Ændrew’s top Chelsea Fringe picks

May 7, 2012

The Chelsea Fringe is an event running from 19 May 2012 to 10 June 2012 celebrating local gardening initiatives and meant to be an alternative to the better-known and somewhat exclusive Chelsea Flower Show. This is the first year it’s running and there’s a lot going on.

Here are some of the events we’re looking forward to most, in no particular order:

  • Chelsea Fringe Garden Party
    • Kicking off the Chelsea Fringe is a party at the Garden Museum. Music by Little Sparta, DJ sets by Richard Reynolds and Alan Boyd. Includes a 19th century-style barn dance, visual art by Jigantics and an afternoon tea.
      •  Tickets £6-£8. 21 May, 3 p.m. until late. Garden Museum — 5 Lambeth Palace Road.
  • Bicycling Beer Garden
    • This “beer garden” is pulled by bicycles and includes flowers planted in all sorts of boozy implements. Much more literal than it sounds!
      • Free, throughout the festival. Varying location.
  • Idler’s Grove
    • A medieval-styled garden that is sure to please your nose with its strong-smelling herbs.
      • 19 May to 10 June, closed Mondays. The Idler Academy — 81 Westbourne Park Road.
  • Front Line Tour of Guerrilla Gardens of SE1
    • A tour around the guerilla gardens near Elephant and Castle, hosted by the original guerilla gardener, Richard Reynolds.
      • 20 May, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Meet at the centre of the north roundabout, Elephant and Castle. Limited numbers, please RSVP.
  • Edible Olympics, Spitalfields City Farm
    • Daily farm-oriented athletic events, ranging from vegetable sculpting to a “fruit high jump” (What that is, we have absolutely no idea — but it sounds awesome).
      • 2 June to 9 June. Timetable here Free. Spitalfields City Farm — Buxton Street , E1 5AR.
  • Greenhouse Blues and Song
    • Winetasting, flowers and blues music — a fantastic combination!
  • Vertical Garden Towers
    • Exhibit at the Garden Museum showcasing vertical gardens.
      • 19 May to 16 June. Garden Museum — 5 Lambeth Palace Road.
  • Jazz and Art in Canons Park
    • Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Canons Park garden with a tree planting and live jazz band.
    • 10 June, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Part of Open Garden Squares weekend (tickets). Canons Park garden — Donnefield Avenue,  HA8 6RH.

Map of Chelsea Fringe events, via ChelseaFringe.com