Our gardens in Battersea Park were bursting with activity during Chelsea Fringe in May.
We started with an open day on Sunday May 20th where our kiosk was open and our fabulous team of volunteers sold a wide range of plants and refreshments raising more than £400.
We offered tours of the gardens – the Winter Garden, the Herb Garden and the Old English Garden - and visitors were able to see our Thrive logo cleverly planted with purple pansies and parsley.
Visitors were able to learn how to dye textiles and paper using fruit and vegetables, spices and other food in and event organised by Zoe Burt and the fantastic South London Botanical Institute.
Through the week of Chelsea our gardens were adorned with planted-up wellies which were also for sale, making a great and quirky feature in any garden, allotment or balcony.
Literary fans were delighted to see quotes about the plants from the works of Shakespeare and pictures coloured in by client gardeners which were displayed next to the plants in creative ways.
In the locals art hut in our main garden we were able to showcase local places and local talent in a range of sculptures, prints and paintings inspired by nature and the seasons, Thrive gardens and the local areas by a talented group of artists.
We shared stories, Lost and Found, with Vaya Naidu and local writer Hilaire, Thrive's poet-in-residence spent time in each of our gardens.