The annual Chelsea Flower Show will take place this year between 24 – 28 May 2016. It is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and since 1913 the Show is always held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Receiving considerable publicity, The Show is attended by some 160,000 visitors each year. The number is limited by the capacity of the 11-acre (45,000 m2) site. All tickets must be purchased in advance but the first two days are reserved for members of the RHS. The show is extensively covered on television by the BBC
The Show is one of the highlights of the ‘London Season’. One can see the very best in modern garden design, themed gardens, extravagant plantings, plus outdoor furniture and greenhouses. On the last day, there’s the opportunity to buy some of the magnificent exhibits. It is not just for garden enthusiasts but for socialites and anyone who loves beautiful things. In past years it has been visited by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Once Britain’s largest flower show, it is still the most prestigious although it has now been overtaken in size by the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which will take place at the beginning of July. Historically RHS had held flower shows from 1833 in their garden in Chiswick. From 1862 the Great Spring Show, as it was then called, was held at the RHS garden in Kensington until the move to Chelsea.
For more information and tickets go to http://www.rhs.org.uk/Chelsea
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