The Alternative Gardening Festival

The world’s first alternative gardening festival took place recently. Dubbed the Chelsea Fringe and into its third year, the festival 2013 installations included a pubic lavatory transformed into a garden.

The Fringe began as an outlet for artists, writers and environmental activists who feel that their ideas could not be expressed through the traditional means of the Royal Horticultural Society’s traditional gardening bonanza the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Fringe aims to alter the perception of gardening by expressing how plants, art and food can change the experience of the modern city.

The festival is defined by its “open access” policy. There are no judging panels or curators, and horticultural knowledge is not tested. Additionally, there is no grand prize. The only rules are that participants can do whatever they want as long as it is interesting, legal and about gardens.


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