Chelsea Fringe 19-27 May

A show­case of events cel­e­brat­ing the joy of gar­den­ing and plants, from com­mu­nity projects and thought-pro­vok­ing films to curious in­stal­la­tions and art ex­hi­bi­tions

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1 Ur­ban Tree Fes­ti­val: Mind­ful­ness in the City

Take a mind­ful walk in the com­pany of yoga and mind­ful­ness teacher Mel Sut­ton, while dis­cov­er­ing some of Lon­don’s greener spa­ces.

• When 19 May, 4-5.15pm. £10. 60. St Giles

High Street, Lon­don WC2H 8LG.

• Tel 07725 555460.

• Web mu­se­u­mofwalk­

2 Chelsea Fringe at the Gef­frye Mu­seum

The Gef­frye Mu­seum in Hox­ton, east Lon­don, is ded­i­cat­ing a day to the joys of the ur­ban gar­den with veg-carv­ing and herbal tea blend­ing work­shops, mar­ket stalls and lawn games. Or you can sim­ply sit back in a deckchair and en­joy the gar­den.

• When 19 May, 10am-6pm. Gef­frye Mu­seum of the Home, 136 Kings­land Road, Lon­don E2 8EA.

• Tel 020 7749 6026.

• Web gef­frye-mu­

3 Tour de Plants

Dress your bi­cy­cle and hel­met with plants and join the guided cy­cle tour around east Lon­don’s green spa­ces. The trail be­gins and ends at the Gef­frye Mu­seum in Hox­ton and bikes are avail­able to hire.

• When 19 May, 11am-12.30pm. 136 Kings­land

Road, Hack­ney, Lon­don E2 8EA.

• Tel 020 7749 6026.

• Web gef­frye-mu­

4 Bit­ter and Twisted

Step aboard the Herb Boat, a nar­row boat moored in Hack­ney Wick, to ex­plore the his­tory of bit­ters. See and smell some of the roots, herbs, spices, bark and berries used in their pro­duc­tion and dis­cover why in­tro­duc­ing bit­ter herbs and foods into our di­ets may be ben­e­fi­cial for gut health.

• When 19-20 May, 10am-5pm. The Herb

Boat, The Slip­way, Lon­don E9 5EN.

• Tel 07769 913938.

• Web the­herb­

5 Chelsea Fever at Pen­til­lie Cas­tle

Lo­cated on the banks of the River Ta­mar in Corn­wall, Pen­til­lie Cas­tle and Es­tate is host­ing a flo­ral demon­stra­tion from Mi­randa Hack­ett Flow­ers on how to cre­ate a pretty flo­ral tablescape us­ing sea­sonal flow­ers and fo­liage, fol­lowed by tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea. All plant ma­te­ri­als used at the event will be sourced from lo­cal grow­ers and busi­nesses in Devon and Corn­wall.

• When 22 May, 11.30am-2.30pm. £39.50. Pen­til­lie Cas­tle & Es­tate, Payn­ters Cross, St Mel­lion, Sal­tash, Corn­wall PL12 6QD.

• Tel 01579 350044.

• Web­site pen­til­

6 Seed: The Un­told Story

A free screen­ing at Lon­don’s Royal Col­lege of Art of this film by Col­lec­tive Eye Films, which fol­lows five pas­sion­ate seed keep­ers, in­clud­ing Van­dana Shiva (above) and Jane Goodall, in their David and Go­liath

bat­tle with bio­chem­i­cal com­pa­nies to de­fend the fu­ture of our food.

• When 22 May, 7pm-9pm. Stu­dio RCA,

1 Hester Road, Lon­don SW11 4AN.

• Tel 020 7590 4415.

• Web

7 Plant swap

Dod­ding­ton Place Gar­dens is host­ing a plant swap in the grounds of its amaz­ing ten-acre his­toric gar­den. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to find a home for some un­wanted plants and pick up some re­place­ments to give your gar­den a new lease of life.

• When 23 May, 11am-4.30pm. £7.50. Dod­ding­ton Place Gar­dens, Dod­ding­ton, nr Sit­ting­bourne, Kent ME9 0BB.

• Tel 01795 886101.

• Web dod­ding­ton­place­gar­

8 Gor­geous: Po­etry and Art

The Re­becca Hos­sack Art Gallery is host­ing award-win­ning poet Ed­ward Barker for a po­etry-read­ing evening on the theme of gar­dens. He’ll be sur­rounded by the work of two por­trait artists: Dutch artist Bar­bara Hooge­wee­gen and Madrid­based María Tor­roba. Both will ex­plore the theme of por­trai­ture in con­trast with flo­ral mo­tifs, tex­tures and colours.

• When 24 May, 6pm-7.30pm. Re­becca

9 Plants Play Mu­sic

Hos­sack Art Gallery, 2a Con­way Street, Lon­don W1T 6BA.

• Tel 020 7436 4899.

• Web re­bec­c­a­hos­ Artist Carol Sharp demon­strates a de­vice that can read the elec­tro­mag­netic vi­bra­tion of a plant and trans­late it into mu­sic, dur­ing an in­stal­la­tion at Phy­tol­ogy, an artist led project at Beth­nal Green Na­ture Re­serve. There will be per­for­mances with in­vited mu­si­cians dur­ing the day and Carol will talk about her ex­plo­ration into plant in­tel­li­gence. You can also visit be­tween 21 and 24 May by ap­point­ment only.

• When 25-26 May, 11am-6pm. Beth­nal Green Na­ture Re­serve, Mid­dle­ton Street, Lon­don E2 9RR.

• Tel 07802 183723.

• Web car­ol­

10Waltham­stow Street Gar­den­ers

The res­i­dents of Waltham­stow in east Lon­don have taken green­ing up the streets into their own hands and have cre­ated wildflower verges, pocket parks, street­planters and a com­mu­nity food-grow­ing plot com­plete with a pizza oven. This tour takes you to some of their best-loved ar­eas and gar­den­ers from each project will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions and share their ex­pe­ri­ence of com­mu­nity gar­den­ing.

• When 26 May, 11am-1pm. Tour starts at Brown’s Green at the junc­tion be­tween Brown’s Road and Hoe Street, Lon­don E17 4RZ.

• Tel 07473 912113.

• Email helena@pold­er­

11 Feed­ing Dreams

Omved Gar­dens was re­stored in 2017 to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful event and ex­hi­bi­tion space that made use of the ex­ist­ing gar­dens and glasshouse. This year, for the Chelsea Fringe, Omved will host a se­ries called Feed­ing Dreams to con­nect peo­ple to food, plants, gar­dens and art, and run in­di­vid­ual work­shops in­clud­ing Herbs in the Gar­den with chef Arthur Potts Daw­son, who will share his ex­pe­ri­ence of how herbs are used in dishes around the world. • When 26 May – 4 June, 11am-5.30pm. Check the gar­dens web­site for date and time of in­di­vid­ual events. Omved Gar­dens, Townsend Yard, Lon­don N6 5JF.

• Tel 07949 445459.

• Web omvedgar­

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