Things to do during Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Here's this year's selection of horticulturally themed activities to enjoy during Chelsea Flower Show week - even if you don't have tickets to the show itself. 


Inspired by the horticultural bonanza that is the Chelsea Flower Show? Here's some other garden related activities taking place in London during flower show week.


Chelsea Fringe 
18 May- 9 June 2013

There's over 200 events taking place as part of this year's Chelsea Fringe, including exhibitions, installations, guided walks and community activities taking place all over London - and beyond. Anything goes – as long as it’s about gardens, flowers, edible plants or the landscape.



Chelsea In Bloom 2013:
20-25 May 2013

This year’s theme is ‘Decades’ and celebrates the centenary year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Take a tour around Chelsea's shops and see the beautiful floral displays, which will reflect iconic periods of British design, while taking inspiration from participating retailers’ archives from the past 100 years.



The Botanist’s Oyster and Joseph Perrier Champagne Bar pop-up:
21- 25 May 2013

The Botanist are celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show by planting a pearl of a pop-up bar in the middle of Sloane Square. They will be offering an elegant Oyster and Joseph Perrier Champagne Bar in the Square, with mouth-watering fresh oysters and bubbling champagne, complete with performances from the Dixie Ticklers.




Guided walking tour - Native British Woodland
Until 24 May 2013, daily at 12 noon

Take a break from the flower show by taking a tour of some beautiful gardens in Kew Gardens; the walking tour will take you into the Kew’s Conservation Area to look at the native plants that thrive in late spring before the summer arrives.



Duke of York Square Market
25 May 2013

The Saturday Market at the Duke of York Square will be taking part in Chelsea in Bloom this year but in a slightly different way. Instead of creating floral displays, the market traders will be creating delicious foods with a floral inspiration. Here are a few of the floral inspired foods that you can try at the market:

Drop the Juice has created a new organic ginger and rose syrup for the Chelsea Flower Show, perfect for a summer’s day.

Yumchaa has created a floral themed tea. It is a green tea fused with elderberry, apple and lemon flavours, sunflowers, rose, blue mallow and peonies.

All of Crumbs and Dollies cupcakes will have a floral 
theme, whether in decoration or in flavour. They will be vanilla rose, 
lavender caramel and violet as well as their more traditional favourites. Their stall will also be decorated like a garden in bloom.

The Big Dipper is creating a special dip inspired by the 'artisan garden' (one of the show garden categories at the flower show). The 'Chelsea Stinger' dip is made from pea, asparagus and wild stinging nettles from the local park.

Karantania Delicatessen will be making two mouthwatering products for Chelsea in Bloom inspired by Mother Nature. One will be Potted Bread, made with roast peppers 
and cheese, then an Edible Earth Cake for chocolate lovers.

The menu at Manicomio will be transformed during the event into a floral feast. Choices include a nasturtium, 
dandelion and hens egg salad with anchovy dressing as a starter. 
Followed by a choice of grilled swordfish with panzanella 
and lime leaves, sheep ricotta and borage ravioli with fennel pollen and chive flowers or Devon beef onglet with 
misticanza and horseradish. Then for dessert a choice of jasmin tea tiramisu or strawberries, elderflower jelly and rose ice cream.



Green Fuse: The Work of Dan Pearson
23 May - 20 October 2013
The Garden Museum's latest exhibition looks at the work of Dan Pearson, one of the most significant landscape and garden designers working today. The exhibition explores the breadth and depth of Dan Pearson’s landscape design, tracing his work as a plantsman and designer, and focusing on a number of key projects and their inspiration.




NEW LAUNCH Demarquette Fine Chocolates
Demarquette fine chocolates are launching a vegetable and garden herb collection inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show. Called the ‘Britannia’s Kitchen Collection’ it includes a selection of caramels in lots of unusual flavours such as dark chocolate with sea salt, carrot and rosemary; dark chocolate with fennel and honey; dark chocolate with garden mint; milk chocolate with roasted peppers and olive oil; dark chocolate with hot chilli and lastly milk chocolate with thyme.
Order online for UK delivery.





The Art of the Garden
Until end of June
Ongoing exhibition at Ashdown Gallery (Forest Row, East Sussex) of botanically inspired art from a selection of artists, plus talks and demonstrations. On 25 May (11am-1pm) artist Carne Griffiths will lead a 'Drawing Nature' workshop using his signature style of working in unusual liquids such as tea, brandy, whiskey and vodka. More information on 01342 823761.


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