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Chelsea Fringe

Chelsea Fringe Festival in London


Season:
Summer


Location:
London, UK


Credits:
GAP Photos/Paul Debois/Writer: Camilla Phelps


Feature No:   657 

Qty of Images:    152 

 



 
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Synopsis
What if the Chelsea Flower Show could take over the whole of London, transforming the city into a gardening metropolis for a few weeks each year? This is the vision of Tim Richardson, director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. In its first year, driven by the energy of a dedicated band of volunteers, the Fringe captured the imagination of hundreds of people from May 19 to June 10, setting the stage for an annual event.

The team of Chelsea Fringers included top garden designers such as Brita von Schoenaich, budding designers, horticultural and gardening enthusiasts and groups across the city. Together they transformed a total of 100 spaces around London. Some were designed as temporary gardens, some were just the beginning of more permanent projects, from community and guerilla gardening projects, to pop-up restaurants and shops, performances and art installations. This was a multi-faceted celebration of gardening in all its forms. St Leonard's Church in East London which features in the traditional 'Oranges and Lemons' nursery rhyme, was transformed into a citrus-themed urban oasis. The Bicycling Beer Garden travelled about town providing refreshments and floral entertainment. The Edible High Road brought together over 50 shops in West London to create a high street orchard under the guidance of Abundance London, who replanted the trees local streets, schools and parks after the festival. The Idler's Grove is a new café garden, launched as part of the Fringe and inspired by a medieval herb garden. The Garden of Disorientation designed by Deborah Nagan brought scent and colour to a former meat-packing yard.

 

 

 
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