I don’t much care for the Chelsea Flower show, I remember saying once upon a time. That is not true – I love Chelsea, it’s the rivers of visitors I find hard to navigate at times.
Since it’s inception in 1811, and current venue since 1813, Chelsea remains a landmark event in the world of Gardening. It’s huge. It’s a must visit once in your life and has become the most popular garden event in the world.
While we wait for a week in May to indulge our gardening fantasies, to witness design gardens and mountains of blooms, what is new and what remains classic, the exhibitors and nurseries around Britain have spent months in preparation to showcase their best work. A mammoth task. Holding back the blooms to flower at their peak during the week, moving earth and creating designer gardens that have won the right to be there – all in search of the gold.
Perfection. Pure perfection.
The top favourite this year is Sarah Price’s Mediterranean, Monet inspired garden to take show design of the year. I am particularly interested in Jonathan Snow’s debut entry, the Trailblazers: South African Wine Estate design focussing on Fynbos, from burnt earth to bliss.
The beautiful setting in London, the home to the Chelsea pensioners, allows one to glimpse into the lives of these extraordinary men, dressed in their finest red uniforms, they epitomise the traditional and respected, and one can visit the Coffee shop throughout the year (which I do) and love interacting with these individuals who have given their lives in service to their country.
The Chelsea Flower Show is the feather in the cap of the Royal Horticultural Society. Be it your love for roses, alliums, delphiniums or whatever, you will find them at their finest – get the latest gardening tools, sip champagne as the sun sets over the many magnificent displays for it will be an excursion you will never forget. And yes, the throngs are daunting, the multitudes of visitors at times a barrier to stand back and take it all in but nevertheless, be a garden lover or nature lover or simply a lover of beautiful things, in this case, living things, Chelsea is an event of the prettiest sort.
If you cannot be present, there will be many television programmes to highlight the beauty of Chelsea. And did you know, just for a little extra bit of random information, gnomes are banned.
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