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Chelsea Fringe at the Horniman

Here at Horniman, we are very proud of our 16 acres of stunning Gardens and this year we are switching it up a horticultural gear for the festival, creating three unique pop-up gardens.


The stunning temporary displays include a botanical drawing recreated using more than 3,000 bedding plants (Anatomy of a Flower), a mass planting of sunflowers (Sunseekers) and a border designed as a banquet for bees, butterflies and other pollinating creatures (Planting for Pollinators). Themed around the Horniman’s indoor Plantastic exhibition and designed by Head of Horticulture Wes Shaw and his team, all three pop-up Gardens are free to visit and open on 30 May.


  • Horniman Sundial, Part of the Horniman Sundial trail
    Part of the Horniman Sundial trail

Discover our sundials, hidden throughout our gardens.

Highlights of the Gardens Festival for families on Sunday 7 June include live music from the London Vegetable Orchestra, the chance to make your own carrot recorder or cucumber trumpet, and storytelling in the Gardens. Visitors can also enjoy a tour of the Horniman’s sundials, make a seed bomb, and create a sun-printed artwork using flowers, leaves and branches.


The Horniman is also hosting MORE TH>N who are creating a ‘dangerous garden’ full of plants and flowers that are all poisonous to pet cats and dogs, to raise awareness and encourage pet owners to be responsible at home. MORE TH>N’s garden is free to visit and is open to the public (no pets allowed in the garden, but can be left outside) from Thursday 4 June until Sunday 14 June.


Chelsea Fringers can find more garden-themed attractions indoors at the Horniman. South London Landscapes, an exhibition by local photographer Max A Rush, showcases atmospheric images of some of South London’s best-loved green spaces. Gardeners can test their plant know-how with Plantastic’s interactive games and exhibits exploring how plants feed, move, reproduce and survive. South London Landscapes is free to visit and open from Saturday 23 May 2015. Plantastic is open now – book tickets at www.horniman.ac.uk/plantastic.

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