A bee inspired exhibition is just one of the highlights at the 2014 Chelsea Fringe

1 The Athenaeum Hotel, home to the lush green living wall – a vertical garden, is offering city gardeners the chance to learn more about its secrets from one of its creators Daniel Bell. Taking place on 20 May, the exclusive evening will see Bell talk about his passion for biodiversity in the city whilst teaching and inspiring Londoners how to build their own wall, whether they live in a London apartment with no outside space or in a country home. The event will be held in the hotel’s stunning Garden Room, with views onto the beautiful foliage that features yucca, lavender, jasmine, fuschia, rosemary, junipers, mosses and self-seeded wild flowers. Tickets are priced at £15 per person with 10% going to support the Chelsea Fringe. Entry fee includes canapés and an exclusive gin cocktail inspired by the wall.


2 Amy Pliszka’s Bees Beside Us Exhibition at the Chelsea Physic Garden is one of several bees inspired projects creating a buzz this year. Her exhibition will show work inspired by the study of honeybees and wild-bee nest architecture that merges the fields of art, science and nature.. Pliszka has created textile interpretations of beehives, designed with the bee in mind., aiming to raise awareness about the plight faced by bee colonies around the world and the importance of their existence to civilisation. Pliszka is a Designer and Artist who completed an MA in Textile Futures at Central St Martins in 2011. She has so far exhibited this project at The Victoria and Albert Museum as part of London Design Festival, Arup Headquarters (London) and recently has had a solo exhibition at fashion designer Agnès b’s flagship store in Covent Garden (3 May-1st June 2013.) Admission is free on entry to The Chelsea Physic Garden in which tickets are priced at £9.90 for adults and £6.60 for concessions. The exhibition takes place from 11am-6pm on 5 June.


3 The Isis Education Centre at The Look Out in Hyde Park is welcoming visitors to enjoy all that its beautiful grounds has to offer as part of this year’s Chelsea Fringe. Seek out the sunshine pond, butterfly border, meadow, mini-beast area and stunning carved entrance poles. Explore the grounds using the Centre’s plant spooter sheet or participate in the many craft activities inside that include making a nectar feeder for butterflies, making a recycled plant pot, painting and colouring pictures of butterflies and bees, and explore the nature trail outside. And if you’re in need of dropping down a gear or so, why not sit on the terrace outside and relax in the peaceful surroundings. Event takes places from 11am-3pm on 29 May. Visitors can drop in at any time or can book a place in advance.


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