Pick-up a Stitch


Pick up a Stitch at the award winning Inner Temple Garden is a project that is part of the Chelsea Fringe, the alternative garden festival.

Our 2015 Chelsea Fringe project celebrates the abundance of vibrant colour in the garden by collaborating with our visitors in a pop-up knitting club to create colourful woollen decorations for our trees and statutes; everything from pom-poms to knitted cosies. This will be family friendly fun open to all ages and abilities with experts on hand to teach basic knitting skills. Take part or just come to enjoy the garden and its setting, there’s plenty of space for all.

As always, BYO picnics on the lawn are encouraged and you can take part in this free special event in a number of ways: through the Tuesday evening pop-up knitting club held on 19th May, 26th May, and 2nd June 2015 from 17.00 - 20.30 and our Sunday open day on 7th June 2015 from 11.00 - 14.00, where you can knit or just enjoy the garden. Wool and equipment provided. Plant prizes to be won for best knitting contributions!

At three acres Inner Temple Garden is one of the largest private gardens in central London, it is part of the historic Inns of Court, and has been cultivated since the 12th century when its purpose was more practical than pleasure. It is now a haven for people and wildlife between the busy Fleet Street and Embankment. During the Chelsea Fringe visitors will be able to enjoy late spring displays in the 70 meter long High Border containing unusual and well-loved plants such as the widely unknown rocket Hesperis steveniana combined with commonly-used Hesperis matronalis. These provide a sweet evening scent lingering from early April to June, produced by the masses of purple flowers. Accompanying these are Honesty ‘Munsted Purple’ (a dark flowering selection that originates from Gertrude Jekylls’ garden in Sussex), Sweet Williams and two types of Foxgloves, one of which flowers early aiming to harmonise with Tulip ‘Blue Aimable’, the most beautiful late flowering bulbs in long-lasting shades of mauve. The fragrant English shrub roses will also be in their first flush and the bees will be buzzing all over the Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’.

This is the third year the garden has been successfully involved with the Chelsea Fringe. In 2013 our inaugural event celebrated the long established bond between gardener and dog with a ‘tongue in cheek’ Dog Show where canines and their owners battled it out in categories such as ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Dog you’d most like to take home’. In 2014 we celebrated the work of our artist in residence, Emma Coates, and invited visitors and local school children to draw their favourite plant or garden story on 10 metre long paper scrolls in a montage of images. Attracting up to 900 visitors a day, the Chelsea Fringe has helped open up this hidden London garden to many new people.

‘I am looking forward to welcoming you to the garden for us to knit, picnic and enjoy this colourful oasis together.’ Andrea Brunsendorf – Head Gardener

If you can’t make it in person then postal additions are very welcome. Inner Temple Garden, EC4Y 7HL (entrance via Tudor Street). Follow the fun on Twitter @InnerTempleGarden #InnerTempleKnits.