This year’s event extends well beyond London

Chelsea Fringe Festival begins in mid May

The fourth annual Chelsea Fringe Festival begins on 14 May and the organisers are inviting anyone interested in gardening, growing and landscape to get involved, as a visitor or an exhibitor.

The festival has already attracted a large number of diverse participants including guerrilla gardeners, artists and crafters, the latter category including dry stone wallers and 'triffid makers'. Venues include front gardens, community gardens, Temple Gardens and even the River Thames.

On 16 May, the Covent Garden Flower Market will reveal ‘What lies behind The Wall’. Attendees are promised insider access to the market.

Another event is  Pickup a Stitch, which takes place on Sunday 7 June in the Inner Temple Gardens. This pop-up knitting club invites people of all ages to create colourful wool decorations for the garden’s trees and statues. 
 
Chelsea Fringe visitors and even passers-by will have the chance to plant their own tomato plants at The Happy Seeds Festival near New Cross Gate on 16 May, and The Tomato Planting Extravaganza will feature 100 varieties of tomato plant/seeds available for purchase and planting. Local school children will also be selling tomato seedlings grown at their school gardens, and tomato gardening experts and helpers will be available to share gardening tips. 
 
The summer fair in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park near Mile End, on 6 June,  will offer visitors a celebration of woodland crafts and local heritage. Activities will include basket weaving, rickshaw riding and face painting.
 
And it’s not all about London: the Chelsea Fringe has grown beyond the capital and includes for example, in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, 'An Evening of Floral Couture and Cocktails'. Event host florist Jo Wise will create a fresh flower dress inspired by a Matisse painting. A mixologist will create fresh flower cocktails.
 
On 1 June, in Bristol, Pick up Pollination seeks to draw bees to the city. An upcycled Mitsubishi pick-up truck will be loaded with edible plants ready for pollination. The event ‘invites and celebrates the inclusion of bees and other insects that are beneficial to plants and humans, in local gardens’.

Satellite Fringes registered for 2015 cover several other places in and beyond the UK, including Brighton, Cambridge, Bath, Norwich, Kent, Milan, Bergamot, Brescia, Florence, Melbourne, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Ljubljana.  
 
Projects can register for the Chelsea Fringe until 6 June.

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