RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Over 500 exhibitors will already be making plans and tending to their most prized plants in preparation for the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, which has taken place annually (apart from a few gaps during the two world wars) for over 100 years now. 

More information about exhibitors and show gardens will be released nearer the time, but tickets are already available to buy via the RHS website.

Read seven floral facts about the Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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The Chelsea Flower Show is a quintessentially English summer event taking place in the acres around The Royal Hospital Chelsea. It is transformed into a gardener’s paradise. Gardens, which look like they’ve been established for years (some plant decade old trees as part of them), are dotted around the large tent in the middle of the site which houses flowers of every sort. The Show Gardens are sponsored by all sorts of companies; some banks, media, retail empires and charities, which can sometimes make it feel like the garden comes second so it is important to remember that this is a flower show and not an advertising opportunity before the magic is ripped away.

The Chelsea Flower Show is a combination of show gardens and buying opportunities be it for plants or garden furniture (and a few other trinkets along the way). Don’t worry, you don’t need to bring your car to carry your new garden home in – it’s an opportunity for nurseries etc to showcase their plants, give you brochures and buy seeds or seedlings. The show gardens give an opportunity to see stunningly established and put together gardens with rich narratives and varied sources of inspiration. You’ll come away inspired.

Alongside all of this you can enjoy a glass of Pimms, some music by the bandstand and if you’re lucky, the sun.

I’d recommend going during the day. Though open until 8pm each night there is an influx of the after work crowd which can make the experience a bit more uncomfortable.