folklore, medicine, food and drink and crafts. This session we will concentrate on Red Campion, Germander Speedwell, Goosegrass, Comfrey, Columbine, Ox Eye Daisy, Crosswort and Dog’s Mercury. We will also look at other flowers more briefly. Walk leader Terry Lyle is a botanist who has over…

Living Medicine: An Introduction to Self Care with Food & Herbs

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Unlock the healing potential of your kitchen or garden with a taster of our award-winning 5-part course! Understanding how to use wild and cultivated plants and foods safely to support our health and treat common ailments is transformative. You’ll discover how the body functions, which foods and herbs support it, plant family identification and therapeutic actions. The taster will cover Basics of Food & Herbs in self care, a herb garden walk, your own health/diet assessment and making breakfasts-for-resilience. In the hands-on…

Living Medicine: An Introduction to Self Care with Food & Herbs

May 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Unlock the healing potential of your kitchen or garden with a taster of our award-winning 5-part course! Understanding how to use wild and cultivated plants and foods safely to support our health and treat common ailments is transformative. You’ll discover how the body functions, which foods and herbs support it, plant family identification and therapeutic actions. The taster will cover Basics of Food & Herbs in self care, a herb garden walk, your own health/diet assessment and making breakfasts-for-resilience. In the hands-on…

Gardens and Health in the City

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The garden of the British Medical Association is on the site of Charles Dickens' original house and will be the setting for an afternoon of lectures and discussions on how gardens, plant medicines and urban landscape can contribute to the health and wellbeing of patients and communities. First event is at 3pm Meet, Eat and Learn - Leafy medicinal Plants, an interactive discussion with Prof Michael Heinrich , Paul Pulford , Simon Gharty and Valentina Alfano Second event…

After Work Foragers

May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Leave the cares of the office behind and come into the cool and shade of the woodland in search of something for the dinner table. You'll learn sustainable harvesting techniques and basic plant identification. Nibble leaves, flowers and roots - then take some home to turn into your own wild creations. Booking essential here Like our Facebook page; Follow us on Twitter; Follow us on Instagram

Borough Market – Find and Feast

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Ceri Buckmaster on a wild food walk around Southwark and discover how to identify seasonal plants and flowers in some unexpected locations, then finish the morning at the demonstration kitchen in Borough Market and learn how to cook delicious recipes using them with Celia Brooks. Ceri has been leading walks in London’s green spaces since 2008, shining a spotlight on wild food as the new street food, inspired by the wild plants that grow in urban areas, as well…

Campfire Tree Safari

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rangers Dan and Sarah invite you to join them for proper coffee round the campfire and an urban tree safari. You’ll gain skills in identifying common broadleaved trees while learning about how we take care of them on this idyllic woodland ramble. This event is perfect for beginners, those wanting to brush up on their tree ID skills, or just enjoy this hidden oasis at its dappled and shady best. Suitable for ages 14+, under 16’s must be accompanied by…

Botanical Textiles

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Morley College Garden is a little green oasis of tranquillity, just minutes’ walk from busy Waterloo Station. The Morley textile tutors are opening our secret garden especially for the Chelsea Fringe to give you a taste of the wide range of textile courses we offer, using natural materials from our own flowerbeds. We will use natural dyes from the new dye garden to dye fabric and make felt flowers, and also create handmade paper and woven basketry flowers using plant…

Bees and Tea

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of keeping bees with urban beekeepers Barnes & Webb, visit the Geffrye hives, then enjoy a honey-based afternoon tea in the cafe overlooking the beautiful period gardens. Book your tickets here

Edible Trees – Foraging in the Woods

May 28 @ 1:30 am - 4:30 pm

Take foraging up a notch with a tree-centric hunt for wild food. As you walk through this hidden woodland, you'll learn sustainable harvesting techniques and basic plant identification. Nibble leaves, flowers and roots - then take some home to turn into your own wild salad. Booking essential here Like our Facebook page; Follow us on Twitter; Follow us on Instagram

Fenton’s Big Picnic

May 29 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the English garden this May Bank Holiday Monday. Bring a picnic and while away some time in Fenton's beguiling walled garden and 300 year-old orchard. Lie on the lawn or find a secluded corner and relax, wine in hand, amongst the flowers. Simple, delicious refreshments, wine by the glass, traditional garden games like croquet, and acoustic music to dream away to. Only a 5 minute walk from historic Hampstead village and Hampstead Heath. Open to visitors 11am to 5pm. Last…

Garden Gong Bath at St. Katharine’s, Parmoor, Henley-on-Thames

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

St Katharine's is a small oasis in a busy world. Come and lie down and do nothing for an hour and wash away the stresses of the week. Next to one of the oldest and largest Cedar of Lebanon trees in the country, in the peaceful garden at St. Katharine's - the sound waves from multiple gongs will wash over you and stimulate feelings of peace, relaxation and well being. The gongs slow the brainwaves down and help you to…

25 Years in Dry, Dappled Shade

May 31 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

An entertaining first time opportunity to hear BBC Radio London and The Robert Elms Show’s resident gardening expert, St John Stephen, talking in person about what he has learnt after a quarter of a century as a gardener in London: its challenges, joys and its unique physical and human environment. A Chelsea Fringe stalwart, St John will cover the geology of the London basin and its particular climate, the nature of the built environment and the almost endless microclimates that…

Behind the wall of New Covent Garden Flower Market

June 2 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
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Daily until June 3, 2017

Join us on one of two free tours going behind the wall of our brand new Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market. The UK’s largest wholesale flower market, we’re a bright, modern space packed full of sensational flowers, plants, foliage and sundries. Come and discover the history and workings of the market behind every great florist. When: We’re running two tours, one on Friday 2 June and one on Saturday 3 June. Tours start at 7am and last for…

Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way uses gardening methods to help people grow their own happiness. Based on Alan’s forthcoming book, this workshop will show you how gardening skills like composting or companion planting can help you to cultivate your own wellbeing, with Chelsea Physic Garden as our learning model. You can see more here at natural happiness After a short introduction, we will spend 30-40 minutes in the Garden, guided by Alan Heeks and Michael Holland, showing the Gardener’s…

Folk & Flowers

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Folk & Flowers An evening of folk music specially compiled to complement the Fringe - to celebrate gardens, landscape and nature. The music will range from the traditional to the contemporary, the serious to hilarious - and show how nature is central to folk. The event is a collaboration between an ensemble of folk singers & musicians who have come together especially for this evening With special guests: Hazel Askew & Carol Anderson And featuring Marie McCormack, Dave Clare, John…

Really Get To Know Your Wild Plants

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Third of a series of days held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the summer, looking at wild plants, including trees and shrubs. We will identify plants, get to know their ecology, examine their structure and how they fit into their plant family, their pollination and other wildlife values, and their connections to human culture. Each event stands alone, but also builds on previous ones. Suitable for beginners, and more experienced participants will be given extra challenges. Each…

The Edible Bus Stop: Thinking Inside the Box – Tiny Parks at St James’s Park Tube Station

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Chelsea Fringe calls for events that think outside the box. This year we've turned that on its head and thought about what's inside the box? It's not often you see a tiny tropical garden in a former ticket office window at a London tube station, or in fact ever, up until now. But then, we at the Edible Bus Stop Studio do love coming up with a first. Biophilia and green infrastructure need know no boundaries as far as we're concerned. So if discovering…

Bat Walk

June 3 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Join us for cocoa by our camp fire and then a guided walk through the woodland with bat detectors to listen out for our furry friends. The bat detectors help you identify the species that are swooping around and to listen to them ‘chattering’ as they hunt for food. Suitable for all ages - under 16s are free. This is an after dark event - each two children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Event leader: Kenneth Greenway…

Natural Beeswax Cosmetics and Candles

June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn how to make a range of home made natural and skin nourishing hand-cremes, lip balms, soaps and furniture polish using plant and vegetable oils with beeswax. Participants will also learn how to make simple candles. All materials are provided and you'll leave with some beautiful products to take home. Mark Patterson is a beekeeper, bee inspector for DEFRA and a leading beekeeping and bee conservation educator through his company Apicultural. Booking essential here Like our Facebook page; Follow us…

Poison in the Wood – Deadly Plants

June 4 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Guided walk to learn about the beautiful but deadly flora living in this idyllic urban woodland oasis hidden away in Mile End. Your guide Ken Greenway is a keen forager, so knowing some plants to avoid can help sharpen your wild food hunting skills, or just join us for his fascinating stories. Booking essential here Like our Facebook page; Follow us on Twitter; Follow us on Instagram

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