Highlights of the Chelsea Fringe 2023
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, 20-28 May 2023.
Chelsea Fringe 2023
1 . Cranbrook Goes Nuts
Join us once again in our beautiful market town in Kent where the High Street will be closed to traffic but open to celebrate gardens and gardening.
When: 28 May.
Where: High Street, Cranbrook Kent TN17 3ED
2. Natural Ink Making Workshop
Ink making workshop taught by Amanda Thesiger (www.amandathesiger.com) using material gathered from the gardens of Doddington Place Gardens including leaves and flowers. Using a variety of tools and ingredients to process, prepare, preserve and draw with the inks such as pipettes, gum arabic, evergreen or essential oils.
When: 26 May.
Where: Doddington Place Gardens, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0BB, UK.
3. Urban Flora Trail at Crossbones Graveyard
Take a self-guided garden trail around one of London's most intriguing spaces, Crossbones Graveyard - a former burial ground turned community remembrance garden. See what you can find growing and hear more about the garden’s history from our Crossbones volunteer wardens. Crossbones is an urban walled green haven cared for by Bankside Open Spaces Trust and their volunteers. It features a mix of self-seeded and cultivated plants. This event can be enjoyed by all and is suitable for children.
When: 27 May.
Where: Crossbones Graveyard, Redcross Way, London, SE1 1TA.
4. Bee Bins, Planting a Wilder Mile
Come and help us turn nine ugly metal bins into beautiful eco-friendly planters. This project is part of the Wilder Mile, where we are increasing biodiversity in one square mile of Southwark.
When: 20 - 28 May.
Where: SE1, 124-126 The Cut, London SE1 8LN, UK.
5. Handful of Herbs
A handy herb focused event in the secret Tate Modern Community Garden. Visit the garden to learn a bit more about herbs - how we use them now and what they were used for in the past. See some of the herbs growing in this small garden and have a taste and smell of some selected by the gardeners from Bankside Open Spaces Trust. An event to be enjoyed by all and suitable for children.
When: 20 May.
Where: Tate Community Garden, Park St, London SE1 9JE, UK.
The Chelsea Fringe takes place 20-28 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.
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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