This year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show will showcase for four days between May 24 and 28
The world’s most esteemed and prestigious gardening event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, will be back on May 24 – and we have a sneak peek inside.
The event houses both past and future landscaping talent who showcase their creative, quirky and traditional designs in a maze of exhibitions. All (gardening) gloves are off for the annual event as they compete for the title of Best Show Garden.
Last year, the show received 165,000 guests from all over the globe, exhibited 500 displays and served 10,823 glasses of champagne – so we know we are in for a treat!
This year’s event takes inspiration from Cambodia, Chile and beyond and we heard we are in store for the ride of our lives on a Belmond British Pullman. All will be revealed under the glass canopy of the Great Pavilion.
The gleaming glass marquee – which is large enough to park 500 London buses in – will act as the shelter for more than 100 exhibitions from the world’s most celebrated landscapers, gardeners and florists.
The central monument site, occupying 6,000 sq feet, offers a real treat for the senses including previous RHS Gold medal winners Bowdens who return with their floral train station.
The notorious nursery will be exhibiting their floral display alongside a classic British Pullman train engine equipped with stewards and a fully furnished interior. The two platforms are due to host rare and unique displays of flowers as we are taken back in time to a 1920s railway station.
Diarmuid Gavin for Harrods
In the Show Garden, expect a walk down memory lane with designer Cleve West as he makes a big impact and ships in 40 tonnes of quarry stone. Beyond that, Harrods will team up with Diarmuid Gavin to display a quintessentially British landscape inspired by Britain’s most glorious minds. Expect fun cartoons, bobbing balls and twirling trees…
Chris Beardshaw for Morgan Stanley
Rosy Hardy makes her Show Garden debut by celebrating the chalk stream. With only 210 left in the world, 160 of which are in Britain, the clear waters are increasingly rare and as is their aquatic plant life.
Beyond that, Chris Beardshaw’s garden for Morgan Stanley will be relocated to the Great Ormand Street Hospital’s gardens after the show – what a great cause!
Find out how to get tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show and how to plan your day.