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Highlights of the Chelsea Fringe 2022

Published: May 4, 2022 at 1:41 pm

The Chelsea Flower Show’s rebellious younger sibling continues to grow in strength with a series of alternative garden-themed events held internationally – including art installations, poetry readings and meditation – that delight and intrigue in equal measure. Photograph Paul Debois

Here are just a few of the many events that will be hosted over the course of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, 21-29 May 2022.

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Chelsea Fringe 2022

1 .Webs, threads, roots and fibres in the Scottish landscape

Panels of woven plants and fibres will transform a suburban front garden in Edinburgh. All can be viewed from the public pavement.

When: 21-29 May.

Where: 21 Braid Mount, Edinburgh EH10 6JH.

RHS / Luke MacGregor

2. Picture! Picture! Seattle!

For the first time, the US city of Seattle is hosting events for the Fringe. Among the more unusual is a series of 25 disarming images of Miles Nevler, who has posed as horticultural heros, including Daniel J Hinkley and Vita Sackville-West, that will be displayed on random telephone poles in the International District of downtown Seattle. If Seattle is a little too far to travel, you can always view the images online.

When: 21-29 May.

Where: International District/ Chinatown, Seattle, Washington, WA 98104, USA.

Picture! Picture! Seattle!
© Miles Nevler

3. The Wild Collective

An artistic collaboration nurturing creative responses to nature. Hosted in the gardens and glasshouses of Omved gardens in Highgate.

When: 24 - 29 May, Tuesday to Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Where: Omved Gardens, Townsend Yard, London N6 5JF

Web: wild-collective.com

4. Living Skeletons

Photography exhibition that showcases the champions of our ecosystem - the plant structures that are wildlife oases throughout the colder months.

When: 25 - 29 May, 10am - 4pm

Where: Vestry Garden Cafe, Vestry House Museum, 5 Vestry Road, London, E17 9NH

Web: forestflora.co.uk

5. A visual joy of botanical prints on clay

Seattle based ceramic artist Laura Brodax opens her studio doors for the Chelsea Fringe to showcase her botanically inspired ceramics.

When: 26 - 29 May, 12 - 6pm

Where: 14800 Westminster Way N, Shoreline, Seattle, WA 98177, USA

Web: modernglaze.com

6. BTG Dog Show

Blackstock Triangle Gardeners are hosting their second Dog Show. There will be canine prizes up for grabs as well as free plants, seeds and oodles of coffee and cakes.

When: 29 May, 2 - 5pm

Where: 52 - 60 Ambler Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2QR

Web: eventbrite.co.uk

Chelsea Fringe (Cake Sunday) Dog Show https://outofmyshed.co.uk/btg

7. Shakespeare in the wild: urban forest bathing

The Botanical Shakespeare team have created an immersive indoor nature experience that will inspire guests to interact with the nature in urban environments.

When: 21 - 29 May, 10am - 5pm with variations on weekends

Where: 62 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AR

Web: botanicalshalespeare.com

8. A pop up garden to stimulate your senses

For Mental Health Awareness Month and in celebration of the Chelsea Fringe and the Jubilee, the Northbank BID has created a sensory garden for the local community.

When: 21 - 29 May, 10am - 7pm

Where: Courtyard at St Martin in the Fields, 12 Adelaide Street, London, WC2N 4HZ

Web: thenorthbank.london

9. Music garden party

Listen to different genres of music – from a swing band to a renaissance choir – as you explore through the different areas of the Olden Community Garden, a two-acre green space in Islington, with woodland, orchard and vegetable gardens. Tickets £5, cash only.

When: 29 May, 2-6pm.

Where: Olden Community Garden, opposite 22 Whistler Street, London N5 1NH.

Web: oldengarden.org

10. Poems from the heart of the urban forest

Poets from Southwark & Greenwich Poetry Stanza groups will give readings of poems about growth and regeneration, celebrating life within London’s urban forest.

When: 28 May, 11am-4pm.

Where: Red Cross Garden, Redcross Way, London SE1 1HA.

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The Chelsea Fringe takes place 21-29 May. Find more events at chelseafringe.com and follow @thechelseafringe on Instagram; @ChelseaFringe on Twitter; and @chelseafringe on Facebook. Please check event details with venue before travelling.

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Molly Blair
Molly Blaireditorial and digital assistant

Molly is the Gardens Illustrated's editorial and digital assistant. She has a roof garden and has her RHS level 2.

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