Homes & Gardens meets the florist-designers behind some of the top flower gardens in Chelsea this week
If you go down to the woods today, you’ll be sure of a floral surprise. The woods are in the heart of Chelsea, and among the floral surprises…well, let’s just say that for the next few days, you should keep your eyes open for Alice in Wonderland‘s pink flamingos, a sprinkling of Flower Fairies, for Rapunzel and her golden hair, the Princess and the Pea, oh, and a poisoned apple, to name but just a few of the floral highlights around Sloane Square at the moment.
Of course, it’s that time of year when the worlds of gardening and floristry come together in the centre of London for the world’s greatest celebration of all things horticultural. While the RHS Chelsea Flower Show holds court within the grounds of the Royal Hospital (home of the Chelsea Pensioners), a stone’s throw away, the retailers in and around Sloane Square itself have also been busy, dressing their shopfronts with a benificence of flowers, shrubs and trees, as part of the annual alternative floral art show that is Chelsea in Bloom.
Now in its 10th year, a record 40 retailers have signed up to take part in this themed floristry competition with a difference and earlier this week, we took our cameras over to the Enchanted Forest that has popped up in Sloane Square for the duration, to meet to Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan Estates, who told us more about this year’s theme, Fairy Tales.
We also went on to meet six of the florists and creative designers who are competing for what are highly sought-after medals and you can watch our videos here…
Find out which of the flower gardens is the fairest of them all, and which one has been voted the People’s Favourite.
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