Chelsea Fringe 20 May – 4 June

The al­ter­na­tive gar­den festival is back for its sixth year, with a host of na­tion­wide and in­ter­na­tional arts and com­mu­nity events cel­e­brat­ing the joy of plants

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Float­ing Pocket Park

Tony Woods of gar­den and land­scape de­sign spe­cial­ist, the Gar­den Club has de­signed a 730 square me­tre float­ing park on the Grand Union Canal. Lo­cated in Padding­ton Basin, west Lon­don, the park con­sists of a series of in­ter­lock­ing float­ing plat­forms and walk­ways with open lawn ar­eas, com­mu­nal seat­ing and di­verse plant­ing to en­cour­age wildlife and birds. Its launch will tie in with the Chelsea Fringe and in­clude special events. • When From 20 May. Mer­chant Square,

Padding­ton Basin, Lon­don W2 1JS. • Tel 020 7298 0800. • Web mer­chantsquare.co.uk

Ur­ban Eden

Three squares close to Lon­don’s Liver­pool Street Sta­tion are to be trans­formed into themed gar­dens with a fo­cus on health, vi­tal­ity and well­be­ing for Broadgate’s Ur­ban Eden cam­paign. Broadgate Plaza, Fins­bury Av­enue Square and Ex­change Square will be host­ing open-air work­outs, mood-boost­ing mas­sages and art ex­hi­bi­tions in a bid to cre­ate a stim­u­lat­ing green space in the City. • When 20 May – 4 June, 9am-5pm.

Lon­don EC2M. • Tel 020 7505 4100. • Web broadgate.co.uk/Ex­changeSquare

A Gar­den in a Teacup

Take part in a tea-tast­ing cer­e­mony in Lon­don’s Spi­tal­fields and learn how to cre­ate spe­cially blended tea in­fu­sions to ben­e­fit your health and well­be­ing. • When 3 June, 11.30am-1pm. £15.

5 Fournier Street, Lon­don E1 6QE. • Tel 020 7247 4745. • Web town­hous­espi­tal­fields.com

El Jardín de Papel

The Rebecca Hos­sack Art Gallery will host award-winning poet Ed­ward Barker for an evening of po­etry read­ing on the theme of flow­ers and gar­dens. The read­ing will take place amid the work of Span­ish artist Mer­suka Dopazo who cre­ates large-scale flo­ral col­lages us­ing hand-made pa­pers and fabrics cov­ered in gar­den mo­tifs. • When 25 May, 6-7.30pm. 2a Con­way Street,

Fitzroy Square, Lon­don W1T 6BA. • Tel 020 7436 4899. • Web re­bec­c­a­hos­sack.com

Daisy-Chain Trail

De­signed by lo­cal radio sta­tion Corinium Radio, the tour of Cirences­ter’s com­mu­nity gar­dens and al­lot­ments opens with a pop-up gar­den at the Abbey Grounds Band­stand on 20 May and con­cludes with a flower tea

Discover how to mix your own herbal and flo­ral teas at a Gar­den in a Teacup. Head to the Rebecca Hos­sack Gallery for a flo­ral mix of po­etry and art. Padding­ton Basin will be home to the Float­ing Pocket Park, com­plete with lawns, seat­ing and flower beds.

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