The Chelsea Fringe 2016

21 May – 12 June 2016
The Alternative Garden Festival
www.chelseafringe.com

The fifth edition of the Chelsea Fringe – the alternative garden festival – brings together art, design, poetry, music, science and food with a horticultural focus for three weeks of events from 21 May – 12 June, across London, the UK and four
international satellite fringe festivals.

 

Chelsea Fringe 2016, 21 May - 12 June 2016

Chelsea Fringe 2016, 21 May – 12 June 2016

The festival expands beyond SW3 to every London quarter, the far corners of the UK including the Isle of Mull in Scotland, Monmouth in Wales, Margate, Leeds, Bristol and Henley-on-Thames in England, and internationally to Sweden, Poland, Italy and Australia. 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.

Emerging themes for the 2016 Fringe include: health and well-being – the essential benefits of medicinal plants and gardening in battling depression and other health issues; wild food is the new street food – urban food foraging and how to spot edible
plants and flowers in a city’s green spaces; a history of guerilla gardening – the importance of green spaces in urban planning and public spaces; domestic farming – how to use your garden space for small-scale food production; and the more
decorative art of flower arranging – from how to make posies & table centerpieces to a floating flotilla on the Thames.

Here are some of the events that are taking during the period.

The Potting Shed
21 May, throughout day
£10, booking essential
Town House, 5 Fournier Street, London, E1 6QE
East London Antiques emporium, Town House, is offering botanical-themed clay workshops to celebrate the joy of early summer flowers. Ceramic artists Fliff Carr and Matilda Moreton demonstrate how to make unique floral decorated plates inspired by 18th century botanical
prints.

Behind the Wall
21 May & 1 June, 7am-8.30am
Booking essential
New Covent Garden Flower Market, Vauxhall , London, SW8
Behind the scenes tour of the UK’s largest flower market. Visitors will get to see what inspires London’s florists and learn about the market’s history.

Chelsea Fringe 2016. Behind the Wall, New Covent Garden Market

Chelsea Fringe 2016. Behind the Wall, New Covent Garden Market

Camden Town Weed and Plant Identification Walk
21 May, 11am-12pm
Booking essential
Kentish Town Rd/Camden St/Hawley Rd London, NW1 9PT
On the first and last weekend of the Chelsea Fringe, come and look at weeds, where they
seed/spread and grow and why.
The Molecular Cube: A Hidden Garden
21 May-12 June, 11am-5pm
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 3 Dalston Lane, Hackney London, E8 3DF
Drs Eva Galante and Christian Capelli present a surprising “molecular” garden, which
combines art and science. Discover how nature repeats similar forms from succulent plants
to salts, viruses and cells. Look through microscope lenses and enter the microscopic and
macroscopic world of Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.

Plants and People: Wild Food
21 May, 1.30pm-3.30pm
£8, booking essential
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, The Soanes Centre, London E3 4PX
Learn sustainable harvesting techniques and basic plant identification techniques. Nibble on
leaves, berries and roots, and collect wild leaves and flowers to take home and turn into
your own wild salad.

Common Thread – A Knitted Landscape
21 May – 12 June, 2 – 4pm
Stoke Newington Library, Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0JS
Three knitting workshops and the chance to see a knitted sculpture of Stoke Newington
Common by made by the Stoke Newington Common Users Group (SNUG) knitting group.

Plants and People: Folklore
22 May, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Booking essential
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, The Soanes Centre, London E3 4PX
Former botanist at the Natural History Museum and ‘plantlore’ expert, Roy Vickery, leads a
tour of the plants in the Cemetery Park and reveals the folklore associated with them.

Gardener’s Question Time at the Geffrye
23 May, 6.30-8.30pm
Tickets: £4
The Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA
The celebrated panel of gardening experts will be tackling the questions put to them by local gardening enthusiasts, with Eric Robson in the chair and the team being made up of Anne Swithinbank, Matthew Biggs, and Bunny Guinness. 6.30pm doors for 7.30 recording.
www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/book-tickets

Period Gardens at the Geffrye Museum. Photo: Mandy Williams

Period Gardens at the Geffrye Museum. Photo: Mandy Williams

Gorgeous Gardens of the Geffrye
25 May, 2-3pm
Free
The Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA
Enjoy a walk and talk with the Geffrye gardeners in the beautiful period gardens.

View of the Geffrye Museum restaurant through the period garden. Photo: Mandy Williams

View of the Geffrye Museum restaurant through the period garden. Photo: Mandy Williams

Borough Market: Find and Feast
27 May, 11am – 12.30pm
Free, booking essential for walk, but anyone welcome to free cookery demo and plant swap
12.30-2pm in the Market Hall
Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street , London, SE1 1TL
Join urban forager, 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 chef and food blogger Celia Brooks.

The Papermaker’s Garden
28 May, 11am – 5pm
Kingsgate Workshops Trust, 110-116 Kingsgate Road, London, NW6 2JG
An opportunity for visitors of all ages to try out the versatile craft of papermaking using local
plant fibres – nettle, geranium, iris leaf and more.

Locally Grown Cut Flowers, Plants and Seed Market
28 May, 10am – 2pm
Henley Town Hall
The Flower Union will set up a market of locally grown cut flowers, plants and seeds. British
growers will be on hand to answer questions about growing flowers and florists will
demonstrate how to make beautiful hand tied bouquets. British Flowers seeds and potted
British Flowers arrangements will also be for sale.

Chelsea Fringe 2016, Flora Flotilla, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames

Chelsea Fringe 2016, Flora Flotilla, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames

19th Century English Scent
1 June, 3pm-4pm
Booking essential
Town House, 5 Fournier Street, London, E1 6QE
Lizzie Olstrom, or Odette Toilette, has been changing the way we think about scent for the
past six years and will be giving a talk on 20th century perfume and the simulation of nature.
Olstrom has created sensory experiences for many brands, galleries and museums including
Aesop, the British Museum and Somerset House and is author of the book, Perfume: a
century of scents.

The Scented Room
2 June, 3pm-4pm

Chelsea Fringe 2016. The Scented Room, Town House, East London

Chelsea Fringe 2016. The Scented Room, Town House, East London

Perfume in Georgian London
31 May, 3pm-4pm

Perfume: A Century of Scents
5 June, 3-4pm
Booking essential
Town House, 5 Fournier Street, London, E1 6QE

Stephen Nelson is a plantsman and perfumer who specialises in re-creating historic
fragrances. For this series of three talks he will focus on the English garden and its direct
link to perfume over the past four centuries.

See here for Chelsea Fringe 2015

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