What to Expect at the Chelsea Flower Show
BloomsArt are feeling inspired already by the most illustrious horticultural event in the world. We are of course talking about the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, which features show gardens, floral displays, workshops and the latest in gardening gadgets, all over five fantastic days.
This year’s event will attract flower fans from all over the world to West London to see some of the most innovative garden designs in the world. It has 11 special show gardens, 6 artisan gardens and many of the world’s leading florists, who can be seen creating stunning floral décor in The Great Pavilion.
The themes this year includes reconnecting with the natural world; the benefits of gardening and children’s play areas. One garden that will be much talked about is The Facebook Garden: Beyond The Screen which showcases a coastal type garden that uses water features to explore how social media keeps us all connected. There is also a Royal theme, as HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has worked in partnership with landscape architects to create a family-friendly woodland themed garden. So expect to see some of the Royal Family in attendance.
The artisan gardens are always popular, and this year will be no exception with a Donkey Sanctuary garden, a Viking Cruises garden, a Japanese garden and a Motor Neurone Disease garden with a restored classic car as a feature.
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Last year Tom Massey created one of the most talked about gardens. The Lemon Tree Trust garden was designed around a garden in the Iraqi Domiz camp that was looked after by refugees. It highlighted how being in nature and gardening with others can bring people together.
Another popular flower inspired event in the area is Chelsea in Bloom, this is where local businesses get inspired by the Flower Show and decorate their exteriors with astonishing flair and creativity. Last year there was a Summer of Love theme. This saw some jaw-dropping 60s inspired floral décor such as Monica Vinader’s psychedelic entrance, Nars Cosmetics floral archway and Olivia von Halle’s white wisteria and Rag and Bones multi-coloured floral decoration. It will be exciting to see what stunning, Instagram friendly flower decorations the businesses will come up with this year. BloomsArt has been helping high- end companies create stunning floral décor for their commercial building all over London.
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In the 1920s there was a drive to ban floral exhibits by other countries but the RHS flat out refused, stating, “horticulture knows nothing of nationality”. Coloured sculptures are banned from the gardens, so no garden gnomes. But some gardeners have been known to smuggle them in, including Jekka McVicar who sneaked in Borage, her lucky garden gnome. In 2013 there was a one-off show with 150 garden gnomes that had been decorated by celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Elton John and Mary Berry.
It has featured some controversial gardens too such as 1994s Cool and Sexy garden by Paul Cooper, which had a grille that blew air upwards into passing women’s skirts a la Marilyn Monroe. The exhibitors at the Flower Show can all be found inside The Grand Pavilion, but until 2000, they were inside a huge marquee, which was voted the largest tent in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. The material from the old marquee was turned into 7,000 jackets, aprons and bags.
What to Wear to the Chelsea Flower Show
While there is no dress code for the flower show, visitors can expect to mingle with famous people and members of the Royal Family so women generally wear a pretty frock and men sport a jacket and tie. As the British weather is not for the faint-hearted, take a jacket and scarf in case it rains, and definitely wear some comfortable shoes, this is not an occasion for heels.
When is the Chelsea Flower Show This year the Chelsea Flower Show starts on Tuesday, May 21st and ends on Saturday, May 25th. Keep in mind that Tuesday and Wednesday are for members of the Royal Horticultural Society only.