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London’s First Floating Pocket Park

May 20
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Daily until June 4, 2017

LONDON’S FIRST FLOATING PARK OPENS  -  Dawn until Dusk The new 730m2 floating park in Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal will provide a striking green public space on the water with its own canal boat mooring. The park features open lawn areas, densely planted nectar-rich mixed raised borders and communal seating, as well as allowing people to walk over the water on a series of decked platforms and walkways. A diverse planting scheme has been developed to encourage wildlife…

The HotHouse

May 20
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Chelsea Fringe pop-up cultural space featuring a range of horticulture inspired art workshops and activities, as well as inspirational talks and intergenerational gardening activities. For detailed timings please visit our website here

Dawn to Dusk by Tord Boontje

May 20
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Enjoy Tord Boontje’s new rotating seats combined with planters to add green moments to your walk along the river. Take a rest surrounded by plants and enjoy the spectacular views over the River Thames. Official launch on May 20th, to coincide with the Chelsea Fringe

King’s Road Flower Power

May 20
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Daily until June 4, 2017

King's Road, Chelsea is a mile long stretch of shops, cafés and restaurants in one of Europe's most densely populated areas. In the 18th century King's Road was home to an abundance of nurseries from Sloane Square to World's End. We are bringing together floral designs from hanging flower baskets to ground displays through a collaboration between those who live, learn and work on the King's Road. Take a stroll along this historic stretch and see how flowers are used…

Morus Londinium

May 20
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Unravel the tale told by London’s mulberry trees, including of a 17th century silk industry involving King James I, Spitalfields Huguenots, and many of the capitals long-disappeared heritage sites for which these now veteran trees are the sole witnesses and were called “lost angels of ruined paradises” by the Edwardian poet Edward Thomas. The Morus Londinium exhibition will run from May 20th and throughout the Fringe at two of London’s oldest mulberry trees, at Charlton House, Greenwich and Forty Hall,…

Battersea Power Station Storybox

May 20
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Battersea Power Station have partnered with Battersea based social enterprise Chocolate Films to collect your memories of the power station. Inside a refurbished K2 phone box designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the very same architect who designed the Power Station, watch stories told by other local residents, and record your own memories of the power station so they can be added to our archive of local history, and become part of a film which will be shared later on…

Brixton Botanic

May 20
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Brixton Botanic is a design led, plant lovers residency at FMonday’s café on Brixton Hill, created by Grand Designs Live Garden Designer of the Year and the designer of the FMonday’s café garden, Marc O’Neill. Launching for Chelsea Fringe and running through to July 2017, Marc will be at Brixton Botanic every Saturday offering design and practical advice on transforming gardens. Marc recommends bringing a selection of photographs for reference. Hidden within the garden at the café and available to…

Urban Eden Arrives at Broadgate this spring/summer

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

This Spring/Summer will see the launch of the unmissable Urban Eden at Broadgate, where three gardens spring up in a flash of floral interactive scenes from different corners of the globe. Urban Eden forms part of an ongoing initiative at Broadgate, which will see the hub continue to evolve into a greener space with a focus on health, vitality and wellbeing. Located right next to Liverpool St. Station, Broadgate Plaza, Finsbury Avenue Square and Exchange Square will be transformed into…

Ode to Nature

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Oxford House and The Chelsea Fringe Festival will be hosting a show featuring works by four artists to celebrate the diversity of nature. The exhibition 'Ode to Nature' will feature different formats: from painting, to collage, to mosaics. Each artist plays on a combination of shapes, colours, strength and fragility using their own relationship to nature. This will create an interesting study of contrasts. Each work also reveals the necessity of conveying a message to the contemporary viewer – whether it is a pure…

Japanese Bamboo Garden

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

Relax in the Japanese Garden situated at Broadgate Plaza, ideal for a digital detox and to practice mindfulness and calm. Striking pillars of bamboo sit in between Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate, allowing visitors to clear their heads and unwind with yoga classes such as Yin Yoga and Qigiong. If yoga isn’t for you, take 10 minutes to enjoy a free head and shoulder massage, all while surrounded by the soothing bamboo. An ideal opportunity to unplug from the office…

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…

Tulip Patchwork Garden

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

Located in Finsbury Avenue Square, and inspired by the tulip gardens of the Netherlands, the Tulip Patchwork Garden will be planted to create a beautiful vibrant patterned design. Designed by Garden Club London landscape design studio led by RHS Gold medal winning garden designer Tony Woods, the display of tulip and spring bulbs will provide a serene haven for visitors to wander and relax in, as well as playing host to interactive events. Whether visitors wish to exercise their green…

Bloomin’ Jewels

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Daily until 3 June except Sunday 28 May

Image: Rebecca Wilkes The blossoming of the floral in contemporary jewellery Floral motifs have long inspired jewellers; indeed since the first of man’s ancestors used a bloom for self-adornment, botanical motifs have been a key feature of jewellery designs. Bloomin' Jewels explores how botanical forms can also be a powerful reference point for contemporary jewellers, working in both precious and non-precious media. A showcase of wearable art, it spotlights cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work whilst celebrating the long and esteemed tradition…

Thrive @ Battersea

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Daily until May 26, 2017

Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that 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 is known as social and therapeutic horticulture - the process of working with plants to improve physical and psychological health, and communication and thinking skills. Using the garden as a safe and secure environment in which to develop an individual’s ability to socialise, make friends, and gain practical…

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…

A Question of Taste: Contrasting Borders at Fenton House

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Every day until 4 June except Mondays & Tuesdays

Four new bright and exciting borders will be designed and planted by Kew-trained Head Gardener Andrew Darragh. Each border will showcase a very different style of horticulture – a tropical bed, prairie planting, a bedding scheme and a classic herbaceous border – all set in Fenton’s historic walled kitchen garden which is part of a glorious two acre show garden. Come and judge which display would suit your taste and take away planting ideas for your own garden. Only a 5…

Jardiniere

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Late Opening Thursdays until 8pm

An exhibition and emporium to celebrate the everyday garden. Original art, textiles, print and sculpture intermingled with planted displays in honour of the window box, balcony and backyard. Illustrating the extraordinary within ordinary commonplace flora and fauna, in the beautiful historic setting of The House Mill in the heart of London’s East End.

Battersea Power Station: Artist-led curated walks

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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20 & 27 May: 11am-12.30pm; 21 & 28 May: 2-3.30pm

Join artist Luke Walker as he explores the history of the area, involving an exchange of stories, cultures and histories recorded in the urban fabric of the city by walking its paths and streets. The first walk, Walking in Whistler’s footsteps and Thames sculpture, taking place on Saturdays, will trace the history of the artist JM Whistler in the context of Battersea’s landscapes, green spaces, and the Thames, while discussing how the river and the painter have inspired artists. We…

The Fall: Art & photography by Ernesto Caivano and Anna Laurent

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm

The Fall is an exhibition of works by two American artists, Ernesto Caivano and Anna Laurent. Inspired by a passion for natural forms, each draws on a rich heritage of artistic and scientific illustration. Together they take the viewer on a journey through an unfamiliar wonderland in which all is not what it seems, where abstraction turns out to be figurative, and figuration a route back to abstraction. Anna Laurent is an award-winning photographer who combines scientific enquiry with a keen sense…

Gathered: An exhibition of photographs by Mary Norden & Polly Wreford

May 20 @ 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Daily until June 4, 2017

Gathered is simply about the beauty and joy of flowers and plants. Whether the picture is of a single stem of blossom, a detail of trailing clematis, or a bunch of Icelandic Poppies, these glorious photographs demand contemplation and stir the emotions - sometimes in an unexpected way. Some of the images are very simple, with no narrative, and the emphasis purely on colour and shape. In others, the flowers are arranged with props and backgrounds, or put in surprising spaces…

There might be giants

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For the third time we're opening our primary school vegetable garden on the first day of the Chelsea Fringe but this year Lauriston School Garden is aiming for something big. We've based our art, craft and planting workshops around the theme of gigantism. You'll be invited to plant a giant sunflower seed, help build a hazel bed to grow our giant pumpkins, take part in a print workshop or contribute your own leaf or flower to our giant art work. You can eat…

A Meadow in a Marmalade Jar

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Also at 3pm - 4.30pm

A flower arranging workshop with florists Katie and Terri of Worm London:- Join us in the beautiful 18th century surroundings of Town House Spitalfields for this creative floral workshop in which we’ll be celebrating the coming of summer, using colourful and seasonal British flowers for the table arrangements you’ll be making. You will learn all you need to know about choosing and preparing your flowers, plus some tricks on how to make an interesting arrangement. Everyone will make their own…

Pollinators’ Paradise

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Could your home be a pollinators' path? Do you have a balcony, window ledge or small plot? Transform it into a pollinators' paradise! Come along to our workshop to find out how.

Indian Inspired Garlands

May 20 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Indian Inspired floral garlands made by school children of all ages. Come and make a garland, help lay wild meadow turf, make a seedbomb, plant a seed, enjoy botanical cocktails.  

FLOURISH at Espacio Gallery

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Open Daily 1-7pm. Closed Mondays. Final Sunday closes at 5pm

Espacio Gallery Exhibition showing the work of 18 artists; Paintings, Sculpture, original prints, photography, mixed media.

All to do with nature, organic forms and structures.

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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

Shout Out for London’s Green Spaces!

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Daily until 4 June - garden opens at 11am

Right now people all over the world are protesting for what they believe in and Londoners are standing up for the many precious green spaces that are under threat. In an area where there is little green space, Hackney residents have been raising their voices in recent months to say how much they value the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. Now over one weekend of creative protest activity, we are inviting you to join in and shout out for the trees,…

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…

Giant Palm leaf of Oman

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sundays only 12 - 5pm

The FactoryPress gallery will be exhibiting ‘The Giant Palm Leaf of Oman’ a cyanotype print made directly from the leaf in the glorious sunshine of Oman, displayed in a bus shelter light box. Other ltd edition palm and insect prints will also be on show. Look out for miniature paper sculptures of insects displayed in the beautiful walled in yard among the trees and flowers at the front of the gallery, a challenge for you to find….. *please note the gallery and…

Pollinator Party!

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All welcome to join us to: Launch the Pollinator Paths Wandsworth project, all about growing to benefit local insects and wildlife, along with London Sustainability Exchange Explore permaculture artist Lola Godoy’s ‘Bee a Pollinator’ artwork and geodesic dome, visiting the Community Garden as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe Celebrate 'Now We Are Six': come to our 6th birthday with our gardeners and friends - plus cake, campfire tea and party games for all ages Details of Pollinator Paths Wandsworth:…

The Inner Temple Dog Show Returns: Celebrating the bond between Gardener and Dog

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Inner Temple Dog Show Returns: Celebrating the bond between Gardener and Dog at the award winning Inner Temple Garden. The Inner Temple Dog Show will throw open the Garden gates to dogs of all shapes and sizes, with the opportunity to compete in five exciting categories: Garden agility; Best floral outfit (dog and handler); Dog with the waggiest tail; Best junior handler (under 12) and Publics favourite. Handlers of all ages are encouraged and all dogs will be eligible…

Musical Garden Party

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Once more the secret oasis of green that is the Olden Community Garden will be alive to the sound of music.  Our two acres include an orchard, a meadow and the largest area of woodland in Islington.  This means we can accommodate a Klezmer group, an English folk band, a swing band, a small choir and other sundry musicians, all playing acoustically under the trees in different parts of the grounds. At about 4pm the musicians will gravitate towards the…

Bee the Challenge – Sun Flower Competition

May 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

By sowing a seed you help out a bee. Come join Better Bankside’s inaugural Sunflower competition. Businesses in the district, residents, by passers and curious cats are all welcome to join our aspiration to help more bees. We sow the seeds together and  then keep each other in the loop over the coming months on social media. Who will be the tallest, chubbiest, cutest, the most forgotten or nothing at all? We don’t know, but everyone wins, including Bankside’s bees!

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…

Short talk on carnivorous plants followed by Film: Little Shop of Horrors

May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An outdoor (hopefully) showing of the film Little Shop of Horrors. A 1986 classic rock musical horror comedy about a very carnivorous plant. Introductory talk on carnivorous plants prior to screening. This is also part of the Herne Hill Film Festival Donations welcome. Refreshments. Wear warm clothes and bring something to sit on

Times may vary slightly so please check beforehand on our website here

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…

Glass bowls of glory – Make your own indoor Terrarium

May 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

What if we tell you that you can have your own garden fitted in a glass bowl, with almost no maintenance and it will look pleasurable too? By using charcoal, moss, pebbles, rocks, driftwood and mini figures the sky isn’t even the limit and you can go home with a mysterious yet intriguing bowl of bio-diversity and glamour.

Blossoms and Blooms

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Geffrye gardeners for a free, drop-in walk and talk in the beautiful period gardens as they burst into full bloom.

Lambeth Palace Gardens Open Evening

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A rare opportunity to visit Lambeth Palace Gardens in the evening. The garden at Lambeth Palace has been a private garden since the 12th century - and it's the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London... The head gardener will be giving guided tours and the there will be a practical demonstration of beekeeping skills.

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…

Too square to dare – Make your own edible tray garden

May 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Are you longing for some home grown edibles in your home but can’t seem to find the time to replace that dry basil? Or is space just too limited? Maybe you feel you lack the competence? Don’t worry! We’ll teach you and you’ll be able to fit it all in a tray. Learn how to make your own mini garden by creating a mini habitat of delicious edibles in a seed tray to take away.

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…

Jardín de Papel

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery on Conway Street will be hosting award-winning poet Edward Barker for an evening of poetry-reading on the theme of flowers and gardens on Thursday 25 May 2017, 6.00 - 7.30 pm. The reading will be held amidst Spanish artist Mersuka Dopazo's large-scale floral collages, her first solo exhibition in London in collaboration with fellow artist Teresa Calderón. Dopazo's works make use of hand-made papers and fabrics gathered from all over the world, which celebrate the…

Open Evening with Garden Tour

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come and visit our house and garden.  Plant and Seed Sales, A Garden Tour, and a chance to see some of our rarer Herbarium specimens and botanical books. Refreshments including a variety of delicious Stingers - Nettle Cocktails! The South London Botanical Institute was founded in 1910 by A O Hume to bring botany to the people of South London.   A large Victorian house, largely unchanged since then, and set back from  a flourishing front garden  with a sweeping drive.…

The Botanical Wallchart: Book talk & signing

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Botanical writer and photographer Anna Laurent will talk about her recent book The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the golden age of scientific discovery (Octopus Press). Botanical charts are experiencing a resurgence in interest, both as pieces of art and as objects of scientific and historical significance, and The Botanical Wall Chart documents this extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Attendees at the talk will also have the opportunity to view The Fall, an exhibition combining Anna Laurent's…

The Guerrilla Gardeners’ Garden Tour

May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Richard Reynolds has been guerrilla gardening around the streets of SE1 for thirteen years, most of them fairly lucky, as many of his gardens have thrived and matured over this time into incongruously beautiful landmarks in public space. His activity, without permission, has attracted international attention and inspired others around the world to take over neglected public spaces. Join him on a walking tour from Lambeth North to Elephant and Castle via his guerrilla gardens at a beautiful time of the…

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

Salad Daze in Finsbury Park

May 26 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Come and see our beautiful forest garden and help pick an unusual salad of edible perennials. You should be able to find some mallow flowers, horseradish leaves and Nepal pepper shoots, to name but a few.

Richard and Jenny will be on hand to show you some of the 200 edible varieties in our forest garden, showcase bed and edible hedge.

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…

Nature sculpture trail and planting parties

May 27
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Daily until May 28, 2017

A series of events including Vintage Reimagined a nature-inspired sculpture trail created by the public from found objects, and a planting party with Father Nature curated by local residents Details at Vauxhall One here   and Nine Elms here 

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…

Weed and Plant Identification Walk Around Camden Town/Kentish Town

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Daily until May 28, 2017

Meet Camden Road Overground station (Camden Rd, London NW1 9LS) Walk for 1 hour looking at weeds and plants, finishing at The Boma Garden Centre, 51 - 53 Islip Street, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2DL. Bring photos/samples of any weeds/plants you would like identified. Walk regardless of rain.  Refreshments in the café at the garden centre after the walk.  

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

Mad Hatters Tea Party

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Calthorpe Project invites you to a 'mad hatters tea party' to be held in our lovely gardens. Come and see art installations by students from Central St. Martins college of art. Feast on delicious vegetarian food with ingredients grown in the garden or join the party with tea, coffee and cake. There will be plant sales for grown ups and bonkers activities for kids. Throughout the day Calthorpe Project staff and volunteers will be on hand to chat to…

Manor Farm Nature Space Project Launch

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

Come and join us to celebrate the re-launch of Manor Farm Nature Space, a unique natural landscape in Norbury with the Wandle River tributary running right through it. Get involved and spot local wildlife, help build an insect refuge and find out about the wild and native plants animals and insects on site. Learn about the plans to make the site accessible to all and get involved to make this already unique site an even more valuable asset to the…

Doing the Lambeth Walk

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A guided walk of inspirational green spaces loved and cared for by local residents. Starting at the Garden Museum we will walk through the back streets, taking in small green parks including Old Paradise Street, Pedlars Park, Vauxhall City Farm and ending at Bonnington Square. Walk led by Susan Sheehan from Incredible Edible Lambeth

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

Shanks Pony in Residence

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until June 4, 2017

Come and meet resident gardener 'Shanks Pony' for gardening discussion and advice, and visit the roof garden.

Art in The Garden

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for our bank holiday art in the garden extravaganza! We'll be opening up our community garden to the public and running art workshops for adults and children. Get involved with workshops run by local artists and makers, craft a grass snake from recycled plastics, learn how to make your own seed bomb and much much more. As well as that, we'll be selling our own plants and refreshments, the profits of which fund our outreach work and the upkeep…

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…

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns! Summer half-term activities for children aged 2-16

May 30 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Daily until June 2, 2017

Use your favourite patterns from the museum and gardens to create stunning stained glass, wacky wallpaper, patterned prints and much more! Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the activities start. All children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Silk // Unwoven Histories

May 31 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join Studio Cultivate at Chelsea Physic Garden in 2017 for Silk // Unwoven Histories, as we take you on a journey of story-telling and garden exploration. An exciting event for the whole family. Weaving our way through Ancient China, to the Roman Empire, and across the war-torn seas of the European Age of Discovery, we’ll learn how a smuggling princess, ruthless pirates and one humble worm came together to help a simple fabric conquer the world. Through a mix of story-telling, self-led…

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…

Kokedama workshop

May 31 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Make your own hanging planters using the Japanese moss ball technique, Kokedama. Single plants are housed in each hanging ball but they can be hung and displayed in groups. Create hanging displays to decorate the Rose community centre and to take home.

Potent Potions

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Can a food be a medicine? Can a medicine be a poison? Find out something of the history of medicine and the amazing power of plants to heal and soothe. We will show you how to make some of your own natural and low-cost remedies (ointments, syrups, scented bags) as well as a mini medicinal garden to take home. There’ll be a chance to explore our gardens of medicinal plants, edible and poison beds. For ages 7+ £13 Ticket price includes…

Botanicals in a Bottle

June 1 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

A workshop in which plantsman and perfumer Stephen Nelson will discuss the shared disciplines of the perfumer and the gin maker – distillation, blending and composition - and will give a potted history of London’s early perfumery and distillery trades and the supply of herbs and spices for it. You will be able to sample and compare some ‘elixirs’ and perfumes with Stephen, considering the structure and common notes in each and each participant will get the chance to blend…

These Shoes are made for planting

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

These Shoes Are Made for Planting... and that's just what we'll do - one of these days these shoes are going to grow some food for you! On the “fringes” of The Wilton Estate come and have some fun planting up shoes to take away with seeds or seedlings. We will help you choose and plant an old shoe/boot, or possibly a sandal with some jiggery pokery planting. Bring your favourite old shoes, too old for walking but definitely not…

GardenTech: future urban green space

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

GardenTech brings together a panel of academics, corporates and start-ups all working in London with NGO’s, developers and volunteers, to improve the quality of the urban environment through the intersection of technology and urban green space. Research shows that cities can be excellent for wildlife biodiversity if habitat is made available, and it is increasingly recognised that nature and green spaces are vital for the health and well-being of people everywhere. Not only this, there are many broader environmental benefits…

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…

Green Vox

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

Launching a new performance club for Vauxhall in conjunction with the Ragged Canteen, rooted in horticultural reference points

Permablitz Day: Co-gardening with Nature

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Permablitzes are free days open to all. They bring people together to create or develop a community or household edible, wildlife-friendly garden according to a permaculture (ecologically sustainable) design. They spread by stimulating networks of reciprocity and mutual support: once you have helped at a few you can have one of your own. Our makeovers create plant alliances that mimic natural ecosystems. We always co-garden with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants to maintain health and build fertility. (see www.permablitzlondon.com) On…

Lush Bonnington Pavements

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bonnington Square is right in the heart of London, just two minutes walk from the river and just ten minutes from the Houses of Parliament. In the early eighties the one hundred houses of the Square were all squatted, forming a bohemian community from all around the world. The squat had two community gardens, a cafe, a wholefood shop, a nightclub, a newsletter and even a milkbar. Although it is no longer squatted, the gardens and cafe survive. Hear from…

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…

Growing A Rainbow

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

A sedate and very English garden event set in the grounds of a Georgian Grade two listed property on Dalston Lane, E8 - yes that's right a chance to snoop around a normally closed and private garden with the added attraction of RAINBOW plants, veggies and of course tea & cake! There will be plug plants and seedlings of differently coloured & shaped vegetables available to take away, as well as seeds to plant. A celebration of Rainbow Chard with the opportunity to taste…

Roof Garden Fun Day

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Games, strawberry-picking, slug-and-snail-hunting, face-painting, food and music all on a roof! Come celebrate the summertime at the Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden’s annual family fun day starting from 11am, with food at 1pm and fun throughout. All welcome and it’s totally free.

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…

A Garden in a Tea Cup

June 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Infuse herbal teas have been created by nutritionist and naturopath Alexsandra Rehlinger as part of her belief in the importance to our health and wellbeing of reconnecting to nature. In a tea tasting ceremony guided by her, you will learn the power of key natural ingredients from one of her delicious and supportive blends and be inspired by their restorative power. Alexsandra designed and hand-blended these unique and therapeutically beneficial, herbal combinations to help us all discover and treasure nature’s…

Op-film exhibition tour at Gasworks

June 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Photo : Filipa César and Louis Henderson, Sunstone, film still, 2017. Co-commissioned by Gasworks and Contour Biennale 8. Courtesy of the artists. Join a free introduction to Op-film: An Archaeology of Optics, an exhibition of new film and installation by artists Filipa César & Louis Henderson  

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…

Secret Harleyford Road Garden

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bonnington Square is famous for its lush pavements, but the inspiration was the nearby Harleyford Road gardens. Now one of the most established community gardens in London hear from local resident Jenny Vulgar about what has made it so successful. A true hidden gem.

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…

The ‘not quite’ Royal Variety Show

June 4 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hosted at Russell Road Community Kitchen Garden The 'not quite' Royal Variety Show is a fun, family friendly, free gig consisting of Comedy, Music and Magic. You don't need a ticket, just turn up. The MC is Gary Shaw; The Compère Beyond Compare. The Headliner is Kyle Wallace; Master of Comedy, Magic and Illusion. Also on the bill are Alex Martini; Crazy Italian talking about food, Siobhan Dodd; Nice girl. Bit odd, Roxy Bourdillon; Bombshell/bag lady, President Obonjo of Lafta Republic; The World's first comedy…

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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