The Chelsea Flower Show is an annual event sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society. This year, as usual, the event takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London and runs from the 24th to the 28th May. The Chelsea Flower Show is the ultimate event in the gardening calendar and tickets are fast selling out. This year there are 17 fabulous show gardens, including the M&G garden, designed by the award winning landscape artist Bunny Guinness, along with gardens from as diverse contributors as B&Q, The Daily Telegraph, Cancer Research UK and the Green Poem Garden. The Urban Garden offers a new, interactive show that provides some great ideas for those with small, inner city gardens. The new addition of the Artisan Garden category is the result of what happens when designers use sustainably resourced and natural materials. Don’t miss the SkyShades Garden, which is billed as the ‘ultimate, home-based, wild life haven.’
The display at the Great Pavilion this year takes on a global atmosphere with displays that are inspired by places as diverse as South America, Rwanda and the Himalayas. If you love gardens and gardening then this is a sight not to be missed as many of the plants that are exhibited cannot be seen anywhere else in Britain. The Rwandan display is presented by Birmingham City Council. Closer to home the peony growers of Kelways will be recreating the Peony Valley, which is the nursery’s own display field based in Somerset, as a celebration of 160 years in the horticultural business. Look out for a wonderful display of Japanese tree peonies at this year’s show.
If you plan on visiting the Chelsea Flower Show this year, there are still some tickets available, for members and non-members on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May, but you will need to hurry. You can order the show’s catalogue when you book your tickets, if you can’t attend the show you can still order the show catalogue either online or by telephoning 0844 338 7528 or 0844 338 7505 for show catalogues only.