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RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Things to do, Festivals London Gate , Chelsea Saturday May 25 2019
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More than 500 exhibitors are tending to their most prized plants for the 2019 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 2018


Venue name: London Gate
Address: London Gate
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Cross street: Royal Hospital Road
Price: £38 - £67
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The Chelsea Flower show

The pavilion tent was amazing and dozens and dozens of stunning displays. The most memorable for me was M&S exhibition, which by the way won the Gold. It was like an enchanted courtyard display with an arch and imaginable fountain all made from flowers, of course! Giant cupcakes also had lots of attention as they look absolutely spectacular.

 Plants of Grenada exhibition was very spectacular, presenting among other plants and flowers an unusual plant called Sperculia Mexicana (3rd picture), known as tropical chestnut. The scientific name is taken from Sterculius of Roman mythology, who was the god of manure. This is in reference to the unpleasant aroma of the flowers. And it's also not edible, as you would expect.

A slight criticism about the limited seating areas especially as you do need a rest to go through all the displays unless you are planning to sit on the grass here and there. Drinks were very over priced. At the entrance you can buy a booklet guide for £10 but we really needed is a simple map, which shouldn’t cost more than a pound, especially when the signage is barely available. 

I didn’t get all the fuss about the show gardens. Pretty average, not even that avant-garde, in my view, an abundance of weeds, rotten wood sheds, concrete walls. Apart from the Artisan garden which was quite charming with its water features and Bonsai trees.

I really enjoyed Floral Design Studio with floral compositions one better than another. James Doran-Webb is never disappointing with his art creation of life-size driftwood sculptures of horses,  goats, eagles, swans, which are displayed in Chelsea Flower Shows for years. 


A mixture between a floristry exhibition and a trade show, with stores selling their wares. It's a lovely London tradition and definitely worth booking a day off work to explore. Expect crowds, overpriced food but also the most stunning floral displays. It will definitely inspire you to get out in the garden once you get home.


Welcome to a slice of archetypal Britishness with the Chelsea Flower Show. Set near Sloane Square behind Royal Chelsea Hospital, this is a genuinely civilised affair and even though you'll queue and there's loads of people, it's all quite calm and grown up. Do check the weather - we were underdressed for a cool day. Do have a look at the BBC or RHS beforehand so you know what you want to see so you don't miss anything. The show gardens are the main bit so make sure you see those and the artisan gardens are really special so make time for that! We bought a ticket from 3.30pm and it was enough by 8pm but you could easily make a day of it as loads of places to eat and drink. Also plenty of little shops when you've exhausted the main displays. Take loads of pics and ask loads of questions as its a very friendly atmosphere.


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. 

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