Highlights always include the offerings from the big-name famous designers dotted along Main Avenue, all vying for the RHS Gold Medal – last won by Sarah Price's M&G gardens. 2018's show gardens took inspiration from all around the world, from the Welcome to Yorkshire garden to the Trailfinders South African Wine Estate. The smaller, slightly more quirky Artisan Gardens are also worth a visit, as are the Space to Grow Gardens which will have plenty for home gardeners looking for horticultural inspiration. Last year these included the remarkable Pearlfisher Garden which highlighted the problem of plastic waste in our oceans, and the Myeloma Garden, a tribute to all those suffering from this incurable form of blood cancer.
In the middle of it all stands the Great Pavillion, filled to bursting with exhibits from both UK gardeners and those from around the world. Last year, Westcountry Nurseries provided a dazzling display of lupins and Blackmore & Landon impressed with their showcase of delphiniums and begonias. Head to the Discovery Area to get stuck into the science behind the blooms.
Pack a picnic or visit one of the numerous artisan food stands, and don't forget the obligatory glass of champagne.
Whilst Chelsea is undoubtedly the most famous in the series of RHS Flower Shows, it is definitely worth picking up a ticket for any of the other shows, taking place throughout the summer all over the UK in locations such as Cardiff, Malvern and Hampton Court. Tickets for all RHS shows are now on sale.
|What||RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019: booking now open|
|Where||Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4SR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Sloane Square (underground)|
21 May 19 – 25 May 19, Ends at 5.30pm on Saturday 25th May
|Price||£from 5.00 with early bird and advance booking discounts available|
|Website||Click here to book tickets|