Major Flower Shows in London
RHS Chelsea Flower Show:
Royal Hospital Chelsea
The Chelsea Flower Show opens its doors tomorrow to celebrate its 100th Birthday. It may be- geographically- a relatively small show, covering only 11 acres of land, but this prestigious occasion is the most famous flower show in the UK and one of London’s most anticipated annual events. In the five days, over 150,000 show-goers flock to the glorious gardens (including her majesty herself), that take over 800 people 33 days to build. Promising to flaunt the ‘greatest displays ever’, this year’s centenary edition is bound to be even more extraordinary than usual.
As well as the familiar horticulture exhibits, be sure to check out the classic British M&G Centenary Garden designed by Roger Platt to capture the past and present themes of the Chelsea show, and get involved with Alan Titchmarsh’s Chelsea Centenary Appeal. RHS have even lifted the ban of gnomes this year, displaying a collection of the pesky garden figurines that were specially designed by various celebrities such as Elton John.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show:
Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
But if you happen to miss the Chelsea affair or aren’t afraid to enter a flower-induced coma, there’s a bigger (over 3 x bigger) flower show just around the corner. RHS hosts a second flower annual show in the summer, which happens to be the world’s largest annual garden show and is too celebrating a landmark 10th anniversary.
Set within the majestic royal settings of Hampton Court Palace and Gardens, this must-visit event provides outdoor and gardening enthusiasts the opportunity to browse through spectacular show gardens and flower-filled marquees; interact and get close-up to planting and country crafts; take advice and lessons from expert gardeners; dine amongst magnificent floral displays; and enjoy live music and shopping.