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When does the Chelsea Flower Show happen?

Outside the Great Pavilion

When does the Chelsea Flower Show happen?

The world-famous Chelsea Flower Show is held every May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. It is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (R.H.S.) The Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1913 with just a few breaks during the First & Second World Wars.

The world-famous Chelsea Flower Show is held every May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. It is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (R.H.S.) The Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1913 with just a few breaks during the First & Second World Wars.

Chelsea Pensioner enjoying the Show

This year’s Show will run from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th May. The members of the press visit the Show on Monday 21st May. At 3pm on Monday Chelsea’s most famous visitor, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family attend the show. The Royal Family have a long history with The Chelsea Flower Show since Queen Alexandra opened the very first one.

Beautiful roses in the Great Pavilion

The Tuesday and Wednesday tickets are for Royal Horticultural Society members only and are sold out very quickly. This is when the Show Gardens and floral exhibits in the Great Pavilion are at their best. Travel companies offer visits to the Show on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of tour packages, ideal if you want to see the Chelsea Flower Show on either day.

For people who do not wish to visit the Show on Member’s Day, the Show is open from Thursday to Saturday to the General Public.  Having taken small groups to the Chelsea Flower Show for many years I am amazed at the level of expertise on show. The Show Gardens are the stars of the Show, with the designers working towards getting a Gold Medal.

There are 3 categories of Show Gardens.

*The Artisan Gardens,
*Space to Grow Gardens
*Show Gardens

The Artisan Gardens

These small gardens use traditional designs, crafts and materials with a modern interpretation.

Artisan Garden

Space to Grow Gardens

This category promotes the current trends, the latest in horticulture and technology in a compact area.

Show Gardens

The Show Gardens demonstrate the very best in design and horticulture. With a large area to fill the designer and his team can create a garden masterpiece of innovative design and floral mastery. The level of skill and expertise is incredible, especially as many of the flowers are blooming out of their natural time.

Chelsea Show Garden

A Flower Show would not be complete without a beautiful variety of flowers so there are two places where they can be enjoyed in their splendour.

Floristry & Floral Design

This is a competition open to individual floral designers or flower arranging clubs. There are two competitions to win. The RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year and the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year. The earlier that you visit the Show the better the floral designs will look.

Stunning floral arrangements at Chelsea

The Great Pavilion

Perhaps the most impressive building at Chelsea is the Great Pavilion. This is where the plant growers display their existing and new plants. There is a real variety on show from highly floral exhibits to cactus to potatoes!

The colour and aroma hit your senses as soon as you walk through the door. Allow plenty of time to look around the Pavilion. Chat to the nursery staff, make notes about what you want for your garden or place orders at the Show.

Rose display in the Great Pavilion

Finally, there are 100’s of companies promoting their horticultural related goods throughout the Show, so a full day at Chelsea allows you to see all that is on offer.

I always say that “Every gardener should visit The Chelsea Flower Show at least once in their lifetime.” Why not make 2018 your year and be sure to marvel at what is on offer at the greatest flower show on earth!

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