Chelsea Flower Show

Green-fin­gered folk are rar­ing to go to the big­gest event in the gar­den­ing cal­en­dar – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Whether you’ve got a tiny win­dow box or sprawl­ing acres, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in Lon­don is guar­an­teed to get your gar­den­ing imag­i­na­tion bloom­ing. At­tract­ing many of the world’s best gar­den de­sign­ers, it boasts some of the most spectacular show-stop­ping gar­dens around as well as plenty of hor­ti­cul­tural good­ies and ideas you can use in your own patch. The Best Show Gar­den is al­ways a fiercely con­tested award so tak­ing a tour of the com­peti­tors’ gar­dens is al­ways a high­light of any visit to Chelsea. This year’s nine show gar­dens take ideas from all cor­ners of the globe, from the Royal Bank of Canada Gar­den re­flect­ing the coun­try’s forests and fresh­wa­ter lakes, to the Silk Road Gar­den which is in­spired by the an­cient Ori­en­tal trade route. Some of the show gar­dens pay tribute to land­marks nearer to home such as Covent Gar­den, which was West­min­ster Abbey’s Or­chard Gar­den be­fore be­ing trans­formed into to­day’s bustling shop­ping cen­tre. Be sure to check out the ar­ti­san gar­dens, de­signed on smaller plots. Fol­low­ing last year’s Best in Show, Gary Breeze’s lat­est cre­ation is well worth a look. His plot, The IBTC Low­est­oft Broad­land Boat­builder’s Gar­den, fea­tures a replica of an 800-year-old oak boat that was found on the Nor­folk Broads. Al­low plenty of time to ex­plore the jewel in Chelsea’s crown, the Great Pav­il­ion, which fea­tures more than 100 ex­hibits from the world’s best nurs­eries, grow­ers and florists in a gi­ant mar­quee big enough to park 500 Lon­don buses! One of our favourite ex­hibitors is Burn­coose Nurs­eries which will be shin­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing light on lesser-known plants that could help to at­tract and sup­port more wildlife in your gar­den. After all that heady hor­ti­cul­ture, sit back and re­lax with a fa­mous Chelsea brunch or treat your­self to flo­ral-in­spired Cham­pagne af­ter­noon tea at The Dorch­ester’s Chelsea base, The Draw­ing Room.

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