Eclectic garden festival gets bigger every year

Sign up for the 2016 Chelsea Fringe Festival

Anyone and everyone is invited to submit events for the fifth Chelsea Fringe Festival, which will take place from 21 May to 12 June 2016.

Its broad remit covers landscape, plants, gardens and gardening, but according to the organisers: ‘As long as it’s legal, anything goes!’ Participants range from landscape professionals and community groups to artists and enthusiastic amateurs.

The Chelsea Fringe was founded by garden writer and historian Tim Richardson to complement the famous, and rather more exclusive, flower show. The aim is to encourage a broad range of people to get involved with gardens and gardening while celebrating all things horticultural.

From 100 events in 2012, the festival has already grown to 350 events in 2015 – in Bristol, Brighton, London, Kent and Henley-on-Thames – and an estimated 200,000 visitors. The festival has also spread overseas; last year there were hubs in Italy, Australia and Japan.

Registration costs from £25 and is open until the festival begins, with an early-bird discount of 10% before the 31 March. Find out more and sign up.

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