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The ‘Wellington Tower’

May 24
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Every day until June 7, 2015
A witty commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

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

May 24
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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…

BEST of BOST – Free Map of Green and Edible Bankside

May 24
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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.

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

May 24
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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. The garden takes its inspiration from the textile designs of Barbara Hepworth – the Yorkshire born…

FLOATING GARDEN

May 24
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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

Wildflower Bee Hotel

May 24
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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…

postcard garden at The London Arts Board

May 24
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Every day until June 7, 2015
Written and Curated by Sophie Hill postcardwall began from a collection of postcards, started in order to remember art from exhibitions and galleries across the world. As the collection mounted, the postcards became a display of both contemporary and historical art in a wonderful wallpaper of visual memory and in 2009 Sophie began a blog to remember each one. To mark having reached 365 postcards, Sophie Hill has declared 2015 The Year of The Postcard and is exhibiting the postcards and…

Chelsea floral cake

May 24
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Every day until May 30, 2015
Peter Jones has created a special floral cake, Welsh honey and English lavender cake with a rose water cream. The cake is available in both our eateries, the brasserie on the 2nd floor and top floor restaurant on the 6th floor.

Shed Chic

May 24 @ 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…

postcard gardens

May 24 @ 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…

BEST of BOST – Dry Stone Wall Workshops

May 24 @ 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…

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.

Social Therapeutic Horticulture in Practice

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Every day until May 24, 2015
Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. This therapy is known as social and therapeutic horticulture – the process of working with plants to improve physical and psychological health, and communication and thinking skills. At 12.30 on the weekdays of the event we will be holding a talk on the latest developments in social and horticultural therapy and the ways in…

FREE Exhibition: Garden State

May 24 @ 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…

Dalston Flower Show for Children

May 24 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until May 29, 2015
Dalston Flower Show for Children  – Saturday 23 & Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 May The annual ‘Dalston Flower Show for Children’ is back for our three week Chelsea Fringe programme.  It starts with a special afternoon of activities on Saturday, followed by four afternoons for half-term. Remember, we don’t take bookings in advance, so do come early to make sure you get a place! Botanical Bags & Bunting – Saturday 23 May, 1-5pm Textile artists Yemi Awosile and Emamoke…

Natura Morta

May 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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On Sunday 11am - 7pm
Natura Morta –  Saturday 23 May, 11am-11pm – Sunday 24 May, 11am-7pm Artist Erola Arcalís presents for the first time Natura Morta in a temporary installation that will take place in Dalston Eastern Curve Garden on the weekend of 23 and 24 May. Taking plants as the main subject of interest, her practice makes use of the photographic still life language. Yet, the very idea of this language is questioned by capturing the botanical subjects while they are still alive.…

Floral Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum

May 24 @ 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.

Espacio Gallery ‘GERMINATION’

May 24 @ 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.

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.

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

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Every week on Sunday until May 24, 2015
‘Taking a Turn’ – two public talks are being held by the ‘Taking a Turn': mental health history of hospital gardens team.  Three specialists will present research into the themes of mental health hospital gardens over time, mental health patient experiences of the outdoors, and the design of the garden installation for the Chelsea Fringe.  Speakers are: Dr Clare Hickman, landscape historian at Kings College London Steph Eastoe, social historian doctorate researcher at Birkbeck College London Rebecca Smith, independent gardening…

Sonya Patel Ellis / The Story Within

May 25 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Monday-Saturday, 9.30pm to 5.30pm; Thursday until 8.30pm; launch 4th June 6.30-8.30pm
Join artist, writer and editor Sonya Patel Ellis for the official opening of the Forest Gate leg of her exhibition The Story Within, winner of the Rosetta Art Centre’s RELAY Platform competition 2015. Artworks, previously exhibited as The Earth Laughs in Flowers in local cafe CoffeE7 April 2014, include a Herbarium Wall of pressed flower specimens grown in Ellis’ garden over the course of a year; a tribute to the Upper Cut Club – a former E7 hub – where Jimi Hendrix penned the…

A Festival of ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’ at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

May 25 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
A Festival of ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’ on 16 & 17 May, launches four weekends of activities celebrating herbs, flowers and gardening in the heart of the city. Later highlights include miniature gardening,  Summer head-dresses  with the ‘Flower Appreciation Society’, and a ‘Herbal Health Bar’ with remedies, tea blends and the occasional botanical cocktail! More information Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Special Almshouse Tours

May 26
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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

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…

Pick up a Stitch at the Inner Temple Garden

May 26 @ 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…

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.

Bonsai Kai at Fenton House

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until June 6, 2015
Fenton House Garden plays host to an amazing collection of bonsai trees on loan from Bonsai Kai, Europe’s oldest bonsai club, and displayed in a unique way throughout our 300 year-old orchard. The rest of the walled garden is laid out over three levels, featuring formal walks, a sunken rose garden and a kitchen garden, and open Wednesday to Sunday 11am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Entry £2. Bonsai Kai’s experts will also be holding a Bonsai Day at Fenton on Sunday…

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…

Garden Scents Perfume-Making Workshop

May 27 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Explore and experiment with the fragrances of a summer garden in a workshop led by perfumer Sarah McCartney of 4160Tuesdays at her micro-perfumery in west London.  Sarah will talk about the materials, technique and everyone will create their own perfume to take home. This is a backyardlondon event where you can buy tickets or also at eventbrite here  

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…

The garden of you… and the wishing tree

May 28 @ 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…

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.

Hugo Bugg Garden Parties

May 29 @ 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…

portable orchard

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
An orchard on wheels!

the Garden of Disorientation Volume 2

May 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
the garden of disorientation is back ! An amaryllis explosion! A gloriously colourful celebration of the opening of Pop Brixton. Sponsored by Designers Guild.

Green East

May 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Green East (in collaboration with East London Gardening Society) Are you interested in the environment? Want to join in a collaborative discussion about sustainable methods? Come to Oxford House on 29th May 2015 at 17:00 hrs and participate in a discussion with Green East. Those that have the “green thumb” are invited to hear, speak, and learn about the various environmental projects that are taking place throughout East London. The discussion will be focused on the use of sustainable methods,…

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 info@slbi.org.uk

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…

The Nine Elms Horticultural Spa and Apothecary Experience by Loop.pH

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Every week on Saturday and Sunday until June 7, 2015
(30th May – 7th June, weekends, 12:00 – 8:00pm) A restorative public space with a temporary architectural structure that is part greenhouse and part pneumatic bubble. It reinvigorates and celebrates the Thames River Path, inviting people into an ephemeral and futuristic tea ceremony. Once inside your tea is served through clouds of fragrant medicinal fog consumed through breathing and absorbed into the skin. Hope to see you on the riverside – check the nine elms website soon for details of special events and…

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…

Paper pot maker workshop

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
30 May, 11am – 1pm Come and make your own paper pot maker out of recycled wood, an essential for any gardener. A paper pot maker allows you to make your own small free pots out of newspaper, they reduce root disturbance as the pot is put straight into the soil. You can buy them online, they cost £15 or you could come and make one for £2.50. We’ll also be using some ready made potters to make some pots…

Copeland PARK

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
COPELAND PARK is an industrial estate turned creative quarter. As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival it will transform into a recreational park, in which its occupants will spill outside and invite you to use their space for your leisure…

A Festival of ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’ at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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See also half-term activities during the week
A Festival of ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’ on 16 & 17 May, launches four weekends of activities celebrating herbs, flowers and gardening in the heart of the city. Later highlights include miniature gardening,  Summer head-dresses  with the ‘Flower Appreciation Society’, and a ‘Herbal Health Bar’ with remedies, tea blends and the occasional botanical cocktail! More information Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

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!

“Float a Lotus”

May 30 @ 1:00 pm
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Every week on Saturday until May 30, 2015
Pools – “Float a Lotus” The Concept Water is fundamental to existence. We are made of it; it flows through every aspect of our lives. Pools, in particular, are the subject of myth and fantasy, as we dream of Narcissus and echo or more sybaritically, simply plunging into personal pools of purifying, healing, cleansing water. This work is poised to exploit such associations and more. Specifically we want to explore the connection between the properties of water and consciousness.  The ‘Pools’ can then be seen as  ‘shallow crossings’, as…

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  

the Garden of Disorientation Volume 2

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every day until June 7, 2015
An amaryllis explosion! A gloriously colourful celebration of the opening of Pop Brixton. Sponsored by Designers Guild.

Chelsea Fringe Midnight Apothecary

May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Every week on Saturday until June 6, 2015
We are back for Chelsea Fringe with campfire cocktails in the city! Join us each Saturday throughout the Fringe, that’s 16th, 23rd, 30th and 6th June (and Sunday 17 May for kids) in our secret rooftop garden above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe. Relax around a fire pit with giant flares. Imbibe exquisite botanical cocktails infused with herbs and flowers grown in the garden or foraged close by, by Lottie Muir, the Cocktail Gardener. Cuddle up to watch the sun…

Walking Tour: 10 Years of Guerrilla Gardening

May 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Take a journey through time and space on the floral battle ground that are the streets around Elephant and Castle. It’s been a decade since Richard Reynolds started tending neglected patches of land round here. While some now bloom as local landmarks, others have eventually been flattened by the relentless onslaught of comprehensive redevelopment in one of London’s most dramatically transforming inner city districts. You’ll learn how the gardens came to be and along the way hear tales of opportunities and obstacles,…

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 ecologycentre@islington.gov.uk. 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…

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

Bankside Urban Forest – Seed Bomb making masterclass

June 3 @ 12:30 pm
Join us over a leisurely lunch at local cafe: The Bridge for a seed bomb making masterclass, led by Better Bankside’s Urban Gardener.  Seed bombs are fun to make, and when dispersed enable seeds to be sown in hard to reach places, bringing a bit of floral lovliness to neglected spaces. All materials will be provided, including native wildflower seeds.

Oasis outdoor cinema night

June 3 @ 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…

Sonya Patel Ellis / The Story Within

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join artist, writer and editor Sonya Patel Ellis on 4 June 6.30pm to 8.30pm for the official opening of the Forest Gate leg of her exhibition The Story Within, winner of the Rosetta Art Centre’s RELAY Platform competition 2015. Artworks, previously exhibited as The Earth Laughs in Flowers in local cafe CoffeE7 April 2014, include a Herbarium Wall of pressed flower specimens grown in Ellis’ garden over the course of a year; a tribute to the Upper Cut Club – a former E7 hub…

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!

Cressingham Rain Gardens Opening Celebration

June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Celebrate the completion of the Cressingham rain gardens – a community led project to construct the biggest rain garden in Lambeth, created in partnership with London Wildlife Trust. Learn what makes a rain garden different to a pond, see the journey of creating a rain garden and raise a cup of tea and slice of cake to this exciting project. Plus, make a seed bomb to liven up your own urban patch, help to sow wildflower seed between the rain gardens and…

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

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We are holding a closing party and plant give-away from our garden installation on Friday 5th June 6-9pm at Saltpoint Bar, 2 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2EH.  Be ready to party and bring a plastic bag or two to take away plants after 8.30pm.

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 tcunforcuth@googlemail.com

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…

Oasis garden trail

June 6 @ 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…

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 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…

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…

‘Set in Modern’ – Pop-up Writing at the Rooftopvegplot

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Can plants trigger creativity?  Here is an opportunity to test out this theory for yourself. Come and enjoy this tiny, organic urban hideaway, where all plants are edible.  The Rooftopvegplot sits on the fifth floor rooftop of writer and environmentalist Wendy Shillam, a keen garden blogger @rooftopvegplot and a founder of @SetinModern, the online journal for fiction and narrative non-fiction.  Visitors to the garden are welcome to soak up the atmosphere in this organic vegetable garden, designed for beauty as…

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.

Olden Community Garden Party

June 7 @ 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:…
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