Chelsea Flower Show

Haute horticulture 

March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers, and nowhere will the flowers be more celebrated in May than at the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show. The most prestigious garden show in the country, showcasing innovative ideas in design, new plants and old classics, it has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea since 1913, pausing only for the two world wars. In fact as a demonstration of the popularity and devotion of the English to their gardens, the organisers have had to cap the number of visitors to the show at 157,000 since 1988.

With designers and nurserymen pulling out all the stops, this year there are ten Show Gardens showcasing an array of designs from an 18th-century English tea garden to a timeless recreation of a Mediterranean landscape.

As the catwalks of London are in fashion week, so are the gardens at Chelsea during the flower show, under the gaze of a horticultural world hungry for new varietals and trends, setting the tone and bringing inspiration for the year of gardening ahead.

Daffodils, hearts ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lily stalks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollyhocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, forget-me-nots
In an English country garden.

lyrics from An English Country Garden

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22  26 May 2018


Royal Hospital
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4SR