Returning for a fifth edition, the Chelsea Fringe (the alternative garden festival) has announced what to expect from this year’s festival, running from the 21st May to the 12th June.

This unique festival will bring together a wide range of events covering art, design, poetry, music, science and food with a horticultural focus for thee weeks, that will take place not only in London but across the UK.

The emerging themes for this year’s fringe include health and well-being, wild food is the new street food and the decorative art of flower arranging.

Festival founder-director Tim Richardson, says: “For 2016 we are more confident than ever that events in the Fringe will be fun, thought-provoking and of high quality. Community gardening remains at the heart of the festival, but the Fringe is pushing harder than ever at the boundaries of what gardens and gardening can mean.” 

Some of the highlights from this year includes:

Heywood and Condie’s Greenhouse – the pair have created a piece of sculptural architecture on the forecourt of Royal British Society of Sculptors consisting of a greenhouse constructed from discarded 18th and 19th stained glass.

Borough Market: Find and Feast – or how about joining urban forager, Ceri Buckmaster, on a wild food walk around Southwark and discover how to identify seasonal plants and flowers in some unexpected locations. You then finish the morning at the demonstration kitchen in Borough Market and learn how to cook delicious recipes using them with chef and food blogger Celia Brooks.

Behind the Wall – New Covent Garden Flower Market are offering free tours behind the scenes of the UK’s largest flower market. Visitors will get to see what inspires London’s florists and learn about the market’s history.

For more information on what to expect from this year’s festival visit: http://www.chelseafringe.com/.

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