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  • Chelsea Flower Show 2017: Time To Enjoy A Garden Supreme.


    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 a magnificent floral arch celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, to an original 1920s Belmond British Pullman train carriage forming the centrepiece of a 6,000 square-feet planted-up station, the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds were awash in colour and cutting-edge garden design.

    One of the stars of the show was, without a doubt, the poppies tribute at the grounds’ entrance by lauded Australian landscape designer Phillip Johnson. Created in the spirit of the much-celebrated Tower of London poppy display of 2014, it was made up of almost 300,000 individually crocheted poppies, covering almost 20,000 square feet, to give visitors a breathtaking welcome to the show.    

     

    WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN 2017?

    This year’s event promises to be no less spectacular. Featuring nine show gardens, five ‘fresh’ gardens, nine artisan gardens and over 100 floral displays housed in the Great Pavilion, visitors will again be spoilt for choice for things to see and be inspired by.

    Themes explored in 2017 will include ‘urban’ gardening in high-rise and apartment developments, and how gardens can help to address the often overstimulated and inactive lifestyles of children in the UK today. Another exciting thing to look out for this year is The Bermuda Triangle – a strikingly innovative flower display designed to look like an active volcano surrounded by tropical plants.   

     

    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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