RHS Chelsea Flower Show
A Royal garden party
Beautiful botany and floral artistry are the hallmarks of Chelsea, the world’s most famous flower show. This annual exhibition brings together landscape architects and horticulturists, cutting-edge design and centuries-old varieties – and of course thousands of visitors across five days.
Imaginative, innovative and always inspiring, the show gardens are the horticultural highlight. Designers from across the globe come to compete for the coveted RHS Gold medals and the ‘Best in Show’ top honour. In 2018 this was awarded to Chris Beardshaw, who surprised judges with his vision of a woodland garden and pipped the favourite Sarah Price, whose own romantic sanctuary took home the Gold.
This year, another woodland oasis is set to feature. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is making her design debut with a sensory show garden co-created with Davies White Landscape Architects. Her ‘Back to Nature Garden’ will be play-focussed, with tree swings, log tunnels, dens, a treehouse and stream perfect for Poohsticks – as well as plenty to encourage wildlife. In another first, a new clematis named after HRH The Duchess of Sussex will make its debut at this year’s Show.
Across the show, visitors are encouraged to connect (or reconnect) with nature as it explores the “positive powers of plants”. Expect therapeutic gardens, urban escapes and a look at ecosystems under threat as tropical spaces are recreated in London. Of course, the Great Pavilion remains the focal point for take-home inspiration, brimming with fragrant blooms by international growers – some of whom have been coming to Chelsea for over 100 years.
We couldn’t be happier with the wonderful design by The Duchess of Cambridge and Andrée and Adam for our Garden at Chelsea this year. The RHS’s Garden is a beautiful natural space for families to get together, play, dig, grow plants, connect with nature and spend time in the great outdoors.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General
21 - 25 May 2019
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