The Chelsea Fringe 2013

Here’s a fantastic list of events for Chelsea Fringe from Saturday May 18th until Sunday June 9th, and here are just a few to tempt you.

Credit for the information, photos, and text: Naomi Schillinger, Out of my Shed

Deborah Nagan's garden May 2013

Here’s a fantastic list of events that are happening every day this week as part of the Chelsea Fringe and one-off events happening over the next week too. There’ll be plenty more to see and visit over the next few weeks, from Saturday May 18th until Sunday June 9th, and here are just a few to tempt you. Above is Deborah Nagan’s garden, open as Brixton Nights as part of the Fringe.

Sumptuous sunken level in Deborah Nagan's garden May 2013

You can visit 225a Brixton Road down in South London every Tuesday and Wednesday night 6.30-10.30pm for the next three weeks-and it’s a real treat.

Raspberries as a screen in Deborah Nagan's garden May 2013

It’s a beautifully designed contemporary garden,with fruit canes and fruit trees providing plenty of screening from the neighbours and a sunken garden (complete with pool and rill) for a quiet retreat.

Raised beds in Deborah Nagan's garden

Thoughtful strips of raised beds create many planting possibilities throughout the garden and are populated with a joyous mixture of ornamentals, fruit and veg. There’s hear tell of weird goings on in the shed and a nightime, fizzier, alternative to the usual NGS tea and cakes will be available.

Birds singing out in Deborah Nagan's garden

Tickets are £3.50 each with proceeds going to the charities supported by the NGS and tickets can be bought in advance from to avoid possible cues on the door.

Tulips at The Inner Temple Garden

Just north of the river, Andrea Brunnsendorf and her team at The Inner Temple Gardens will be organising a dog show and much more for It’s a dogs life in the garden from 2-5pm on June 9th. Have a look at their website for details of their dog competition, cake baking competition, a garden quiz and guessing games-all with prizes galore.

Tulips and alliums at the Inner Temple Garden

At the moment the Inner Temple Gardens are looking resplendent with sumptuous combinations of tulips, alliums and forget-me-nots,

Ferns and Narcisus poeticus at the Inner Temple garden

(and also their vibrant woodland planting), but will be transformed again in time for the dog show with their new summer bedding. Worth visiting now (weekdays 12.30-3pm) and again on June 9th I reckon!

Chelsea Fringe Cake Sunday-giving away seeds

And last of this first round-up is our own Chelsea Fringe Cake Sunday. Do come and join us in Finsbury Park on Sunday 2nd June, 2-4pm.

Cups and Cakes

There’ll be oodles of tea and home-made cakes plus a number of small happenings and installations in the vicinity.

Elephant herds in Finsbury Park

Marvel at our topiary herd of elephants and see Tim Bushe give a topiary demonstration at 2.30pm. Join in with seed bomb making, be dazzled by our disco ball glam-rockery and enjoy free vegetable seeds, a botanical art exhibition in our local green grocers,

Publicity Portraits

and hear Jo Stephenson from ‘Can you dig it’ sing songs about slugs other horticultural themes in a front garden on our street. You’ll also be able to catch both Jo and Dan at Oxford House in Bethnal Green on Saturday, June 8th. Tickets bookable for the duo from here.

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