Hosted by London’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is widely known as the greatest and largest flower show in the world. Visitors come from all over the world to experience this amazing event. From May 21 – May 25, the Royal Hospital grounds are transformed by an array of amazing horticultural displays. Massive show gardens and pristine small gardens will be on display, featuring vibrant and carefully grown flowers. In addition, some new plants are launched and emerging gardening trends are exhibited.
This year’s event promises to be extraordinary since it marks the 100th year of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Some of the plants featured are those that first appeared at the inaugural show in 1913. Meanwhile, the Generation Gardens exhibit will highlight the changes in gardening over the past century. Other highlights include a special garden modeled on London’s Olympic Park from the 2012 games and an opera concert held on May 24th.
Competitions and Awards
The garden competitions are a major part of the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Each year, the top gardeners compete for medals in various categories, with awards for first (gold), second (silver-gilt), third (silver) and fourth (bronze) place. Award categories include Best Show Garden, Best Fresh Garden, Best Artisan Garden and Plant of the Year. Additional trophies are awarded in categories like floral arrangements, junior displays and floristry.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is held at the Royal Hospital. Catering facilities will be on-site to provide all kinds of food and drink options for visitors. Parking is limited, so taking public transportation is strongly encouraged. Find additional details about the RHS Chelsea Flower show at the Royal Horticultural Society website.
Plan Your Trip
Book your trip ahead of time to secure lodging for this popular event. If you’re looking for an affordable London hotel, head to cheaprooms.co.uk. When searching for hotels, filter your search for the “Kensington – Knightsbridge – Chelsea” area to find accommodations near the event venue.
Event date: May 21–25, 2013
Location: Royal Hospital Chelsea
Written by: Ashley Henshaw