Did you go to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year?? Or maybe like me you watched the BBC coverage from the comfort of your settee. I’m lucky enough to have been to Chelsea at least 4 times and even this year got me checking again for available tickets. But work and time constraints got in the way and I resolved to watch the TV programmes and felt glad that I wasn’t jostling amongst the crowds to catch a glimpse of the show gardens.
You certainly never get the view of them that the TV cameras allow. However if you have never been you are really missing out on a truly fantastic spectacular in the gardening world. Here are my reasons why you should really try to go the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show at least once.
Go to RHS Chelsea Flower Show for:-
- Inspiration: be thoroughly inspired by the show gardens and the designers innovative ideas. Obviously you couldn’t create something like that in your own back yard unless you have an endless pot of money. But there is always an idea you can take away – whether that be a colour or planting scheme you would never have considered or just the use of materials you would never have dreamed of. There is something for everyone
- Scent: The scent of the Great Pavilion. When you enter the pavilion nothing prepares you for the scent and sight of so many floral displays all in the one space. Totally over-whelming but the memory stays with you forever.
- Discovery: there’s nowhere like Chelsea to see so many new plants and planting ideas all in the one place. You will probably get carried away with ordering new plants but it’s lovely when they arrive and you can install your own little piece of Chelsea.
- Advice: Straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak! Pick up great advice direct from the plantsmen & women that grow all the wonderful plants you will see there. Their knowledge, hints and tips will help your own garden bloom more successfully
- Shopping: A garden lover’s paradise – stalls and flower growers abound. And on Saturday plants from the actual show gardens go up for sale. There’s not another day in the London social calender when so many blooms are seen wobbling home on the tube!
So start saving now (tickets are expensive) find your comfiest shoes, sharpen your elbows and resolve to attend the show next year. You will never forget it – I promise. I intend to go myself – probably get an afternoon or evening ticket and stay overnight in London. In 2019 I will get myself organised in time!