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  • Chelsea Flower Show 2019


    It’s almost here! The world’s most famous horticultural event is around the corner. Soon, thousands of flower, plant and garden enthusiasts will descend on the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show for five days of green-fingered heaven.

    Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show is the go-to event for stunning floral displays, flower-arranging workshops, fancy new gardening gadgets and, of course, the famed show gardens, where leading designers from all over the world exhibit their latest creations.

     

    WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST YEAR’S SHOW?

    There were plenty. From ribbon dancers to feel-good gardens that promoted mental health, the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds were awash with colour and cutting-edge garden design in a show which, last year, placed a huge emphasis on ways in which gardens can enhance wellbeing.

    One of the stars of the show was Tom Massey whose debut at Chelsea Flower Show brought The Lemon Tree Trust Garden, a space which reflected a garden in Northern Iraq, tended to by the refugees living in Domiz camp. The garden acts as a way of uniting the people who live on the camp, bringing a sense of normality to day-to-day life, after being displaced from their homes. The garden Tom created in Chelsea is inspired by their resilience and determination.

     

    WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN 2019?

    This year’s event promises to be no less spectacular. Featuring 11 show gardens, six artisan gardens and over 80 of the world’s best florists in The Great Pavilion, visitors will again be spoilt for choice for things to see and be inspired by. And if you’re still not ready to leave after all these exhibits, you can head to Jardin Blanc where all of the menus are exclusively designed by acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc.

    Themes to be explored in 2019 include encouraging people to reconnect with nature and celebrating the beauty of the natural world. An exciting design to look out for this year is The Facebook Garden: Beyond The Screen which looks at the positive impact of spending meaningful time on social media and how this enriches our lives – particularly those of young people – in the real world. The coastal-style garden uses the natural connectivity of water to represent the interactions, social change and opportunities that social media helps facilitate across the world.

     

    SO, HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR OWN GARDEN STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD?

    We’ve done the legwork for you and analysed some of the Chelsea Flower Show winners from the past few years to devise a winning formula for your own prize-winning garden, using either real or faux flowers and plants.

    Make sure you’re fully prepared when you visit the Chelsea Flower Show this year with our etiquette guide.