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  • Chelsea Flower Show 2018


    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 photographic exhibits and walking trees, to a contemporary design inspired by the seaside which featured five large waves running the entire length of the exhibit, the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds were awash in colour and cutting-edge garden design.

     

    One of the stars of the show came all the way from China to Chelsea with the immersive Silk Road Garden exhibition. This architectural and planting design featured a brightly coloured (and very photogenic) spine of red blades to represent the mountainous landscape of the Sichuan Province, along with a pair of adorable pandas to top it off!

     

    WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN 2018?

    This year’s event promises to be no less spectacular. Featuring ten ‘thought-provoking' gardens, seven artisan gardens and 90 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 of these exhibits then, on Friday 25th May, you can head to the Ranelagh Gardens for an evening of live music and entertainment.

     

    Themes to be explored in 2018 include health and wellbeing, where the garden designs will demonstrate how green spaces and well-placed planting can help to overcome major environmental challenges. An exciting design to look out for this year is the Wuhan Water Garden - inspired by a 4,000-year old legend, this garden uses metaphors to create a river, city, lake and mountains to show how this ancient tale is just as relevant today.

     

    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.



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