Join Jo Thompson, The Land Gardeners, Jekka McVicar and Shane Connolly for a celebration of gardening in a series of talks and seminars during Chelsea Flower Show week.
Country Life will be hosting two events at The Chelsea Barracks Spring Fair next month, timed to coincide with the first Chelsea Flower Show to be held in May since 2019, which takes place across the road.
The first event will feature Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson, who is curating the series of talks for the fair; the others are Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld of The Land Gardeners.
There will also be a chance to attend talks and events hosted by Shane Connolly, Jekka McVicar, Manoj Malde, plus Chelsea gold medallists Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg. They will cover a range of subjects, from environmental floristry and colour in the garden to the medicinal properties of herbs and how soil is key to healthy plants, people and the planet.
Book tickets here on the Eventbrite website — and you can scroll down to see the whole programme.
The fair will see the outdoor spaces of Belgravia’s newest destination transformed to celebrate the flower show’s return with floral and plant installations by environmental floristry pioneer Shane Connolly, as well as specialists offering the best of British food and drinks, artisanal products and workshops.
Mulberry Square will be transformed into a marketplace curated by the Beautiful & Useful Craft Fair, where visitors will be able to buy sustainable crafts, such as ceramic pots, British-grown plants and rustic plant supports.
There will also be homeware and gardening accessories, including silkscreen prints of flowers and herbs by Hannah McVicar, flowers from the Electric Daisy Flower Farm in Wiltshire, plus florist’s accessories, gifts and sculptural and functional woodwork by Ash and Plumb.
For more information, visit www.chelseabarracks.com. The Spring Fair celebrates the first of several new openings coming soon to Chelsea Barracks on a permanent basis this year
The Spring Fair Programme
Wednesday May 25
2pm — Herbs: more than a garnish
By gardening expert, author and broadcaster Jekka McVicar
4pm — Soil to table
By award-winning garden designers and renovators The Land Gardeners
6pm — The gardener’s palette
Hosted by internationally renowned landscape designer and Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson
Thursday May 26
2pm — How green is your bouquet?
By pioneer in environmental floristry Shane Connolly
4pm — Highgrove Gardens Through the Years
By Emma Cochran-Patrick of Highgrove Gardens
6pm — Creating a sense of space in your garden
By award-winning landscape designers and Chelsea gold medallists Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg
Friday May 27
2pm — Creating intimate garden spaces
Hosted by landscape designer and Chelsea gold medallist Jo Thompson
4pm — Colour my world
By award-winning garden designer Manoj Malde
6pm — The art of the outdoors
Sculpture and the landscape by art curators Marshall Murray