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Chelsea Flower Show

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Chelsea Flower Show

It began life in 1862 as the Royal Horticultural Society’s Great Spring Show, when it was held in an RHS garden in Kensington. After a couple of moves, it found a permanent home in 1913 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. There it remains to this day, even having survived the requisitioning of the land by the government during the second world war.

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the highlights of the horticultural calendar, five days of stunning blooms, babbling water features and intense competition. Despite its long tradition, innovation is always in the air. In its first year at the Royal Hospital, visitors were introduced to the dwarf bonsai trees of Japan, and new strains of familiar plants are unveiled every year.

Among present trends, sure to be on view at this year’s Show in late May, are wildflower gardens, featuring the likes of yellow celandine, purple foxgloves and the delightful, white, four-petalled lady’s smock. There’s a whole world out there…

Photo: Fran Chartres


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The Chelsea Flower Show condenses the English passion for gardening into one great annual scrum - with orderly queues of course.

Alex Morrison



My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

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