The Dalston Flower Show May 2012

As part of the Chelsea Fringe Dalston Eastern Curve are launching the first ever ‘Dalston Flower Show’ on Saturday 19 May.“There will be three weeks of garden tours workshops and garden dining taking place not just at the Eastern Curve Garden but also out and about on the streets of Dalston. It’s a chance for us to celebrate all the hard working green-fingered people who make Dalston such a brilliant place to live. Currently confirmed for the programme from is:Saturday 19 May 11am – 6pm: Edible DalstonFrom 11am – 2pm you can visit the  Dalston Roof Park and meet the gardeners who are growing fruit and vegetables in mini ‘allotments’ high above Ashwin Street supported by  Get Growing a Hackney based social enterprise that trains people how to grow food in their homes and communities.You can pop across Dalston Lane to  FARM:Shop to hear more about the hydroponics and other techniques they are using to cram food growing into every inch of this Georgian terrace building  While there you can enjoy their fresh cafe produce and sample some edible flower treats.From 2pm we’ll be cooking ‘rocket pizzas’ in the clay oven at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden you can sample teas made from the garden’s herbs and hear about their health-giving properties join in workshops including botanically inspired drawing with the  Hackney Children’s Art School and sign up for the following weekend’s garden tours.Saturday 19 May – Sunday 10 June: Photo CallHave you been taking photos of Dalston flowers wildlife trees or gardeners or do you have any pics you’ve taken on visits to the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden?  We’re creating a display in the pavilion during the ‘Dalston Flower Show’ so if you would like a photo to be included please email it to – we’ll also be featuring some on the Garden website.Saturday 19 May – Sunday 10 June: Blossom and Beans There’s only one thing that can possibly compete in Dalston with its growing spaces and green-fingered growers and that’s its fantastic selection of independent coffee shops. The ‘Dalston Flower Show’ has invited our local creative coffee lovers to celebrate with us by coming up with special plant inspired displays. You’ll be able to pick up a map of the coffee shops (and other eating places) taking part in ‘Blossom and Beans’ at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and then treat yourself to some coffee and botanicals. This project will be developing over the three weeks of the Flower Show so not all coffee shops will be ready in week one – so look out for the Dalston Flower Show signs that show a coffee shop is taking part.Sunday 20 May 3 – 5pm: Botanical Sun PrintingLocal Dalston resident and artist/photographer  Heather McDonough will lead this workshop where you’ll be able to discover camera-less photographic printing techniques. Produce cyanotype prints and discover how to make wonderful compositions from flowers and grasses found in the Eastern Curve using this intriguing process. You will also hear about the birth of photography and photographers Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins who made some of their earliest images using flowers and plants. Recommended donation of £5. “