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Chelsea Flower Show

When: 23- 27 May 2017

Where: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

Cost: Ticket prices range from £27 to £72 and must be booked in advance (click here to book)

Chelsea Flower Show

One of the 500 creative exhibits at Chelsea Flower Show

If you want to cross off going to one of the most quintessentially British events during your time in the UK then Chelsea Flower Show is a must. Yes, it’s a five-day event dedicated to flowers and you may have little or no interest in flowers but this event is so much more than just going to see amazing plants and flowers.

It is about people watching, and you may be lucky enough to see celebrities and Royalty, being inspired by the most beautiful and unique designs for gardens and seeing unusual flowers and plants.

The flower show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. The charity has grown from having meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, to becoming the world’s largest gardening charity.

The show is visited by well over 150,000 people over five days and has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital since 1913

The Royal Hospital is a place of great historical significance. It was built to give refuge to veterans and to this day 300 pensioners call Royal Hospital home and are known the world over as the Chelsea Pensioners.

Chelsea Pensioners in front of the Royal Hospital

There are over 500 exhibitors at Chelsea Flower Show who compete to be awarded a prize from best city garden to best show garden.  

This year the creator of the wildflower meadow, Professor Nigel Dunnett , for the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park during the Olympics. Has designed the Grey Britain Garden – which shows how the smallest of areas can be transformed by plants and flowers and why they are needed in our cities.

This year Chelsea Flower Show will be open to the public from 23-27 May. And tickets can be booked by calling 0844 995 9664 or going to www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea.

Cover image courtesy of RHS and Luke MacGregor.

 

 

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