Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 will run daily from the 22nd-26th May. This year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will comprise of 10 show gardens and 16 smaller gardens. The vast celebration of gardens and plants can be an overwhelming prospect so here we round up our highlights of the event.
Private gardens, floral-themed dining rooms, Champagne and delicious canapés, RHS Chelsea Flower Show has teamed up with Raymond Blanc to create bountiful hospitality and VIP areas this May. Book one of five packages, which range from all-day affaires serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, to tickets for musical entertainment in the evening.
The Lemon Tree Trust Garden
Syrian Refugees from the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq have worked with Tom Massey’s show garden to produce a space inspired by the ingenuity and resilience of people in situations of forced migration. Showcasing a drought-tolerant planting scheme typical of the Syria, trees laden with fruit provide scent, as well as edibles and herbs used in Middle Eastern cooking, along with variants of the Damask Rose - thought to originate from Syria - and renowned for its heady fragrance. On top of this, the garden is filled with recycled materials, some direct from the Domiz camp, plus recycled water emerging from an Islamic-inspired fountain. Definitely one of the more thought-provoking displays from RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Space to Grow Gardens
Take home top tips on how to cultivate a beautiful town garden at the Space to Grow Gardens. The focus on designs in this area is smaller spaces and how to make the most of them with original ideas. Plants and containers show what to plant in sunny and shady spots no matter what size your garden.
Chelsea Late Event
Although this event has already sold out it is worth flagging as returns might become available. On Friday 25th May, RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be opening late, hosting a fun-filled evening with bands, roaming acts and an artisan food market under the twilight sky.
The Pearlfisher Garden
The Pearlfisher Garden has been created to celebrate the largest garden in the world - the sea. But rather than being a celebration, the garden will showcase the devastating effects of pollution and plastic in our oceans. The Pearlfisher Garden will consist of a series of below-water level aquatic tanks that will transport visitors into a unique underwater world, where evidence of the destruction of our planet is rife. Visitors to the exhibit will see 500 recycled plastic water bottles, representing how much plastic packaging is thrown into the oceans every 2.5 seconds.
For garden-lovers, it’s not just the flowers that draw them to RHS Chelsea Flower Show. All around the exhibition will be a hand-picked selection of vendors selling their horticultural-themed products. You’ll find garden sculptures, gardening gloves, clothes and balls of twine, plenty of pots and nifty technology. The most innovative of which will be judged on 21st May by a panel of experts, including Dragons' Den investor, Deborah Meaden. On the last day of RHS Chelsea Flower Show you can indulge your passion for plant-shopping, when at 4pm at the ringing of a bell, stands are dismantled and the most eagerly awaited plant sale of the year kicks off.
If you're not sure what to wear to RHS Chelsea Flower read our guide to what to wear for the summer season.
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