The Hanging Gardens of Brighton
The Hanging Gardens of Brighton on the 24th of May was a great success with schools, nurseries and local business’ bringing fun, creative and oh so unique hanging gardens to be displayed in front of the Jubillee library in central Brighton. Despite the occasional showers and wind many people came and admired the display. Some leaving inspired to create their own miniature hanging gardens at home. The Hanging Gardens of Brighton was part of the Chelsea Fringe which has been going since 2012. The Chelsea Fringe is an event open to absolutely anyone and gives people the freedom and opportunity to explore and express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens. Events were happening not just in Brighton but all over the country as people gathered to celebrate all things horticultural. Details of the events in Brighton can be found on
The Hanging Gardens of Brighton was a community event aiming to get lots of people involved and even introduced to the joy of flowers, plants and gardens. Involving schools and nurseries meant that children some for the first time, could learn through hands on experience and hopefully nurture a lifelong interest and passion about gardens and horticulture. It was an opportunity have fun and to be totally creative. The only guide was the size of the garden and that it could hang other than that anything was possible. Any materials could be used and the garden could have any theme. The results were spectacular as people used their imagination and thought outside of the box. Tea cups, colanders, footballs, lego, old bags and even test tubes were used to create a truly diverse and innovative collection of Hanging Gardens. We were truly inspired by the results.
Our location in front of the Jubilee Library was very important to me as I wanted a central location to make the biggest impact and to attract many passers by. This space kindly sponsored by Propeller net a local media agency. We did indeed have many passers by though the strong winds and heavy showers in the morning meant that some admired from a distance under shelter! We were pleased to see that all the hanging gardens remained hanging despite the wind and when the sun emerged in the afternoon the gardens glistened and shone. I am very grateful to the Velo café from the level who kindly lent us their sturdy steel rails from which the gardens hung so securely. I would also like to thank Blades Grass for lending us a large square of artificial grass which set off the hanging gardens so well. I would also like to thank Fayes Brighton who gave us a reduced price on flowers. I would like to thank everyone who took part and created such amazing hanging gardens, and off course to my team who came with energy, enthusiasm and raincoats to make this event a success! The response from the public was fantastic. They were intrigued, inspired and impressed by all the gardens. Everyone had their favourite and it was lovely to meet new people and talk about gardens. Though it took a lot of work and time in organising me and my team have really enjoyed the experience and the pleasure in seeing the finished gardens was priceless. Thank you again to everyone involved and to all the people who came and admired. It was fun! Who knows what next years Chelsea Fringe will bring?
Hanging Garden Entrants
Oak Cottage Nursery
Carlton Hill Primary School
Coombe Road Primary School
Young Friends Nursery
Our children! Berry and Pablo Banks. Elsie Hogbin Gray and her friend Katie Bullen
Worthing Football Club, Under 12,s
Local business' who supported the Hanging Gardens of brighton
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What ever materials we are using we are engaging in nature and gardens and flowers. It’s about understanding that there is natural beauty around however we decide to put it together and interpret that. From this has come some really fun and different kinds of gardens.