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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 studio@uncommonland.co.uk 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 planting. 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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As rain and cooler weather are predicted for the coming Jubilee weekend, I was reflecting on how lucky we were with exceptional weather for our Chelsea Fringe event last Sunday. Neighbours in our community veg growing scheme have been getting together at ‘Cake Sundays’ a couple of times a year since 2009, for a seed give-away and to catch up with each other over tea and home-made cakes. This May, as part of the Chelsea Fringe, we invited others to join us and put on a bumper spread with oodles cakes and bunting. It was a really enjoyable afternoon.

Annie (top pic) was on hand to advise on veg growing and gave away over 200 packs of seeds (and many borage and nasturtium plants too), and I was happy to talk to anyone about the delights of edible window boxes. (Giant red mustard leaf and violas above).

Nicolette had loads of visitors wanting to know more about how we started up our veg growing scheme, travelling from South London and as far as Colchester and Manchester to hear our story!

Neighbours and friends baked up the most gorgeous cakes I’ve ever seen (and tasted!),

and we also encouraged entries for the best planting around the base of our street trees, which were judged on the day by Veronica Peerless, deputy editor of Which? Gardening magazine.

Small events punctuated the afternoon and Tim Bushe was a real crowd pleaser with his virtuoso topiary demonstration.

Nicola Baird ably helped others to make over 100 wildflower seeds bombs that can be lobbed into inaccessible forgotten corners, creating  floriferous joy wherever thrown,

and the afternoon continued with very entertaining veg races involving various transportation methods of cucumbers (hands), cabbages (knees) and potatoes (spoons).

Tim Richardson, creator and director of the Chelsea Fringe, joined us for tea and cake and happily agreed to present Best Tree Pit trophies. Runner up, Nicola, was delighted to recieve her award for a fantastic sculptural framework for sweet peas in her tree pit,

and Eugenie’s winning tree pit was deservedly recognised for providing gorgeous colour and interest in the form of snapdragons, verbascum, cabbages and wildflowers. Always a pleasure to walk by on the way to the shops!

And finally, the warm sunny afternoon was perfectly rounded off by a 10 minute play called ‘Pumpkin Patch’ about stealing veg in a community garden. Heaven forbid!

The Chelsea Fringe continues over the next 2 weekends, up until June 10th with tons of interesting horticultural happenings all over London. I rather fancy the Living medicine cookery workshop in Ladbroke Grove tomorrow afternoon (booking essential) and popping by for more tea and cake at a cheeky land grab in Greenwich on June 10th. Tim Richardson highly recommends, amongst others,  the minty Garden of Disorientation in Smithfields, open daily until June 9th (but closed 3rd and 4th June) and the Floating Forest installation, again in Ladbroke Grove. There are up to 90 events listed, so take your pic to get your horticultural fix over the next 10 days. You won’t be disappointed!

p.s. We also had a mention in the Guardian gardening section too!

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Photo: Sarah Cuttle

Gorgeous weather, delicious cake and a fine array of seeds and plants to give away made ‘Cake Sunday’ a really enjoyable get-together for neighbours participating in our community veg growing scheme. Over 100 households have now joined up to grow flowers and veg in their front gardens (and tree pits on the streets) and it was great to see lots of familiar faces as well as some new ones too.

Photo: Sarah Cuttle

This year we gave away purple French Beans, Swiss Chard, especially good for the less sunny garden, and wildflower seeds for tree pits all around our neighbourhood.

We also had masses of Hollyhock seeds, collected from Lindsey’s front garden to share, as these do surprisingly well in the inhospitable area around tree bases too.

Photo: Sarah Cuttle

Now in our fourth growing season, our green growbags and large planters are proliferating in front gardens, as neighbours are eager to grow a large selection of veg, including potatoes (as above), courgettes, tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes and some very decorative rhubarb plants.

Photo: Sarah Cuttle

Front gardens are a great place to meet up with nieghbours on ‘Cake Sundays’, chat about all things horticultural and indeed anything else!

As part of the Chelsea Fringe this year, we’re inviting visitors to join us on Sunday May 27th 2013 for another bumper Cake Sunday, with all the trimmings. Amongst many metres of bunting, visitors can come sup tea and cake, and find out more about our community veg growing project. Our beans won’t be at the top of the poles by then, but we’ll  be holding edible window box workshops,

a topiary demonstration by Tim Bushe and hopefully a few heats of the Chelsea Fringe Edible Olympics. Cucumber javelin anyone?

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