Saturday, 31 July 2021

Floral flotilla marks the start of Chelsea Fringe

TWENTY boats will take to the River Thames on Saturday in a floral flotilla to mark the start of a three-week gardening festival

TWENTY boats will take to the River Thames on Saturday in a floral flotilla to mark the start of a three-week gardening festival.

Chelsea Fringe Henley promotes an inclusive approach to flowers, gardens and gardening.

The boats will gather at 11am at the Mill Meadows moorings, then sail up river to Marsh Lock then back down to Temple Island before returning to Mill Meadows.

The flotilla will be divided into three sections - specialist craft, powered boats and unpowered vessels.

It is hoped that young people involved in Acoustic at Magoos will perform tomorrow and the bandstand in Mill Meadows will be decorated with flowers made by children.

Other events include a week-long floral art exhibition at the Old Fire Station Gallery, starting on Monday with an open viewing at 7pm.

There will also be a Healing Gardeners event at the Friends Meeting House in Northfield End on Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm.

An open gardens and plant sale will be held at Babylon Nurseries in Cuxham on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 31.

A floral couture and cocktails evening, hosted by Floral Circus, will take place at Lovibonds in Henley on June 3 at 7.30pm.

The festival, which is supported by Henley in Bloom, will come close with a final event with garden walks and talks at Bosley Patch in Henley on June 6 from 1pm to 6pm.

Author Clare Foster will talk about her book Painterly Plants and herbalist Sarah Redding will give a talk about how to grow your own medicines.

Children will be encouraged to complete a piece of floral artwork and there will be a barbecue and bar.

Jane Macfarlane-Duckworth, one of the organisers, said: ?The whole thing is growing exponentially."

It is hoped that Tim Richardson, founder and director of Chelsea Fringe, will attend the flotilla event. To register a craft, send an email to victoria.newton@btinternet.com

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/chelseafringehenley

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