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12 February 2013

Chelsea Fringe looks East for green-fingered enthusiasts

CHELSEA Fringe returns to Hackney this summer and is looking for innovative artists, gardeners and landscape designers to contribute to this celebration of plants and growing spaces across London.

Last year, there were over 100 projects and events in venues all over the capital. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in Hackney held a flower show with an emphasis on edible plants, while the De Beauvoir Gardeners' teamed up with Hackney Council to brighten public spaces with colourful pop-up flower beds and pots.

The Fringe, with support from the Chelsea Flower Show, has an ‘open access vision’: as long as the project is legal; inspired by gardening, plants or landscapes and is interesting to look at or interact with, then they want to hear from you.

Tim Richardson, founder and director of the Fringe, said: “After the success of 2012, we’re gearing up for the Chelsea Fringe 2013 to be bigger and better. We have secured some fantastic venues, ranging from Battersea Power Station to the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, and are attracting entries from all over the world.

“We may be a baby compared to the 100-year-old Chelsea Flower Show, but what we lack in age, we make up for in innovation: people involved in the Fringe are pushing the edges of our ideas of what gardens and landscapes, flowers and plants can be about, and that’s incredibly exciting.”

Registration for Chelsea Fringe 2013 is now open. The festival runs from 18 May to 9 June.

Visit the Chelsea Fringe website for more information

Dalston Eastern Curve garden was part of Chelsea Fringe last year

Dalston Eastern Curve garden was part of Chelsea Fringe last year

Dalston Eastern Curve garden was part of Chelsea Fringe last year

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