The historic Inner Temple Garden will be bringing a flavour of the countryside to the Embankment with ‘The Great Garden Fête’ on Sunday 20 May 2018.

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As part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival this free event will open the gates of a classic English garden, based in the heart of the legal quarter of the City of London, bringing a day of merriment for all whilst also helping to raise funds for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Alongside visitors taking part in traditional games such as sack races and the ‘trowel and potato’ race, there will be sheep and miniature donkeys from Spitalfields City Farm.

Visitors are encouraged to bring along their Fruit and Vegetable Sculptures, Mini Posies and Great Bakes for a chance to win a range of prizes. All money raised will go towards Mental Health Awareness Week.

It will be the perfect way to end the festivities of the Royal Wedding weekend. Listen to the music of ‘Amaraterra’ the first Italian pizzica ensemble in London or bring questions to the ‘Ask the Gardener’ sessions. Picnics are actively encouraged.

Head Gardener, Sean Harkin, commented:

“The Inner Temple Garden has been cultivated since the 12th century and is a safe haven for lawyers, the public and wildlife between the busy Fleet Street and Embankment. Our Chelsea Fringe Festival ‘Great Garden Fête’ is an opportunity to invite all to our glorious garden for a fun day of games, competitions and miniature donkeys, while raising funds for Mental Health Awareness Week.”

Greg Dorey, Sub-Treasurer (CEO) of the Inner Temple added

“We’re excited to welcome everyone to this annual Sunday opening. As a professional association we actively promote mental health awareness, including by being a Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index member. The Fête is an opportunity for us to share our commitment with the wider community in a fun and relaxed way.”

At three acres, Inner Temple Garden is the largest gardens in the City of London, and has been cultivated since the 12th century.

During the Chelsea Fringe visitors to Inner Temple Garden will also be able to enjoy late spring displays in the 70 metre long High Border containing unusual and well-loved plants including Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis), Honesty (Lunaria ‘Munstead Purple’ ), Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) and Foxgloves (Digitalis). The fragrant English shrub roses will also be in their first flush and the bees will be buzzing all over the catmint (Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’).

The Inner Temple is a ‘veteran’ of the Chelsea Fringe, taking part over the past six years, with various themes each year from the dog shows, posy making workshops, a pop-up knitting club  and  open-to-all communal drawings on 100 metre long paper scrolls. Attracting up to 1000 visitors a day, the Chelsea Fringe has helped open up this hidden London garden to many new people.

The Chelsea Fringe runs from 19th May – 27th May 2018 with projects taking place across the UK and Europe. For further information see

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14th -20th May 2018. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation the theme for this year is tackling stress.