The Garden of Disorientation

Chelsea Fringe

As part of the Chelsea Fringe, naganjohnson and uncommon, have transformed a disused meat-packing warehouse by Smithfield Market, into an abundant indoor mint garden, the Garden of Disorientation. Nestled between the bustling restaurants of Bedouin and Smiths, the building has been filled with towers of mint, planted wall hangings, and has floral themed art adorning the walls…not forgetting the appropriately refreshing pop-up mojito bar!

The Chelsea Fringe is a brand new London-wide festival of flowers, gardens and gardening, timed to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show. Over 80 events are planned for the first Fringe including horticultural happenings, pop-up gardens and installations which are springing up in unlikely parts of the city during May and June - floral boats plying the Thames, lorries loaded with secret gardens which will park up on street corners and then open up to reveal jungles within, and galleries and museums festooned with plant-themed artworks and initiatives.

The Garden of Disorientation will be a venue for discussion, chatter and debate, hosting a series of talks and events during the Fringe and featuring as part of the Clerkenwell Design Week.  It will bring together practitioners from vastly different spheres but whose work, or play, involves their love of gardens. A resting point on the London-wide garden trail, the garden of disorientation will be a place for refreshment and reflection.

The shutter will open up to allow visitors to enter the garden through a cobbled corridor which will slowly be transformed during Clerkenwell Design Week by artists Duller and Stippl. Working with members of the public they will create multi-layered painted sheets of card applied to the walls using rollers and a specially selected palette of ‘flower colours’.  There is also a chance to see Jyll Bradley’s light boxes Portraits with Flowers, which sit beautifully in the surroundings.
 
Other sponsors and contributors were;

The Modern Garden Co - the main sponsor showing a selection of fine contemporary exterior furniture.  
www.moderngardencompany.com

Steve’s Leaves for supplying the Chichester grown mint available in supermarkets.
www.stevesleaves.co.uk

Cubana - for the Cuban mojitos.
www.cubana.co.uk

Ecochoice Timber – for supplying the sustainable decking.
www.ecochoice.co.uk

Cultivate London - for supplying mint grown in their training greenhouses teaching new skills to the unemployed on disused land in London.
www.cultivatelondon.org

City of London – for agreeing to let us to use their space
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
 
Woolly Pockets – for creating a scented green wall to the rear of the bar.
www.gardenbeet.com

Duller and Stippl - the Vienna-based artists will also be holding their participatory fringe event at the venue.
www.chelseafringe.com/participatory-plant-painting-workshops

Linaria - for bringing their herbal mobile from Italy.
www.linariarete.org/wp/

The garden is open daily from 19th May to 9th June, 11am to 6pm daily and late when the bar is open.
Detail of events and talks can be found at the Chelsea Fringe website and at the venue –
www.chelseafringe.com/the‐garden‐of‐disorientation/

The bar will be open Noon until 11pm on the following days only:
Sat 19th and Sun 19th May; Tues 22nd to Thursday 24th May; Sat 26th & Sun 27th May;
Wed 30th May to Sat 2nd June; Wed 6th to Sat 9th June.