Pop-up Chelsea Fringe herb garden promotes water conservation using Carbon Gold compost

Water conservation is a key theme in a pop-up garden which will appear in London's Covent Garden piazza as part of this year's Chelsea Fringe.

Garden designer Emma Coleman’s The Avant Garden is a herb garden which features biochar-based compost supplied by Carbon Gold, which absorbs up to six times its own weight in water.

Waterwise, The Herb Society and GrowUp Gardening are also supporting the event. All organisations will be available to give advice on some days during the life of the garden.

Visitors can also learn more about the plants on display by scanning smartphone QR codes.

Coleman, said: "I wanted to create an installation with the quality and standards of an RHS Chelsea Show Garden but with a degree of public engagement." 

The garden, in place from 17 May to 9 June, is sponsored by Crabtree & Evelyn which is promoting 15-years of its Gardeners Collection of hand and body beauty products. Coleman has chosen herbs including rosemary, thyme and sage, key ingredients in the line. An British apple tree will also feature.

Craig Sams, founder of Carbon Gold, said: "We are delighted to be part of the Chelsea Fringe. This herb garden offers Londoners a chance to enjoy an accessible slice of the Chelsea Flower Show."

This is the second year of the Chelsea Fringe, which aims to bring the excitement of Chelesa Flower Show to a wider audience, while also bringing in artistic and community elements.

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