Coming to Bristol on 21 May – 12 June, the Chelsea Fringe returns to Bristol for the fifth year, offering three weeks of installations, talks and horticultural tips for the more green fingered among us…

Launched by Tim Richardson, this community interest event was created to generate fresh interest in both veteran and budding gardeners across the UK.  Independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Chelsea Fringe is dedicated to showcasing the very best in British gardening.  From avant-garde installations to local, community-based gardens, the festival aims to inspire the great Bristol public with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for gardening, and horticulture.

Events Include…

21 May – The Tropical Giant Watering Can

Cleeve Nursery will be displaying its giant watering can at Bristol Airport, filled with a colourful array of seasonal blooms.  The message encompassed in the display will be focused on the benefits of plants in offsetting our carbon footprint.

21 May – The Grand Bristol Honeycomb Bee Hotel

Discover what makes The Grand Bristol Honeycomb Bee Hotel so unique.  Solitary bees are invited to make their home inside this hexagonal, interlinking system of bee hotels – to be located in Millennium Square throughout the Chelsea Fringe in Bristol.

Designed by River of Flowers and BeeBristol, it is definitely worth a visit.  Highlighting the importance of maintaining the honey bee population, it is also an essential educational tool for younger bee-lovers, too.


Credit: Andrew Maybury

22 May – Do Trees Talk?  And If So, Do They Talk To Bees?

Exploring the idea that trees communicate with one another, and the natural world, River of Flowers and BeeBristol will present a documentary film ‘In the Mind of Plants’ at Bristol’s The Cube Cinema.

The film will be followed by an audience discussion with panellists from both sides of the Atlantic.

For tickets (£4 – £5):

May 29 – Dunleavy Vineyards and Somerset Flower Farm

Join Ingrid Bates from Dunleavy Vineyards, and Mandy Parker from the Somerset Flower Farm, for a session of wine tasting at the Wrington site.  Visitors will be able to see the vineyards that produce the coveted, award winning Pinot noir rosé produced at Dunleavy Vineyards.  There will also be the chance to move to the barn at Somerset Flower Farm to discover the secrets behind growing, supplying and arranging seasonal flowers.

The event is free to attend, but you must register your attendance by emailing:

June 11 – Foraging Walk and Hearty Supper 

Join Martin Bailey for a morning of coastal foraging along The Poet’s Walk in Clevedon.  You’ll discover delicious, seasonal vegetables and wild herbs, before enjoying a vegetarian feast with the rest of the group.

Get Growing Garden Trail

From Saturday 4 June – Sunday 5 June, the Get Growing Garden Trail will give you the opportunity to explore Bristol’s secret gardens and their fruit and veg plots tucked away within the city.

Included in this year’s Get Growing Garden Trail, will be a whole range of local, community garden projects:

  • The Community Farm, Chew Magna
  • Elm Tree Farm, Stapleton
  • Bramble Farm Community Smallholding, Stockwood Crescent
  • Leigh Court Farm, Abbots Leigh
  • Let’s Grow Community Garden and Allotment, Knowle
  • St George Park Community Garden, St George
  • Totterdown Sprouting, Totterdown
  • Windmill Hill City Farm, Windmill Hill

There will also be the opportunity to join one of the regular workdays at a growing group near you – just head to the website for further information where you will find the flyer and more detailed information:

For further information on the Chelsea Fringe in Bristol: