The Chelsea Flower show, all of societies glitterati, mixed with royalty, and a healthy dose of eccentricity, making this the social event not to be missed, and arguably the most quintessentially British event of the year.
After being forced to cancel last year for the first time since the Second World War, this year we will be swinging through the turnstiles in September rather than the usual darling buds of May.
A self-proclaimed nation of gardeners, there are 730,000 hectares of private garden in the UK, according to government data, and in cities almost 30% of domestic space is taken up by gardens. For those green-fingered amongst us or those starting their horticultural journey the Flower Show is the perfect place for ideas to blossom.
Pumpkins make history at first Autumn show, as all the classic ‘Chelsea’ plants will have to make way for more seasonal offerings due to the peak of the growing season being far behind us. This means visitors are in for a unique treat, as designers are forced to move away from familiar favourites and explore options, they wouldn’t normally have the option to pursue.
Themes such as sustainability, eco-conscious and bi-diversity are sure to be prevalent at this year’s event as more people try to do their bit to tackle the climate crisis by eating less meat, using transport efficiently and creating wildlife-friendly green spaces.
The latest category to be added to RHS Chelsea is balcony and container gardens, these pocket spaces saw a resurgence of interest and experimentation during COVID, as people sought to make the most out of where they lived – being they were there a lot more than usual!
A key feature of the flower show, and the largest plot this year, is RHS Queen's Green Canopy Garden, this year opened by Judi Dench, an ambassador for the QGC, which highlights the vital importance of trees and woodlands and features 21 trees and more than 3,500 plants. This links to the initiative for the Queens Jubilee next year which is inviting people to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.
What is the Chelsea Flower Show?
The UK’s most prestigious flower show and has been running for 108 years. Held in the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital it is the most famous flower and landscape show in the UK, and perhaps the world.
It is usually (with the exception of this year) on for five days by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and attended by around 157,000 visitors each year. Drawing a global crowd, it is the place to see the latest in garden design, new plants and find inspiration to take home.
This year marks the first show the Queen will not attend since 2005, instead she will reside in Balmoral as is customary for this time of year. Instead, on Monday, members of the royal family visited the show, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, due to the delayed start this year, it will be exciting to see the creativity born out of these limitations, and opportunities. Don’t miss out and join us at the Chelsea Flower Show for a veritable feast of the senses.
When is the Chelsea Flower Show?
After being postponed in May due to COVID and being cancelled the previous year, the 2021 Flower Show for the first time in Autumn, featuring lots of pumpkins to suit.
Running from the 21st to 26th of September 2021 guests can expect a whole new horticultural experience, as this year’s displays will reflect the unique time of year.
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When is the Chelsea Flower Show in 2022?
For those green fingered amongst us, or who love design, enjoy art, or simply enjoy being surround by beauty there really is no better event.
Here at DTB we are already looking ahead to next year, which will resume its usual spot, kicking-off societies Summer Season.
24th – 28th May 2022
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