Come and experience the world’s greatest flower show in May, held in Chelsea, London on May 20th.

Attended by 157,000 visitors each year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is often qualified as the world’s most famous flower show attracting tourists from all over the world. It has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends and is often compared to the Paris Fashion Week for gardens. New plants are launched and the popularity of older varieties is revived.

The first Royal Horticultural Society Grand Spring Show was held at the RHS Garden in Kensington in 1862 for 26 years before they decided to move it to the heart of London in 1888. The show’s popularity increased throughout the second half of the century, especially in 1953 after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II when she attended the event in that same year.

In 2005, the show was increased from four days to five and the number of visitors is now limited by the capacity of the 11 acre ground.

A great emphasis is placed on young designers this year and the installation at the Great Pavilion will pay homage to the centenary of the First World War with a garden featuring wartime memorabilia, poppies and representations of the trenches.

All tickets must be purchased in advance.  Many visitors attending the show book a package that includes a night’s accommodation in a nearby hotel and an entry ticket to the event.

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