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The Chelsea Flower Show

It’s that time of year again! There’s only one day left until the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show begins.

Our display is currently receiving its final touches ready for tomorrow’s opening, so we thought it would be nice to give the renowned flower show a good introduction.

The history of the show

The show hasn’t always been known under its current name; initially, it was called the Great Spring Show when it first came into being in 1862.

The Great Spring Show started off in Kensington Garden and became very popular in its 26 years there. However, attention started to wane, so the RHS thought it should be moved to a more central London location and Temple Gardens became its new home.

In 1912 The Temple Show was cancelled to make way for the Royal International Horticultural Exhibition. All was not lost though: not wanting that to be the end of the show, a horticulturalist, Sir Harry Veitch was able to get the show moved to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in 1913.

Amazingly, that makes this year the 102nd year of the show.

It has continued to grow in popularity over the years, and today a whopping 157,000 people attend every year.

What can you do there?

First off, and most obviously (!) there are going to be gardens upon gardens to feast your eyes on. Each year, the best gardeners compete against each other to create the most breath taking or unusual garden you can imagine.

Of course, there are more than just gardens and flowers. You’ll also be able to find trees, all sorts of garden tools and luxuries like garden buildings and lawnmowers, vegetables and herbs, educational and scientific exhibits and pictures, photos and floral arrangements.

Awards are then handed out for all the above categories, and ‘Special Awards’ are handed out for a range of exhibits, such as the Best Show Garden Award, RHS Junior Display Trophy and Certifications for junior displays.

Previous award-winning gardens include James May’s Paradise in Plasticine, which, as the name suggests, was a garden made entirely out of Plasticine, and in 2011, Diarmuid Gavin designed and made a garden called Irish Sky Garden, which was a garden completely suspended in mid-air!

To give you an idea of the size of the show, the Great Pavilion is nearly 3 acres in size, which is big enough to park 500 London buses inside!

There’s plenty to do for the green-fingered family at the Chelsea Flower Show: as well as the gardens and various displays, there are plenty of restaurants and eateries, and in the bandstand, an assortment of bands will be playing across the duration of the show.

Show times:

8am-8pm (Tuesday 19th-Friday 22nd)

8am-5.30pm (Saturday 23rd)

If you are coming, we’d love to hear what you think about our display – the focal point of our display this year is our stunning 14 x 10 Garden Room. We are at stand RHW11 - we look forward to seeing you there!

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