The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the world’s most prestigious horticultural shows, with exhibits and floristry displays to inspire not only the enormous crowds that descend upon the Royal Chelsea Hospital but also the millions that will be watching the show’s coverage on TV. And with a number of new features and a fresh layout for 2018, this year’s show is sure to exceed all expectations.
So if the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is on your calendar this year, take a look at our round up of the must-see sights of 2018.
Take a stroll down Main Avenue and immerse yourself in the beauty of this year’s 10 Show Gardens. With designs created to inspire, inform and delight all visitors, there really is something for everyone – from contemporary and urban themed gardens, to the more traditional and romantic. Tipped to be one of the most popular Show Gardens of 2018 is The Lemon Tree Trust Garden, which has been designed to highlight the determination of people in situations of forced migration and their dedication to creating wonderful gardens in such harsh living conditions. Also, don’t miss The M&G Garden, a Mediterranean haven by designer Sarah Price, who is returning to the show after a 5 year hiatus.
Space to Grow Gardens
This new judged category for 2018 will focus mainly on smaller, urban gardens and will offer original ideas, trends and inspiration for making the most of your outdoor space. These designs, which can be found along Royal Hospital Way, have been created to highlight the benefits a garden can bring and why everyone should grow plants. With so much inspiration on show, you’re sure to come away with plenty of fabulous ideas to try at home!
The popular Artisan Gardens, located in Ranelagh Gardens, aim to reinvigorate traditional methods and materials with new design approaches, whilst bringing a multitude of culture. If you’re a gin-lover, look out for The Warner Edwards Garden inspired by the landscape of the gin-distillery’s home in Northamptonshire, designed by Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge. The 2018 show sees a host of female talent as almost half of the 27 gardens have been designed by women! Keep reading to find out about this year’s new event that allows you to explore these amazing, contemporary gardens after sunset.
Health and Wellbeing Gardens
One of the key themes at this year’s show is identifying the importance of gardening and growing plants to help improve our health and wellbeing. There’ll be a number of beautiful gardens this year that demonstrate how green spaces can offer a haven to escape to and enjoy, bringing a sense of normality to fractured lives. The health and wellbeing gardens not to be missed include the RHS Feel Good Garden, Urban Flow and The Weston Garden.
The Chelsea Late Event
On the Friday of show week, the RHS will be a hosting a new horticultural extravaganza for 2018 – The Chelsea Late Event. Ticket holders will be able to experience the show after its usual 8pm closing time and enjoy the intimate setting of Ranelagh Gardens by twilight. There’ll be a host of bespoke activities to enjoy, live bands, cocktails, artisan food and not to mention a complimentary flower crown or pressed flower badge!
The Great Pavilion
At the heart of Chelsea Flower Show is The Great Pavilion – full of all things floral! You’ll be able to browse exhibitions by some of the best nurseries and growers in the world, get interactive in the Discovery area and surround yourself with stunning blooms. Look out for Peter Beales Roses who will be marking their 50th anniversary with the launch of a new rose. Also not to be missed, Hampshire Carnivorous Plants, hoping for their 20th Gold medal in 20 years, with their range of Venus fly traps, pitcher plants and other fascinating species.
The Great Pavilion will also be home to this year’s floristry competitions, where 32 florists will be competing to win the title of RHS Chelsea Young Florist and RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year. The theme for 2018, following on from the Royal Wedding on 19th May, is ‘Spring Wedding’. Competitors will each be creating a floral wedding throne, with the finished designs displayed in The Great Pavilion for the duration of the show for you to admire and appreciate their incredible design and intricate detail. The competitions are judged on Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th May respectively, so if you’re visiting on either day you could watch the new RHS Chelsea Young Florist or Florist of the Year being crowned.
For more details about the show visit the RHS website.