The annual Chelsea Flower Show starts tomorrow in London. Kicking off the English summer season, the show features everything from designer gardens to prize-winning flowers, with gardening shops and plenty of Pimm’s to go around. This morning I woke up with the sun to go down to the Royal Hospital in Chelsea to get a sneak peek at the show. Here’s what I discovered.
This year is no different from previous ones in terms of the care and attention to detail that the Chelsea Flower Show displays. Every garden mixes elements of color and landscape design to bring alive various themes and concepts, some incorporating architectural elements, sculptural accents, and water features.
Inside the large tent at the center of the show, flower displays range from award-winning begonias and daffodils to colorful extravaganzas like the Thai Embassy’s tropical garden.
Around the perimeter and through the main corridor of the flower show are stalls showcasing the latest in garden technology, patio furniture, bird baths, gnomes, and everything else one could possibly imaging installing in a garden.
But the main event is the gardens themselves, all of which have been painstakingly designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and unique in their layout and style. I could have spent all day wandering through them and discovering their hidden details.
The Chelsea Flower Show is sold out this year, as it is every year. If you don’t have tickets or can’t get to London to see it, I hope you enjoy the show through the photos here on the A Lady in London blog. If nothing else, the show signals the beginning of the English summer season, and if today’s sunny weather is any indication, it’s going to be a good one.