The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen with floral arches at both the Bull Ring and London Gate entrances to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24 – 28 May). The primary arch, by leading designer Shane Connolly, will span the iconic Bull Ring gate entrance, situated on the bank of the river Thames, while its sister arch will welcome visitors to the London Gate.
Award-winning artist Joseph Massie provides another unique floral display for 2016. ‘Rosa’, a hanging installation beneath the Rock Bank restaurant, that connects Main Avenue and Ranalegh Way, will offer a sensory, immersive experience, and will feature over five thousand fresh rose blooms.
Other highlights include a new English shrub rose, ‘Roald Dahl’, which is named in honour of the world’s number one storyteller and marks 100 years since his birth as part of the official Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. The ‘Princess Charlotte’ chrysanthemum by Deliflor is launching in honour of the royal baby. Other new plants include Acer ‘Moonrise’ by Hillier Nurseries, hosta ‘Smiling Mouse’ by Hogarth Hostas, vibrant and deep red ‘Cherry Kiss’ by Millais Nurseries.
Gardens celebrating the connection between Health, Happiness and Horticulture include ‘Urban Connections’, a new Fresh Garden for the Victoria Business Improvement District, by design duo Lee Bestall and Paul Robinson highlights the growing issue of elderly isolation and showcases the role that high quality public spaces play in bringing communities and generations together.
Other exhibits that follow this theme include RHS Ambassador Jekka McVicar’s ‘A Modern Apothecary’ which champions the healing power of herbs, Chris Beardshaw’s collaboration with Great Ormand Street Hospital and ‘The Garden Bed’ by Alison Doxey and Stephen Welch.
RHS Chelsea introduces some plenty of interest with some high profile gardens, , the ‘Harrods Eccentric British Garden’ designed by Diarmuid Gavin, leading designer Peter Eustance has created a Artisan garden for disability charity Papworth Trust. Inspired by world renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the ‘sea music’ produced by the women of the Vanuatu islands, Other dramatic elements at the show include giant jagged bronze fins representing an ancient mountain range in The Daily Telegraph’s garden, by Andy Sturgeon and a 2.5m granite cube, which contains a garden, representing a world inside out by Martin Cook and Gary Breeze.
If you are interested in attending the show, it is important that you understand a number of restrictions.
• Tuesday and Wednesday are members-only days
• All tickets must be booked in advance
• No children under 5 or babes in arms admitted. Children 5 years+ pay full price
To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here
RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24 – 28 May 2016)
24 – 25 May RHS members only
26 – 28 May RHS members and non-members
24 – 27 May 8am – 8pm
28 May 8am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL
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