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Foxgloves at the Inner Temple Garden
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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. Let's suppose...

Artist Maggie Learmonth laments the loss of small urban front gardens, and reflects on what could happen if all front gardens had at least a green hedge, in this free exhibition of paintings and drawings. Come along, meet the artist and try your hand at line drawings.

When: 21 May, 11am-6pm; 22 May, 12-5pm. 

Where: Cave Pimlico, Stourhead House, London SW1V 2QP. 

Tel: 020 7592 9155.

Web: maggielearmonth.net

4. Riverside wildflower walk

Join a guided walk around the Mill and Marsh Meadows nature conservation area of the river Thames, led by Greener Henley’s wildflower expert Sally Rankin.

When: 24 May, 10.30am.

Where: Meet at Mill Lane car park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 4HD.

Web: greenerhenley.org.uk 

5. Meditation and mindfulness in London's secret garden 

Find a moment of quiet in the Inner Temple Garden. Take part in guided meditation sessions and gong baths led by Nick Stolerman, or just relax on one of the deckchairs on the lawn. 

When: 22 May, 12-4pm. 

Where: Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7HB.

Tel: 020 7797 8250.

Web: innertemple.org.uk

Foxgloves at the Inner Temple Garden
© Paul Debois

6. Henley Quakers' peaceful garden 

Enjoy a cup of tea, a slice of cake and the sounds and scents of this hidden garden in the heart of Henley-on-Thames. 

When: 22 May, 2-5pm. 

Where: Henley Friends Meeting House, 45 Northfield End, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2EA.

Web: midthamesquakers.org.uk

7. 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

8. 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.

© Chelsea Fringe

9. What is a food forest?

Take a guided walk through an orchard in Naples and learn about all the fruit trees planted there. Entering the first-ever Food Forest in Naples, visitors will have the opportunity to taste the different fruits and wander along the terraces, imagining how the forest will grow over time. Email info@nseayet.org to book your place on a walk. 

When: 21 May, 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

Where: Il futteto N’Sea Yet, Via Girolamo Santacroce, 19, 80129 Naopli NA, Italy. 

Web: nseayet.org 

10. Evening foraging walk at Great Dixter

Join experienced forager and lecturer Michael Wachter for an exclusive evening walk around Great Dixter with a focus on edible wild plants. Expect fire, music, wild tea foraged during the evening, and cake. Meet at the nursery.

When: 21 May, 5-7pm

Where: Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH.

Web: greatdixter.co.uk

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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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