Chelsea Flower Show
Green-fingered folk are raring to go to the biggest event in the gardening calendar – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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.
chelsea’s show gardens are justly world famous