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The annual celebration of Chelsea Fringe Festival will be at its second year at Oxford House.

The first Fringe took place in 2012 and is a new festival for everyone who’s interested in gardening. Having its emphasis on participation, the Fringe is also about pushing the boundaries –its inaugural programme included a peripatetic bicycling beer garden, a floating forest installation in Portobello dock, an aromatic ‘garden of disorientation’ as well as pop-up community gardens and horticultural happening of all hues.

Events at Oxford House:

On Sunday 18th of May, BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time will be broadcasted from Oh! Theatre. The celebrated panel of gardening experts will be tackling the questions put to the by local gardening enthusiasts, with Eric Robson in the chair and the team being made up of Bunny Guinness, Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Wilson.  Gardeners’ Question Time is a Radio 4 institution, attracting over 2 million listeners a week. Recorded in a different location each week, this long-standing radio programme has answered well over 30,000 questions since its inception in 1947. 2pm to 3pm at Oh! Theatre.

Tickets:  4£ // Bookings:  www.wegottickets.com/event/271115


The award winning journalist Alys Fowler; painter and photographer Lynn Keddie and the photographer Paul Debois launch in collaboration with Oh!  their Chelsea Fringe Festival 2014 project  ‘Where the Wild things Grow’. There will be various events which will document and celebrate the ordinary everyday weed or wildling in the urban context.

Our cities are unliveable without green spaces, without the wildlife they bring.  What we are now learning is that every little, tiny patch of green matters to our health. Each cleans our air, restores our sense of calm, boots our immune system and allows us a moment to get lost, a moment to reflect.

The large wildernesses of our cities are well observed. What of the easily missed, the trampled, the ‘here for a moment, but gone the next’? This project aims to document the ordinary everyday weed and asks us to take notice of the botany, history and geography of our pavements, buildings edges, bridges and step cracks. More info: http://ohwildlings.wordpress.com/

‘The wildlings’ exhibition at Oh! Gallery will show photographs and paintings by Paul and Lynn with the commentary by Alys. From English dictionary “Wildling… a plant sown by natural agency”.  However much we try to tame our cities, to bound our flora between concrete and tarmac, to house them in flower beds or pots, they escape.  Photographs of Paul document wild plants growing in unusual circumstances, while Lynn evolves these unique visions of weed into artworks. From 15th of May until 14th of June Monday to Friday 9am-10pm. Weekends 10am-2pm.

‘Your Wildest Wilding’ children photo competition where they have to find their own ‘wildling’ and photograph it using more than a mobile phone. This is open now, and will run until the 16th of May. The prize will be a voucher for schools to buy seeds to grow in their nature areas and the winner will be announced by Alys Fowler on the 22th of May ,4pm at Oh! Gallery. All chosen photos will be displayed at Oxford House, creating an installation.

Deadline extended until the 21st May!

On Saturaday 24th of May, a day  full of exciting events will take place at Oxford House.

‘Photography Walk and Talk’ at 4pm.  Paul Debois  will lead a walk doing an introduction to to flower photography in the local area of Weavers Field. Come with a camera, or just your walking shoes.

Tickets 5£+booking fee. Book on: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/270258

Sold Out! ‘Walk of Wildling’  at 6pm. Alys Fowler will lead a walk around the local area of Weavers Field, including the woodland, looking for wildlings, teaching the casual observer what they are and how they got there. During this event, you will also introduce to the history of plants and their uses. Completely in the hands of nature, what we might find, no one knows. It’s a part of the adventure!

With the Opening of the Wildlings exhibition at 6:30pm Alys, Paul and Lynn will give a talk on wild flowers and botanical photography and they will be available to answers all guests’ questions.  

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS GROW - Chelsea Fringe at Oh!

When: May 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am – June 9, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
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Where: Oxford House
Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HQ, UK
Contact: Alaitz a.arregi@oxfordhouse.org.ukEvent website
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