One of the world’s most beautiful flower shows is back for another year! Get yourself tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this month to enjoy all things ‘garden’. We’ve had a look at everything you can expect to see in full bloom at the show this year and it’s certainly not an event to be missed – whether you’re looking for inspiration or simply a beautiful day out.
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Royal Hospital Chelsea
Tuesday – Friday (22 – 25 May) : 8am – 8pm
Saturday (26 May) : 8am – 5.30pm*
*Each year at 4pm on the last day of the show, the plant sell-off begins.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is described as the pinnacle of the horticultural calendar and showcases the very best in gardening for thousands of visitors each year. Expect to marvel at 10 show gardens and 16 smaller gardens, featuring innovative gardens inspired by the Yorkshire Dales, South Africa and China, to name a few. Dozens of new plants will be unveiled at this year’s show, such as a new dwarf bamboo which has been supplied by Javado to Burncoose Nurseries.
Also new this year is the Space to Grow gardens, specifically aimed at inspiring the green-fingered among us who have urban gardens or smaller spaces to play with. No matter the size of your outdoor space, learn new ways of turning your city garden into an outdoor haven!
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We’re also particularly excited to hear that the key theme for 2018 is how gardens can enhance health and wellbeing. The Royal Horticultural Society will be exploring how gardens can provide a space for enjoyment and escape from our busy lives, and also the ways in which they can help us deal with major environmental issues.
Among the garden designs, you can expect to see spaces such as the Feel Good Garden designed by Matt Keightley, two-time winner of the RHS/BBC People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, inspired by the happy and healthy feelings that he gets from being in a garden. Another space to watch out for is the Lemon Tree Trust Garden, inspired by the resilience, determination and ingenuity of refugees living in Domiz camp in Northern Iraq.
If you’re after the easiest way to get there, you’ll want to hop on the tube to Sloane Square on the District and Circle lines. The hospital is a 10 minute stroll from the station. Alternatively, take a trip on the shuttle bus provided by TFL, departing from Victoria Station on Buckingham Palace Road. This bus runs every 10-15 minutes from bus stop Z5, and tickets cost £4 for a single or £6 return.
Ready to book in a day to experience the world’s most prestigious flower show? Secure your official tickets on the RHS website here.
Will you be taking a trip the the RHS Chelsea Flower show this year? Let us know what you’re most excited about in the comments below!