Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2016, 1-5pm

Floriography-Hi-res Dalston Eastern Curve Garden will be visited by ‘Floriography: The Bureau of the Unsaid’ on 21 & 22 May, launching four weeks of ‘Dalston Flower Show’ events and activities at the Garden for Chelsea Fringe 2016.

‘Floriography’, the language of flowers, has been around for over a thousand years and was especially popular with the Victorians. Gifts of blooms, plants and specific floral arrangements were used to deliver a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings, which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. ‘The Bureau of the Unsaid’ will revive and update this cryptic and intriguing means of communication to help visitors express themselves with friends and family.

A pop-up florist’s office, filled with flowers entirely constructed from paper will be installed for the duration of the Chelsea Fringe. On the weekend of 21 & 22 May Artist Emily Tracy, assisted by a team from the Garden, will be hosting this messaging service and inviting all to express their secret or vital feelings. The team will help visitors to pick out and construct their own coded bouquet made from fabulous and fantastic paper blooms complete with typewritten translation for the uninitiated. If you need to say ‘Yes’ then a solid coloured carnation would do the trick, for ‘No’ that would be a striped Carnation, to say ‘Sorry’ that’s a purple Hyacinth, a purple Lilac is ‘I think I am falling in love’, and ‘I am dangerous’ is a sprig of Rhododendron, for ‘Can you get some milk on the way home’ a bunch of White Roses will say it for you. Events for Chelsea Fringe at the Garden continue until 12 June.

Saturday 28 May 2016, 12-5pm


It’s that time of the year again when children in Dalston get their own flower show! And this year they can also join in the Dalston Children’s Festival, with events and activities taking place in places and spaces all over the neighbourhood on Saturdays 28 May and 4 June.

On Saturday 28 May, children can bake their own pizzas in the Garden’s wood-fired oven with chef David from Latto’s Pizzas (12-3pm) , join textile artists Emamoke Ukeleghe and Yemi Awosile to make their own ‘Botanical Bag’, inspired by the Garden and help us sow lots of lovely flower seeds to help keep the butterflies and bees happy this summer.

Dalston Flower Show for Children continues with free drop-in workshops, Tuesday 31 May – Friday 3 June, 2-5pm.

As always are workshops are free, but we ask you to support our children’s programme by making a donation to help us cover our costs.

Sunday 5 June 2016, 2-5pm

quilting2_09JGTextile artist Katherine May has been leading Hackney residents in ‘Quilt Garden’ –  a community ‘patchwork’ project, transforming their old clothes and fabrics into a communal piece to hang in the Garden. In a special event for Chelsea Fringe, we’re celebrating the completion of the work, with a display of the finished piece, in among the trees and flowers of the Garden. Visitors will also be able to read the stories of the fabrics which were shared along the way, hear Katherine talk about the process and what inspires her and make a miniature ‘patchwork’ lavender pillow, using simple stitches and fabric scraps left over from ‘Quilt Garden’.

Here’s how Katherine describes her inspiration and work;

“This project is an ode to the women’s of ‘Gee’s Bend’, a community of quilt makers residing at the bend of the Alabama River. Their practice of quilt making for their families by using up all available fabric scraps and old clothing, has guided my own practice in contemplating the life of materials through collecting, unpicking, growing and sharing. Their quilts were used within the home to keep warm – hanging over windows or spread on their beds. When they were not in use, the quilts were hung outside to refresh in the air.”

Quilt Garden


verb. to lay out, to cultivate, to tend a garden.

To garden, to quilt;

to lay out, to arrange a variety of pieces of parts.

To prepare, to devote oneself to sew up between pieces of cloth

to the growth of the pieces,

to the cultivation of a group of stitchers.

To tend, to care for

broken or unused pieces of clothing or cloth.

To attend to our work composed of patches,

attentive to working together

Katherine May

This event is free, but we ask you to support our community events and workshops programme with a donation to help cover our costs.

‘Quilting together’ by Jahel Guerra

Saturday afternoon gardening volunteer sessions

Every Saturday, 2-5pm Our new season of weekly Saturday afternoon volunteer sessions at the Garden has started again. If you’d like to help look after the plants at the Curve Garden, try growing herbs and vegetables, learn new skills or get healthy working outdoors, come on a Saturday and join in. If you can complete our online […]

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1000 Petty Indignities by Julia Mason

Sunday 8 & Monday 9 May 2016, 12-6pm Julia Mason is a Hackney based artist with a nursing and public health background, whose work is influenced by her experience of working with children and families living in poor communities. Her latest work ‘1000 petty indignities’, a fabric installation, will be displayed at the Dalston Eastern Curve […]

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‘Big Dig 2016’ – get involved in volunteer gardening

Saturday 16 April, 2-5pm We are taking part in Capital Growth’s ‘Big Dig Day’, which encourages people to volunteer in community gardens all over London. Existing garden volunteers will be on hand to talk to new recruits and you can also join a guided tour of the Garden to learn how it was first created, learn about […]

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Quilt Garden – Bringing it all together

Sunday 10 April 2016, 2-5pm Our community quilt project with artist Katherine May is coming to an end, so this Sunday’s session will focus on sewing all of the patchwork pieces together. Even if you haven’t taken part already, it’s not too late to join in  and everyone is welcome. We are planning to display […]

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Easter 2016 at the Garden

The Garden is open every day over the Easter weekend from 11am-7pm and it’s all about yellow – pompoms and daffodils! The cafe is serving freshly baked hot-cross buns, as well as cakes, teas and coffee and wine and beers. Then on Tuesday 29 March we begin two weeks of ‘Spring into Action’, our free holiday […]

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Easter 2016 holiday activities for children: Botanical Easter Eggs

Tuesday 29 March 2016, 2, 3 & 4pm As a child artist Savannah Theis learned how to decorate eggs with natural dyes during Easter holidays with her Grandmother. Now she will help children celebrate Spring, transforming eggs with vegetable dyes and botanical materials gathered around the Curve Garden. Our holiday workshops are most suitable for […]

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Easter 2016 holiday activities for children: Painted Quilt Garden

Wednesday 30 March 2016, 2, 3 & 4pm Children can paint, collage and draw from the colourful patchwork pieces made for the ‘Quilt Garden’ community patchwork project, inspired by the variety of botanical patterns, geometric shapes, textures and colours. Adults and children have been busily working on ‘Quilt Garden’ with textile artist Katherine May over […]

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Easter 2016 holiday activities for children: Jam Jar Gardens

Thursday 31 March 2016, 2, 3 & 4pm Terrariums are miniature gardens, usually grown in glass containers, that provide an easy, low-maintenance way to keep plants indoors. Children can join Dalston Eastern Curve Gardener Emma Rey to make their own beautiful little ‘ecosystems’ to take home and enjoy. Our holiday workshops are most suitable for […]

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Easter 2016 holiday activities for children: Chocolate Grows on Trees

Friday 1 April 2016, 2, 3 & 4pm Children can learn about where chocolate grows and its history, from the Mayans to Sir Hans Sloane. Then they can join chef Lena Ghaninejad to test their taste buds and create their own delicious truffles to take home. Our holiday workshops are most suitable for children aged […]

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