Highlights of the Chelsea Fringe and Flower Show

It’s that time of year again – hundreds of green-fingered gardeners and horticultural experts will be taking over Chelsea – as well as other parts of the UK – to celebrate Chelsea Flower Show and its quirky sister event, the Chelsea Fringe Festival. A lot of what you can expect is still under wraps, but here is a sneaky peak of just some of the events and show gardens you should look out for this year.
Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show: May 19th to 23rd

Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability garden

Prince Harry’s charity ‘Sentebale’, a charity dedicated to helping impoverished and parentless children in Lesotho, will be exhibiting a garden for the second time this year after last year’s success. Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, aims to raise awareness of the charity’s work in providing healthcare and education to Lesotho’s most vulnerable children. The garden will give visitors a taste of Lesotho and the vibrant atmosphere of the camp and will include a rocky waterscape feature, representative of the mountainous terrain in this part of southern Africa.

The M&G Garden – The Retreat

Award-winning designer, Jo Thompson, returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a Main Avenue garden, title The Retreat. The mini oasis will feature a double-storey oak-framed building, a natural dipping pool and swathes of roses, irises and geraniums sweeping through the garden. The show garden will also feature eye-catching stone sculptures by artist Tom Stogdon.

Chelsea Fringe: May 16th to June 7th

House Plant Cemetery

This year, one event to look out for is the quirky House Plant Cemetery, hosted by The Idler in Notting Hill in partnership with gardener Alys Fowler. This is an area where festival-goers are encouraged to bring along dead house plants with an epitaph for a public burial. If you had a particular fondness for houseplant that you were sad to see shrivel up, then bring it here!

Honeycomb meadow

A meadow of wildflowers, designed by River of Flowers to highlight the importance of creating bee-friendly habitats in our urban environment, will be appearing in Millennium Square for the Chelsea Fringe in Bristol. An installation of interlinking, moveable hexagonal planters is a joint collaboration with partners BeeBristol.

Strictly Gardening

Haywards Heath’s community fun event is set for Saturday 16th May and this year’s theme is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Gardening expert and TV personality Charlie Dimmock will open the proceedings, as well as being part of the celebrity Gardener’s Panel, chaired by Jean Griffin of BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey, for a public Question Time on all things green.

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To raise awareness of just how many everyday garden plants and flowers can be toxic to our beloved pets, we are creating the world’s most dangerous garden for cats and dogs at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The garden will contain all manner of plants and flowers from British gardens that could be toxic to our beloved pets. Come along and take a look from 5th June. For obvious reasons, there are strictly no pets allowed in the garden at any time - only humans allowed!

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