The Chelsea flower show is a botanical extravaganza. Instituted in the year 1913, it is annually held on the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, and spans across five days in the month of May, to witnesses an annual visitor count of about 1,57,000. Also known as the Great Spring Show, it showcases impressive themed gardens with water features, landscaping and more.
An array of colours and fragrances are on show as well as incomparable creativity, updated trend and design ideas from best of garden planners, nurseries and exhibitors. The addition of a dedicated section for vegetables and fruits has also sparked interest among the visitors. Particularly admired every year is the Great Pavillion as it involves the launch of a new plant or flower.
Chelsea Flower Show for the current year is scheduled to be held in the Royal Horticultural Society dated 24th to 28th May 2016. Dedicated photographic exhibits and a floral arch are specially proposed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, for her 90th birthday. Garden designers are selected to showcase their talent, incorporating landscaping, plantsmanship to create themed displays and design styles.
This year will also witness the launch of Prince Charlotte chrysanthemum by Dutch Company Deliflor, world’s largest chrysanthemum breeder. Post event, it will be made available in Waitrose branches for an approximate price of £8.00 GBP from 2nd May 2016, coinciding with princess’ first birthday.
The venue can be reached by a 10 minute walk from Sloane square tube station, and London Victoria being the closest train station. To further ease visitors’ movement, shuttle services are scheduled by London General. Tickets for the event can be purchased/ booked through the RHS and Ticket Factory (www.theticketfactory.com) A maximum of four tickets can be purchased by an individual, including RHS members, with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being member only days.
Earnings due to all the ticket sales for the event are strictly aimed to support the charitable work of the RHS and other ventures involving introduction of young people into horticulture.