The Chelsea Fringe 2015

16 May – 7 June 2015

The Chelsea Fringe is a celebration of all things garden, landscape and environment related and involves community garden groups, individuals, artists, poets, restaurateurs, museums, galleries, schools, hospitals. In fact, anyone with an interest in gardening can get involved.

This year there are ‘satellite’ Chelsea Fringes planned for Melbourne, Milan, Nagoya [Japan] and Henley-on-Thames (as well as a clutch of other UK towns), in addition to Brighton, Bristol, Kent, Vienna and Ljubljana.

When asked about the Fringe, Festival director Tim Richardson said:
“When the Fringe began I always envisaged it could be a national or international event, but that side of things has grown much more quickly than expected, to our delight and astonishment. In fact in the 2014 Fringe there were as many events outside London as there were in the capital. The idea has clearly struck a chord with people. We have been constantly amazed by the inventiveness and drive of Fringe participants and are now actively looking to encourage new participants as well as those who have been in the Fringe before”.

If it’s on-topic, legal and interesting, then the chances are it can go in the Fringe. There are no selection committees, judging panels or medals. The Fringe encourages new ideas and new ways to explore the amazing world of gardens and gardening.  The Fringe is growing year on year from 100 events in 2012 to over 250 in 2014, but the most important factor remains the quality and quirkiness of the projects.

An amazing map has been produced with details of all the projects which you can find here.

Chelsea Fringe Map 2015

Chelsea Fringe Map 2015

And here is a readable PDF of the map

Chelsea Fringe Map 2015

Just to mention some of the projects:

Saturday 16 May  – Behind the Wall – Covent Garden Flower Market

On May 16, the legendary Covent Garden Flower Market will reveal what lies “Behind the Wall.” Attendees will receive insider access to the market known for inspiring florists all across London.

Chelsea Fringe 2015, Happy Seeds Festival

Chelsea Fringe 2015, Happy Seeds Festival

Saturday 16 May  – Happy Seeds Festival – New Cross Gate

Chelsea Fringe visitors and even passers-by will have the chance to plant their own tomato plants at The Happy Seeds Festival on May 16 near New Cross Gate. The Tomato Planting Extravaganza will feature 100 varieties of tomato plant/seeds available for purchase 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.

Saturday 16 May  – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – West London

West London’s Edible Askew Road Presents ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ inspired by Eric Carle.  Starch Green is the location and on May 16 where for the 3rd year  local environmental charity, Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, and Askew business network have teamed up to create an edible Askew Road with “The Hungry Caterpillar” themed activities.  The event will feature 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 tastings, face painting and displaying clues to the treasure trail in their shop windows.

Chelsea Fringe 2015, Floating English Cottage Garden

Chelsea Fringe 2015, Floating English Cottage Garden

Saturday 16 May  – “The Thames Floral Flotilla” – Thames at Henley

“The Thames Floral Flotilla”sets sail on May 16th when the banks of the river  Thames at Henley will be busy with spectators picnicking on Mill Meadow and enjoying the spectacle of decorated boats and rafts floating along the river.

SATURDAY 6 JUNE – Geffrye Museum – 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

Geffrye Period gardens. Photo:  Museum of the Home/ Mandy Williams.

Geffrye Period gardens. Photo: Museum of the Home/ Mandy Williams.

Music to Grow Your Garden By  – 12 – 12.40. Free

Enjoy a special performance by the Moving Chamber Choir overlooking the Geffrye’s period gardens – a mix of madigrals, part-songs and modern favourites to raise the spirits of all plants and gladden the hearts of their cultivators!

Culpeper’s Herbal Remedy 2-4pm 

Join Margaret Willes, garden historian and author, for a fascinating talk about herbalist, botanist and radical apothecary Nicholas Culpeper, then create your own historical remedies and natural cosmetics.

Tickets £16, £13 concs.  Please book in advance at: or

How to participate in the Chelsea Fringe

It is not too late to become a part of the Chelsea Fringe. Projects can register up until the day of 6 June. For more information about the Chelsea Fringe and project registration visit

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