The Royal Horticultural Society organises a vast amount of truly spectacular garden shows during the late spring and summer- but the pinnacle of these events is the Chelsea Flower Show. Blossoms take over the Royal Chelsea hospital, and for the occasion shop windows on the very posh Sloane Street become fragrant gardens themselves.
RHS Cheslea Flower Show Winner 2011, The Daily Telegraph designed by Cleve West.
The British and their gardens have an unbreakable love affair- aided by the weather of course. From the typical cottage gardens so greatly admired in the Cotswolds to beautifully landscaped grounds of great houses designed by Lancelot Capability Brown, it is easy to say that England is the garden of Europe.
The RHS Chelsea Flower show is a competition, a place to draw inspiration, to be in awe of amazing creations and to gain knowledge in gardening and horticulture. One of the most well-known and respected show in the world, and it enjoys 157.000 visitors every edition. The favourite attractions though are the show gardens that enter the competition each year. Prizes range from gardens and flowers to vegetables and herbs. Special prizes are also awarded for children gardeners, flower arrangements and city gardens.
Of the show gardens in this year’s competition, look out for the M&G Garden designed by Any Sturgeon. The Show sponsors’ will be presenting a garden that will celebrate traditional craftsmanship and natural materials.
Furzey Gardens by Chris Beardshow, which sill replicate the sloping woodland of the New Forest in Hampshire.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show People's choice winner 2011, the Irish Sky Garden by Dairmuid Gavin.
The Laurent Perrier Bicentenary Garden designed by Arne Maynard, will celebrate the champagne label’s anniversary in a typically elegant yet contemporary display.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year runs from the 22nd to the 24th May.
Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SL
Written by: Valentina Zannoni