Chelsea Fringe Festival: what's on this week (May 24-29)

Pattie Barron highlights what's on at the Chelsea Fringe Festival this week (May 24-29)
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Edible wildflower meadows at Broadgate
May 24:
Organic gardeners Millefleurs display their edible wildflower meadow at Broadgate from 7.30-9.30am, 12noon-2pm and 4.30pm-6.30pm; the chef at Piccolino, Exchange Square, will create dishes and cocktails from the meadow.

Guerrilla gardening tour of Elephant & Castle
May 25:
London's chief guerrilla gardener, Richard Reynolds, heads a walking tour around the Elephant & Castle, 11am-12.30pm, showing the streets he and his troops have been tending; meet at centre of the Elephant & Castle roundabout.

The Garden of Abandon, N5
May 26:
The Garden of Abandon, a four-hour entertainment of poetry, music and magic, stars the Hanging Gardener of Babylon; bars and food stalls, 4pm-8pm, at the Olden Community Garden, Whistler Street, N5; book on

Hidden Garden Art Show, NW3
May 26

Meet multi-award winning glass artist and graphic designer Lisa Pettibone at the Hidden Garden Art Show, the Maureen Michaelson Gallery, 17 Belsize Lane, NW3, from 2pm-5.3opm. Visitors can chat to Lisa about all aspects of her work, from inspiration to technical details. The outdoor sculptures are not as fragile as you might think: they are carefully supported by steel, concrete or wood.

Life Under the Surface at the Horniman Museum, SE23
May 27:
Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road SE23, hosts Life Under the Surface, 11am-3pm, a child-friendly craft workshop that celebrates the variety of wildlife living in urban ponds; in partnership with charity Froglife.

May 28:
Hahahopscotch runs an afternoon of traditional children's garden games from sack races to egg and spoon; Coram's Fields, 93 Guilford St, WC1, 1pm-5pm.

Arbour in the Harbour
Until June 9: this summery Chelsea Fringe installation at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour is made from new fabrics and wallpapers in fresh spring colours
Urban bird watching
May 29:
go urban bird watching in a Brixton garden that has its own feathered flock including a Colombian parrot; from 6.30pm-11pm, 225a Brixton Road, SW9. Tickets £3.50 on door, or in advance from; proceeds to National Gardens Scheme charities.

Arbour in the Harbour, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
Until June 9

All the fun of the flower is at the Design Centre's glass-domed "Arbour in the Harbour" at the end of Lots Road, Chelsea, SW3 (call 020 7225 9166 or visit

This summery Chelsea Fringe festival installation (; open until June 9) is made from new fabrics and wallpapers in fresh spring colours.

Follow the summer living design trail around the 99 showrooms at the centre to find a bountiful bouquet of fabrics, papers, and more, plus interior design tips.
By Barbara Chandler

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