When: 21st May – 12th June 2016
Where: Across London and the UK
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
Chelsea Fringe – the alternative garden festival – brings together art, design, poetry, music, science and food, with a horticultural focus. The events take place over three weeks, from 21st May to 12th June, across London, the UK and four international satellite fringe festivals.
The festival expands beyond SW3 to every London quarter and the far corners of the UK, including the Isle of Mull, Monmouth, Margate, Leeds and Bristol. Contributors and venues range from community garden groups, artists, poets, chefs, galleries, schools, a cemetery park and major institutions such as the British Medical Association, the Inner Temple and Covent Garden Flower Market.
Themes for the 2016 fringe include health and well-being, wild food, urban food foraging, guerilla gardening, and domestic farming.
Some of the Chelsea Fringe highlights include:
Heywood and Condie’s Greenhouse, 25th May – September
Horticultural installation artists Heywood and Condie have created a piece of sculptural architecture on the forecourt of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. The installation consists of a greenhouse constructed from discarded 18th and 19th stained glass. The Christian imagery has been dismantled and reused to present a world of chimeras, mythical creatures and folkloric hybrids. Free.
Borough Market: Find and Feast, 27th May
There will be a wild food walk with urban forager, Ceri Buckmaster, around Southwark; discovering how to identify seasonal plants and flowers in some unexpected locations. The event finishes with a demonstration in Borough Market on how to cook delicious recipes using the foraged ingredients with chef and food blogger, Celia Brooks. Free.
Perfume in Georgian London, 31st May
East London antique emporium, Townhouse, present a series of talks by horticulturist, Stephen Nelson, focusing on the English garden and its direct link to perfume over the past four centuries. Free.
Prescribing gardens and gardening for mental health and well-being, 26th May, 2nd and 9th June
The British Medical Association Mind Garden presents a lecture series on medicinal plants and their health benefits. Free.
Behind the Wall, 21st May
New Covent Garden Flower Market are offering free tours behind the scenes of the UK’s largest flower market. Visitors will get to see what inspires London’s florists and learn about the market’s history. Free.
Floral Flotilla, 21st May
A fabulous show of river craft covered in variety of floral displays will moor up adjacent to Mill House in Henley-on Thames. Visitors can enjoy a picnic on the bank, accompanied by live music by local musicians. Free.
More info: www.chelseafringe.com