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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.

BEST of BOST – Free Map of Green and Edible Bankside

May 16
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Download our free map and get active exploring a wealth of hidden, beautiful and fascinating gardens, built and managed by environmental charity Bankside Open Spaces Trust. Stroll through the very heart of London and discover our Edible Bankside Projects – a collection of food growing sites – plus other community managed spaces and public parks. Set against the world-famous backdrop of London’s Bankside area.

Wildflower Bee Hotel

May 16
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Wild Flag Studios in collaboration with Friends of Turnham Green have created the Wildflower Bee Hotel – a sculptural habitat for bees to be installed in Turnham Green’s Wildflower Meadows for the duration of this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival. Working in partnership with local bee experts, this habitable art installation is intended to attract both solitary bees and bumble bees which nest above ground in stems, holes and trees. The sculpture serves to both house and protect the bees, and…


May 16
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Every day until June 7, 2015
FLOATING GARDEN intends to raise public awareness of the fact that underwater vegetation and wildlife in urban water bodies and rivers is becoming scarce. An archipelago of small floating islands will create a new imaginative ecosystem. Floating wetlands  will activate the lake for new wildlife: improving water quality, providing benefits including: food and shelter for fish, frogs, and invertebrates; shading which reduces water temperatures and submerged weed growth; habitat for butterflies and birds. Project: landscape architects Michela Pasquali and Sara Di Costanzo, artist Veronica Montanino

Behind the Wall

May 16 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
As part of Chelsea Fringe 2015, New Covent Garden Flower Market are offering a tour to show what is ‘Behind the Wall’ of the Market. You will get to see the place that inspires London’s florists and learn about the history of the UK’s largest Wholesale Flower Market. When: There is one tour available, on Saturday 16th May 2015 from 7am – 8.30am. There are only 20 places available on the tour so book now to avoid disappointment. Where: New…

Shed Chic

May 16 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour explores the connection between design and horticulture with the ultimate garden shed, specially commissioned for the Chelsea Fringe. With vibrant on-trend patchwork, trailing flowers and leaves made from the latest fabrics and wallpapers, the fun pop-up showcases brilliant colourways from some of the most important names in the industry. Engaging and upbeat, visitors can delight in a new take on all things ‘shed chic’ and are encouraged to discover the latest products inspired by the great…

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…

BEST of BOST – Minibeast Motels

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A free family drop-in workshop, learning how to making bug hotels, helping to support biodiversity in local green spaces.  Discover which bugs are helpful in the garden and how to identify them. Take home your own creation at the end of the session. Held in our flagship Diversity Garden. Free, all welcome.  

Stories of Stockwell

May 16 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Oasis is one of London’s longest-standing and best-loved examples of horticultural people power. Residents began transforming a patch of derelict land in 1973. Now there are three separate spaces enriching the lives of local children; an adventure playground, a go-kart track and the original nature garden, which plays host to our Stories of Stockwell Festival. Come and join local residents, gardeners and artists as we celebrate the history of our community. The festival opens with a day-long family event. There…

Edible Askew Road Presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired by Eric Carle

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
For the 3rd year local environmental charity, Hammersmith Cmmunity Gardens Association have teamed up  with Askew Business Network to curate an Edible Askew Road with activities themed and inspired by the popular children’s book The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The event will feature activities on Starch Green, a treasure trail along the Askew Road and events in the lead up to and on the day at Askew Library. Local shops and businesses will be invited to participate offering food…

Happy Seeds Festival – Tomato Planting Extravaganza

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Happy Seeds Festival – Tomato Planting Extravaganza, sponsored by Dig This Nursery and Garden Centre in New Cross, is a festival for all ages to celebrate and learn about tomato planting. Nearly 100 varieties of tomato plants will be available for sale and planting. Local school children will also be selling tomato seedlings grown at their school gardens. Tomato gardening experts and helpers will be available to share gardening tips. Wooden planting boxes for the tomatoes will be built…

FREE Exhibition: Garden State

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Coinciding with this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and London Festival of Architecture, The Mosaic Rooms are pleased to present a free photography exhibition Garden State by Corinne Silva. Offering an unexpected view on gardening, the show comprises photographic and sound installations exploring Israel’s suburban gardens, parks and public places. Silva encourages visitors to view gardening not simply as the act of nurturing a plot of land, but as something potentially far more sinister: a tool used in aggressive state expansion, territory marking and occupation. Throughout history, occupying…

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 £2 per person) 4-12 years old (or the younger at heart) Parents to stay please Booking recommended at 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 all in white – so practical – …

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

Discover the Poetry Path at King Henry’s Walk Garden

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Every day until May 17, 2015
We’re looking at how poetry has been inspired by nature.  As you walk round our award winning garden (three times London’s best community garden in London in Bloom) you will see how the abundance of flowers, fruit, vegetables, insects and trees has inspired poets old and new.

Dig, Eat and Dye

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A family fun day to celebrate the expansion of the WETRA (Wilton Estate Tenants & Residents Ass.) Garden and to showcase what can be achieved in a small inner city housing estate. Community growing plots, next to wildflower meadow, with allotment beds, herb garden and individual gardens. There will be fun activities to include Natural Dyeing, Grow A Ball of String with Cordwainers Grow, food from Morningside Cafe, Drum circle, Bouncy Castle with HDCS and many more activities as well…

Are You Coming to Strawberry Fayre?

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Come and visit our award winning school garden. Open for just one day. Take a walk round the orchard, enjoy a strawberry cream tea or a glass of Pimms. Say hello to the chickens and make a mini scarecrow to take home. Strawberry plants for sale.  

Floral Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum

May 16 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
From 16 May to 7 June 2015, join us for a very special Floral Afternoon Tea with orange blossom scones, delicate rose scented macaroons and strawberry tartlets with lavender jam to name but a few of the delicacies on offer.  Available daily at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm.

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…

Cycle – Flower – Power

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come and celebrate with a group of cyclists who have cycled from Manchester to Bethnal Green to promote urban wild planting and sustainability. There will be wonderful food and drink provided by the The Pillbox Kitchen,  urban bee-keeping and wild flower planting talks, chatting and seeds all mixed together in a special cocktail of sustainability! We will be bringing bespoke seed packets, including edible plants, that have been curated for this journey as well as Bee Raphaelite Manchester Honey from…

postcard gardens

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
postcard gardens is an exhibition of artists’ postcards and exploratory text, curated around the theme of gardens. Taken from postcardwall’s ‘year of the postcard’ collection of 365 postcards, each card has been chosen for its artwork’s relationship to all things green, delving into artists’ longstanding exploration of landscape and nature for Chelsea Fringe. The postcards come from a range of established institutions to relatively unknown artists or galleries, so make an intriguing display of miniature artworks from across time, each…

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.

Fete, Felting and Film

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The South London Botanical Institute will be holding a Fete showing off some of its rarer specimens from the herbarium and the library as well as opening the historical house and botanical garden, with our Garden Café serving teas and botanical ice creams, you also have a chance to see our beautiful new wallpaper designed by a young local artist based on our herbarium and garden plants.  Books, plants and seeds for sale.   Free Women of the Cloth will be holding…

‘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…

‘Taking a Turn': mental health history of hospital gardens

May 18
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Every day until June 5, 2015
‘Taking a Turn’ explores the mental health history of hospital gardens from 1800 to contemporary times, using historical archives as well as historical and contemporary patient narratives in a garden installation. The installation is at Exchange Square, the original site of Bedlam – Bethlem Royal hospital – the world’s oldest psychiatric hospital. ‘Taking a Turn’ brings together medicine, history and horticulture in a fresh approach about a little-known medical history. This history has become a seedbed for the contemporary movement…

A Celebration of the ROSE

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Every day until May 23, 2015
Neill Strain Floral Couture, one of London’s leading florists, is celebrating the ROSE with an extraordinary display of old, new and rare varieties, some of which have never been seen in the U.K.   At the Belgravia store, The Flower Lounge, discover the history of the Rose and many of its secrets.  Learn the techniques of the breeders who continue to create new varieties, more beautiful and unusual than ever before and enjoy Neill’s theatrical floral designs showcasing his magnificent…

the Garden of Disorientation Volume 2

May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
the garden of disorientation is back ! We will unseal a shipping container for you to explore our horticultural installation. Inside you will discover the dark, edgy, sub-soil world of roots and bulbs, rewarding you with an explosion of petals and colour at the end of your adventure.

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…

the Garden of Disorientation Volume 2

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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12.00pm to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Inside a shipping container, a horticultural installation will let you discover the dark, edgy, sub-soil world of roots and bulbs, rewarding you with an explosion of petals and colour at the end of your adventure. Open 12.00pm to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm

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…

Composting with Sandworms: The Horticulture of Dune

May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for for an evening of science fiction, exobiology and not-of-this-earthworms, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s Dune with science, socks and snacks! Featuring: Marek Kukula – Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich – on plants and planets and fitting the two together Lauren O’Farrell – aka Deadly Knitshade – teaching you how to build your very own sock puppet Sandworm Books, drawings and giveaways courtesy of Dune’s publishers, Hodder & Stoughton and The Folio Society Cake…

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

BEST of BOST – Edible Bankside and Green Spaces Tour

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us for an informative early-evening stroll, exploring some of the many hidden, beautiful and fascinating parks & gardens built and managed by environmental charity Bankside Open Spaces Trust. Led by the charity’s Director, Helen Firminger, this promises to be a revealing insight into community managed green spaces, food growing in the very heart of the city, and set against the world-famous backdrop of London’s Bankside area.

Oasis outdoor cinema night

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every 2 weeks on Wednesday until June 3, 2015
Oasis is one of London’s longest-standing and best-loved examples of horticultural people power. Residents began transforming a patch of derelict land in 1973. Now there are three separate spaces enriching the lives of local children; an adventure playground, a go-kart track and the original nature garden, which plays host to our Stories of Stockwell Festival. In a rare evening opening, we are holding two outdoor cinema nights. Films will be confirmed closer to the date. This idyllic setting, of pond…

The garden of you… and the wishing tree

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Every week until June 4, 2015
An interactive piece of contemporary theatre. Nature and the garden offer brilliant metaphors for life and personal growth. The piece will explore the universal themes of change, growth and resilience through spoken word and movement. The audience will be taken on a journey through the Battersea Flower Station (a very long and magical site in the heart of London), meeting the inhabitants of the whimsical fantasy garden along the way. At the end of the journey they will be invited…

Climbing the Walls – How to Grow Your Own Living Wall

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Meet Daniel Bell, the man behind the impressive 22 metre high living wall at The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments on Piccadilly.  Join Daniel for botanically inspired cocktails and canapés, followed by a fun and informative hands-on session showing you how to grow your very own living wall.

Hortus non Conclusus (A Garden Exhibit Inspired by a Barbara Hepworth Textile Design)

May 22
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Every day until June 6, 2015
An interactive open garden exhibit inspired by a 1950’s Barbara Hepworth Textile Design, concept by Rosie Irving and designed by Rosie Irving and Antonia Young.  Come and marvel at the striking geometric shapes, cast limestone in shades of black and white, made by architectural stonework company, Haddonstone ltd.  Enjoy seating areas and planters containing texturally stimulating plants, bursting with life, free for all to enjoy. Located directly outside Vauxhall Tea House Theatre, there’s the chance to meet the makers and bag…

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.

The Sunshine Trail – Bringing Sunflowers to Lee and Hither Green

May 23
Come and join our sunshine trail of sunflowers in Lee and Hither Green – it’s free to take part in our community project to plant hundreds of sunflowers in our local area. Seeds and information leaflets will be distributed to schools and be available to pick up at local shops. Follow the instructions to germinate your sunflower seeds and then join us for Community Planting Days at Manor Park, Manor House Gardens and Lee Fair Shares in Leegate. More information…

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.

BEST of BOST – Dry Stone Wall Workshops

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Every day until May 24, 2015
This is a rare opportunity in the heart of London. Come along and learn the ancient landscaping technique of dry stone walling, while helping to build a brand new public garden. Taught by expert John Holt of the London School of Dry Stone Walling, you will learn the basic principles of how to choose, shape and lay stones, working as a group to create unique raised-beds which will later be planted up. The workshops take place on the historic site of Crossbones Graveyard, which the Friends of…

Oasis garden trail

May 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Every 2 weeks on Saturday until June 6, 2015
Oasis is one of London’s longest-standing and best-loved examples of horticultural people power. Residents began transforming a patch of derelict land in 1973. Now there are three separate spaces enriching the lives of local children; an adventure playground, a go-kart track and the original nature garden, which plays host to our Stories of Stockwell Festival. Come and follow our garden trails, through this secret paradise amid the concrete. See how the pond and veg patch, woods and meadow have inspired…

The Making of a Modern Park

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The story of the post-war creation of Burgess Park, told by some of the prime instigators. Come and join in the conversation with Joyce Bellamy, Dave Sadler and Robert Hadfield. The chat will be illustrated with images, maps, brochures and newsletters showing the development of the park from its WWII bomb site beginnings through the multi-million pound 2010 make-over to the present day. There’ll be light refreshments from the on-site cafe. This is a free Friends of Burgess Park Heritage Event (donations gratefully received).…

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.…

Grow your own salads

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
There is nothing better than the fresh crispy taste of home grown summer salads harvested just at the right time. If you would like to learn how to grow your own salads to eat this summer the come along to Vauxhall City Farm’s Grow your own Salads workshop. Price includes refreshments, plants to take home and grow and a resource pack to help you get growing.

Grow your own herbal teas

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Herbal teas are renowned for their beneficial properties and nothing is more rewarding than picking the leaves from your very own garden and infusing them for the freshest tasting tea. Come along to Vauxhall City Farm’s Grow your own herbal tea workshop and learn what delicious every day plants you can grow very easily to create some delicious healthy teas. Price includes refreshments, herbal tea tasting, plants to grow at home and a resource pack.

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  

Launch of plant eco-benches in London and Jerusalem

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until June 4, 2015
Built out of recycled materials, the bench’s growing section contains plants raised from seeds supplied by the Botanical Gardens in Jerusalem. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts how to build and adapt the bench to your own gardening needs and enjoy a question-and-answer session alongside afternoon tea in NW London.   If you can’t join us for the launch on 26 May between 1.00 and 3.00pm, you can see the bench between 10.00am-1.00pm  on 27 & 28 May and…

Grow your own edible garden!

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Every day until May 28, 2015
Vauxhall City Farm show you how to grow some tasty treats such as herbs, salads and edible flowers in even the smallest of space such as a windowsill or balcony. Learn what you can grow, how to look after it and plant some seeds to take home with you. Suitable for the whole family. Entry to the farm is free but suggested donations may apply to activities.

Seeds for cooks at Borough Market

May 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Borough Market’s gardener Veronica Perez Diaz and regular demonstration chef and allotmenteer, Celia Brooks host a special workshop in the Market Hall on planting and tending edible crops in an urban environment, with tips on transforming your harvest into delicious healthy dishes for all the family. Under Veronica’s expert guidance give your kitchen garden a kick start with a selection of free ethically produced herb and vegetable seeds to take home and plant up. Then, when Celia takes over in…

Foraging Walk with Forage London

May 28 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Come along for a wild food walk at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The walk will last about three hours, and will be led by the highly knowlegable John Rensten, of Forage London. We will explore the park, picking and eating various leaves, berries, flowers etc as we go along with lots of  new foods and drinks to try (made from different wild ingredients John has previously picked, cooked, fermented, pickled…). We will learn how to identifying plenty of edible plants…

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery: A Green Thought

May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In association with the Chelsea Fringe Festival, the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery will host an evening of flower-themed poetry readings, against the backdrop of Anne Middleton’s solo exhibition of floral paintings. Featured poets will include Edward Barker, as well as a selection of Australian writers to celebrate the Australia and New Zealand Writers’ Festival.

Folk and Flowers

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for an evening of folk music to celebrate gardens, landscape and nature. We’ve brought together an ensemble of singers and musicians especially for this event, featuring John Waterworth, Lucy Baxandall and Wendy Lanchin. With special guests Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters & Lady Maisery) and Stuart Forester & Carol Anderson. For tickets see here and venue details see Oxford House

Plantastic Gardens

May 30
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Three themed gardens – Anatomy of a Flower, Sunseekers and Planting for Pollinators – will ‘pop up’ at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, South London at the end of May 2015. Designed by Head of Horticulture Wes Shaw and his team, the pop-ups will use bespoke planting to explore the themes of the Horniman’s indoor Plantastic exhibition. Anatomy of a Flower is a 3m-diameter floral picture, to be created from 3,150 bedding plants in a vibrant red,…

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

Bee Drawing workshop in Burgess Park

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn about the bumblebees in your park and garden in this one day drawing workshop. The workshop will cover topics such as; An introduction to common bumblebee species Observing common species in the gardens and experiment with rapid sketching An outline of bee anatomy and the opportunity to see bees under a microscope Learn about Bee behaviour on plants so bees look natural in your drawings Learn basic drawing techniques for drawing bees This workshop is suitable for anyone interested…

Walk the Peckham Coal Line

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Peckham Coal Line – an initiative for an elevated urban park using high-level disused railway sidings to link Queens Road Peckham and Peckham Rye stations. Come and discover south London’s answer to the New York High Line at this exciting stage of its development. Map the 1km route, see the iconic views, uncover its history and contribute to this evolving grassroots project. The walk will start at the Bussey Building in Copeland Park – pedestrian entrance off Rye Lane…

International cultures and cuisines of The Calthorpe Project

May 30 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for a global garden party with a local feel to celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of the people who enjoy The Calthorpe Project. There will be delicious food and drinks from all over the world, along with international music and activities for all ages!

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  

portable orchard

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come and join us in the Portable Orchard, the courtyard of Pop Brixton, a new community campus for start-ups and small businesses.

Walk On The Wild Side at Gunnersbury

May 31 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Celebrate our wildlife and natural environment with a fun, family-friendly and free day out! A great chance to explore West London’s ‘hidden gem’ and see Gunnersbury Park in a new light… Activities include: performances, live music and workshops from Morris troupe The Belles of London City, create an installation for our Nature Trail with local arts group A.P.P.L.E and nature-themed storytelling from our resident Green Man! All free – no advance booking. All activities will take place on the lawn…

Crops in Pots

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Love to garden and grow your own food but haven’t got much space? Then come along to our adult workshop, Crops in Pots and let us show you how much tasty food you can grow in even a small space. Price includes sandwiches on arrival, refreshments during the course, plants to take and grow at home and a resource pack to help you look after your home grown food.

Foraging Walk

May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Take a wild food walk through Gillespie Park Nature Reserve with John Rensten; the Urban Forager, spotting edible and medicinal species on the way. The walk is suitable for adults and older children. To book phone 020 7527 4374 or email Priority will be given to those who book. In the event of over subscription we may divide the event into two hour-long walks.

Urban Wild Plant Safari: Bankside

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Take an informative ramble through the backstreets and narrow ways of Bankside, SE1 and along the South Embankment in the River of Flowers Central London, in search of overlooked and neglected urban herbs, which hide in plain sight.  You can find a hayfever remedy, a plant to stop the flow of a bleeding cut and one that even lowers blood pressure! Learn how to identify these with medical herbalist Marcos Patchett, who practices at Neals Yard, Covent Garden and Middlesex…

Olden Community Garden Party

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Enjoy this secluded, diverse, 2.5-acre garden to the accompaniment of some equally diverse live music. Olden Garden is a hidden gem, an oasis of green in urban Highbury but large enough to contain an acre of woodland, a small meadow, an orchard, a vegetable garden and a flower-fringed lawn all within a free-kick’s distance of the Emirates Stadium. For the third year the garden will be open to the public, for a small fee, as part of the Chelsea Fringe:…

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…

Bankside Urban Forest – greening the grey in the heart of London

June 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us for a week of activities celebrating and exploring the work of Bankside Urban Forest, an innovative public realm strategy and partnership for improving the streets and public spaces in the heart of Bankside. Our week will start with a lunchtime gardening session for local employees where we’ll transform Hopton Street SE1 by pimping the pavements with an array of wildlife friendly plants.

Burgess Park gets a Fringe with London Wildlife Trust

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
During Chelsea Fringe, a series of walks and talks will focus on wildlife in the park, the industrial and social heritage of Burgess Park and the Surrey Canal, and the diverse Gardens of Burgess Park – from floral to food. On Tuesday June 2nd, London Wildlife Trust will guide a walk through the wildlife areas in the park, highlighting the diversity of park life and the importance of conservation. This evening walk is suitable for all ages. Discover who’s flying…

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

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…

The Most Dangerous Garden For Cats And Dogs

June 5 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
To raise awareness of just how many everyday garden plants and flowers can be toxic to our beloved pets, insurer MORE TH>N is creating the world’s most dangerous garden for cats and dogs at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The garden will contain all manner of plants and flowers from British gardens that could be toxic to our furry friends. For obvious reasons, there are strictly no pets allowed in the garden at any time! Only humans allowed!

Vauxhall Gardens Remember’d

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Recital by Pawel Siwczak, harpsichord, of music by the most esteemed composers played at Vauxhall Gardens in the eighteenth century : Handel, Boyce, Arne, J.C.Bach, John Stanley and Joseph Haydn Tickets (including refreshments)  : From T.W.Cooper   02078340740 or  07910762286 or email

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…

Clapton park – the poppy estate

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Come and see how we work with John Little our Clapton park gardener to shape the green spaces on our estate to suit us; the people that live here! We now have Over 50 growing plots for residents Over 250 fruit trees and bushes open to all Loads of herb beds for all to use Community gardens and pocket park Our famous wild flower railings Many native trees and shrubs Green roofs and bee habitat Copies of our sustainable grounds…

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!

Music to Grow Your Garden By

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
A mixture of madrigals, part-songs and modern favourites to raise the spirits of all plants and gladden the hearts of their cultivators, overlooking the inspiring gardens at the Geffrye Museum – and perhaps elsewhere during the Chelsea Fringe… To see more about our Moving Chamber Choir, see our Facebook page

Wildflower Bee Hotel – Bee The Change

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wild Flag Studios and Friends of Turnham Green are delighted to invite you to Bee The Change, a fun-filled series of bee related activities for the whole family, at Turnham Green in Chiswick on Saturday June 6th. Bee The Change is a gathering centered around the Wildflower Bee Hotel, a sculptural habitat for bees made out of natural materials and exhibited in Turnham Green’s Wildflower Meadows for the duration of this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival. Come to Bee The Change…

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

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…

Canal Club Gardening Party

June 7
The Canal Club Gardening Group is a community garden built by boat dwellers for the local community. On Sunday 7th June, the last day of the Chelsea Fringe festival, we shall be open from 11am to 6pm. The outdoor clay oven will be fired up and everyone can get involved in making their own pizzas. An art exhibition will take place in the garden and on the canal bank walkway. Tea, cakes. elderflower drinks and handmade bread will be available.…

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…

Cook with the family

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cooking for the family doesn’t have to be a chore – why not get the whole family involved in making your own meal from scratch. In this workshop, learn how to make your own fresh pasta, as well as a tasty pesto to go on top. After cooking, everyone will sit down and eat the meal together. Price is for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children aged 14 or below) includes all resources plus a recipe to take…

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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