RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
One of the highlights of the London Social Scene is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – hosted for four days each May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The show attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe including HRH the Queen, landscape designers and avid gardeners.
This year, The Duchess of Cambridge has been busy designing a garden called The RHS Back to Nature. Kensington Palace have recently revealed that the garden will have a ‘woodland feel’ and that the piece will have ‘ unique design features to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together’.
Alongside these larger ‘feature’ gardens, there are several smaller ‘Space to Grow’ and ‘Artisan’ gardens. The ‘Space to Grow’ gardens are designed with those small city gardens in mind and are sure to give you a wealth of ideas and information to take back with you. The ‘Artisan’ gardens attempt to revive traditional designs, materials and crafts in a contemporary setting.
In keeping with global trends, gardens across the flower show will be focusing on themes of wellness and linking this into their designs. Issues from climate change, pollution, the fragility of our world and ways of improving the mental and physical health of humanity will all be tackled.
Finally, don’t forget to visit the Great Pavilion. With more than 80 exhibitors, this year’s must sees include the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies 60th birthday display, the David Austin Roses’s garden and William’s Cactus (Recommendations from the RHS official recommendations list: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/news/2019/great-pavilion)
As you head home from the show, keep an eye open for the displays created by all the local stores in the neighbourhood. For the past few years, ‘Chelsea in Bloom’ has extended to the local area and some shops do go all out.