May 2nd, 2019
May is the biggest month of the year in every flower lover’s calendar. The warm spring air is filled with the delicious scents of luscious, fresh blooms and the excitement of a great event on the horizon. It’s time for the Chelsea Flower Show of course! This colourful floral feast has been taking place in the heart of London since 1862, and is arguably the most famous such show in the world.
Originally based in Kensington, and called The Spring Show, in 1912 the show moved to the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, and has since been known by the Chelsea Flower Show. Originally aimed to showcase trends along with the weird, wonderful and exotic to the gardeners and flower lovers of London, the show has always been at the forefront of garden design and flower fashions. New flowers and plants are often introduced here, along with garden design and floral trend ideas.
Along with awards in several categories for flowers, vegetables, trees, floral arrangements and special interest exhibits, there is also an award for the best Show Garden. The Show Gardens are created by leading designers or celebrities of the time, and are one of the highlights of the show itself.
From the 1950’s sci-fi Garden of Tomorrow, which came complete with a radio controlled lawn mower, to the 70’s chic of John Brookes, who introduced the idea that a small garden could be so much more than a concrete slab lined back yard, to the wacky designs of Diarmuid Gavin who filled his 2008 show garden with mesh daisies and giant wire balls, the show gardens are always show stopping!
This year is set to be another fabulous, flower-filled extravaganza. Highlights include the Australia inspired beach garden by Any Sturgeon, the Show Garden by Mark Gregory, a display exploring the changing fate of forests in the 21st century, and a garden inspired by the idea of sustainability. The popular Artisan Gardens are also making a return this year – small and quirky designs that all tell mini-stories. And don’t miss the fantastic Jardin Blanc restaurant; an on-site dining experience from top chef Raymond Blanc.
So why not head down for a day to remember? Perhaps you’ll bring a little bit of iconic show-stopping gardening back to your own green space!
For more information and tickets, see www.rhs.org.uk