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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 – 21 to 25 May 2019

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Although the title of Britain’s largest flower show has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the Chelsea Show is still considered the most prestigious and The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have announced some of the highlights for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 (21 – 25 May).

Show Garden Highlights

Encouraging people to reconnect with nature is a key theme at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with gardens celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Seven-time gold medal winning designer Andy Sturgeon is back for show sponsor M&G Investments, drawing inspiration for his garden from nature’s power to regenerate. The woodland landscape will be colonised by young trees, ferns and jewel-like flowers, interspersed with stone platforms and huge burnt timber sculptures representing natural rock formations.

Multi RHS gold medal winning designer, Sarah Eberle returns to Main Avenue with a garden celebrating 100 years of forestry with The Forestry Commission. The Resilience Garden looks ahead to the biggest challenges facing our forests in the future, exploring how they can be made resilient to a changing climate and the increasing threats of pests and diseases.

A celebration of the environmental benefits of trees, this time within an urban space has influenced the design of The Savills and David Harber Garden by Andrew Duff. The garden seeks to create a beautiful, sustainable woodland clearing within a city, featuring bio diverse trees and greenery known to remove harmful pollutants from the atmosphere.

Three gardens on Main Avenue this year represent striking natural landscapes. Last year’s People’s Choice winner Mark Gregory is designing once again for Welcome to Yorkshire, inspired by the canals and waterways found in the West of the county.

Jon Snow for Trailfinders is sourcing inspiration from further afield bringing the temperate rainforests of South America to Central London complete with lush planting and dramatic waterfalls. In contrast the The Dubai Majlis Garden designed by Thomas Hoblyn evokes a Middle Eastern feel inspired by the sculptural beauty found in arid landscapes.

The importance of having access to nature and green spaces for all ages and abilities has inspired the brief for The Greenfingers Charity Garden designed by Kate Gould. Intended for a hospice to provide a fun, interactive and uplifting space where seriously ill children, their families and friends can come together and embrace the benefits of being in the fresh air and engaging with the natural environment.

Chris Beardshaw, winner of Best in Show 2018 and multi gold medal winning designer Jo Thompson complete the talented line up designing Show Gardens in 2019.

Space to Grow Highlights

For the second year Royal Hospital Way will be populated by inspiring gardens offering new ideas and inspiration in the Space to Grow Category.

Joe Perkins is taking on his first solo garden for social media giant Facebook. The theme of the garden is connectivity, celebrating the positive benefits of social media as a powerful tool for engaging in real world issues, connecting people and driving positive social change. The Facebook Garden: Beyond The Screen takes on a coastal theme to reinforce this message as coastal habitats are constantly changing and evolving and are rich and diverse environments where many species can thrive.

Vibrant colours and exotic leaves bring rural Africa to central London promoting the importance of Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow. Women produce much of Africa’s food, the garden designed by Jilayne Rickards highlights the work CAMFED does to educate and empower those reliant on agriculture in communities hardest hit by climate change to use climate-smart, sustainable agricultural techniques to provide for themselves and their families.

Education also underpins the message of The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden designed by Jody Lidgard, an engaging space to nurture children, teaching them about the natural world and future of horticulture with new technology including hydroponics, aeroponics and vertical planting techniques.

Water features prominently in a number of the gardens planned for Chelsea 2019 and lies at the heart of Paul Hervey-Brooks The Viking Cruises Garden, a space created from a water meadow with multi-stem river birch and winding streams running through to a pool and concrete terrace.

The Warner Edward’s Garden by Helen Elks-Smith incorporates water in a playful and imaginative way as it appears and disappears throughout the garden like the natural springs at the distillery’s home of Falls Farms. The design takes inspiration from architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece ‘Fallingwater’.

Artisan Gardens Highlights

Small is beautiful when it comes to the Artisan Gardens and this year’s line-up promise to inspire and excite as traditional materials and methods are revitalised through new design approaches.

A garden celebrating 70 years of land-based education at Kingston Maurward College embodies the artisan approach as the college’s blacksmith, engineering, countryside management and horticultural students will all contribute towards the final design.

Annie Prebensen and Christina Williams were last at Chelsea in 2010 when they won gold and best Artisan Garden, the pair return with a garden celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Donkey Sanctuary, highlighting the vital role donkeys play in improving the lives for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.

Walkers’ Forgotten Quarry Garden designed by Graham Bodle takes inspiration from a quarry at the bottom of the garden at Walkers Nurseries, featuring reclaimed items and materials from the quarry.

The Great Pavilion Highlights

British horticulture remains at the heart of RHS Chelsea as the UK’s top nurseries fill the Great Pavilion with thousands of immaculate plant varieties on display.

For the first time the Great Pavilion will also house a judged walk-through Show Garden by internationally renowned British Designer Tom Dixon and home furnishings retailer IKEA. The immersive garden hopes to raise awareness that it is both possible, affordable and rewarding to grow your own food in the city using sustainable urban growing techniques. Upon first impression, the garden looks like a natural hillside landscape, on closer inspection, the viewer can see a subterranean, and futuristic high-tech garden with edibles and plants growing in an immersive horticultural laboratory.

Iconic multi RHS Gold medal winning rose breeder, David Austin Roses will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the show with a sensual display of award winning roses along with some exciting new introductions.

Perennial is celebrating its 180th year of supporting those in the horticultural industry with a walk through feature ‘The Perennial Lifeline Garden’ designed by London College of Garden Design Graduates taking inspiration The Laskett Gardens in Herefordshire bequeathed to the charity by Sir Roy Strong.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21 – 25 May 2019)
20 May  Press Day
21 – 22 May  RHS members only
23 – 25 May  RHS members and non-members
25 May 8am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

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Review : RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 30th June to 5th July 2015

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This year will be 25th year of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. In 1992 Network Southeast announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy, and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993.

Although it lacks the history of the Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a Royal setting and in a relatively short time has established itself as one of the world’s largest flower shows.

It is the size of the showground that makes Hampton Court Flower Show very different from Chelsea with much more room to explore the gardens and the displays.

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The issue of small gardens in particular are in the news,  A new RHS campaign, Greening Grey Britain was launched in April to reverse the trend in declining green spaces after it was found that three times as many front gardens are now paved over compared to ten years ago – more than half of all gardens in London contain no plants. This is a cause for concern on many levels with plenty of evidence that green spaces play a major part in promoting health and wellbeing.

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The Wellbeing of Women Garden champions the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Wellbeing of Women is a charity that funds research into issues that affect women’s health. Garden designers Wendy von Buren, Claire Moreno and Amy Robertson were inspired by personal experience, to champion the charity’s work and shine a spotlight on the health benefits of gardening.

Each year the show has particular themes and this year  they are  Grow, Feast and Inspire.

In Grow, keen gardeners have access to a range of nursery displays and plant stalls, with RHS advisors on hand to offer expert tips to take back to their own gardens. Dominating the Grow zone is the Floral Marquee  where you can see award-winning nurseries from the UK and abroad and buy from a large selection of beautiful plants.

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Next to the Floral Marquee is The Plant Village with a wide range of stands to find those gifts and Plant Heritage where you can  get specialist advice .

Food is the priority in the Feast zone , visitors can find out how to grow their favourite vegetables, taste a wealth of fine foods and take away growing ideas to try at home.

Over the week top  cooking and growing experts will be demonstrating their skills including James Wong, Greg Wallace, Rachel de Thame and Rachel Allen.

There is plenty of top food outlets around the showground to explore and many producers have stands in the Great Tastes market.

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One of the highlights of the show is the small gardens that encourages and inspires visitors to think about contemporary garden design.  There are a large number of  Show Gardens, Conceptual Gardens and Summer Gardens, World gardens celebrating  Turkey, Sri Lanka, USA, Normandy and the Aegean  give the show an international feel.

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This year there are Historical Gardens that celebrate Winnie the Pooh, the Magna Carta and the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Other highlights of the show are the Festival of Roses, Floristry Marquee  and top gardeners giving talks in the RHS Celebrity Theatre.

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The show has everything for the horticultural minded with a large number of trade stands and RHS stands that tell you more about the work of the RHS and give advice and information about community and gardening groups.

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The show has its own child’s area marked by a giant scarecrow, other scarecrows can decorated by children for a competition. Children are entertained in a number of ways including a Kid’s Cookery School.

With good weather expected for this week, the Hampton Court Flower Show will be a popular destination for plant lovers, in its picturesque setting next to Hampton Court Palace and the Thames it offers a great deal to visitors.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Show times

Tuesday to Saturday (30 June – 4 July) 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday (5 July)10am – 5.30pm *

* (plant sell off 4.30pm)

Tickets

Tuesday and Wednesday are days reserved for RHS Members Only

Tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday for the General Public.

Transport

Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15 minute walk or short ferry ride (£2.50 for a single journey) from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station (£6 single, £7.50 return).

To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 30th June to 5th July 2015

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This year will be 25th year of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. In 1992 Network Southeast announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy, and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993.

Although it lacks the history of the Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a Royal setting and in a relatively short time has established itself as one of the world’s largest flower shows.

Each year the show has particular themes and this year  they are  Grow, Feast and Inspire.

Grow

In Grow, keen gardeners have access to a range of nursery displays and plant stalls, with RHS advisors on hand to offer expert tips to take back to their own gardens.

Floral Marquee – see award-winning nurseries from the UK and abroad and buy from a large selection of beautiful plants

The Plant Village – has attractive and inspirational stands to shop and browse

Plant Heritage – get advice and hear about the plants that specialists are passionate about and find something truly unique to take home

Four Historical Gardens

Flower Boxes displaying different growing styles and schemes to inspire every gardener.

Feast

The Just Retirement Garden

In Feast, visitors can find out how to grow their favourite vegetables, taste a wealth of fine foods and take away growing ideas to try at home.

A variety of fine foods, fresh produce and plants to try and buy

The entertaining Feast Cookery Theatre.

Inspiring Show Gardens and features

Inspire

Inspire encourages visitors to re-think their preconceptions of contemporary garden design, with horticultural creations pushing boundaries and championing innovation.

A fantastic selection of Show Gardens and Summer Gardens with the World gardens making a welcome return and offering the show an exciting international feel

The popular Conceptual Gardens will be on the theme of ‘sensations’ – this will get designers thinking. New this year, is a wildcard option available for exceptional designs that are ‘off-theme’.

Tradestands – new sheds, pots, irrigation systems and more.

Country Living Magazine Pavilion –  artists and crafts people selling stylish products

Festival of Roses – sumptuous displays of this old garden favourite

Floristry Marquee  – displays the best in creative floral art

The RHS Hub – where visitors can get ideas for their own front gardens, explore a science garden and learn about the work of the RHS

RHS Gardening Advice stand where visitors can get advice and information about community and gardening groups

Celebrity Theatre

Show times

Tuesday to Saturday (30 June – 4 July) 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday (5 July)10am – 5.30pm *

* (plant sell off 4.30pm)

Tickets

Tuesday and Wednesday are days reserved for RHS Members Only

Tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday for the General Public.

Transport

Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15 minute walk or short ferry ride (£2.50 for a single journey) from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station (£6 single, £7.50 return).

 To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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All you need to know about the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 8th to 13th July

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Although it lacks the history of the Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a Royal setting and in a relatively short time has established itself as one of the world’s largest flower shows.

Each year the show has particular themes and this year  they are  Grow, Inspire and Escape .

Grow

In Grow, keen gardeners will have access to a range of nursery displays and plant stalls, with RHS advisors on-hand to offer expert tips to take back to their own gardens.
• The Plant Village – with 20 stands to browse
•Plant Heritage
•Floral Marquee – with 95 nurseries from the UK and abroad
• The schools Scarecrow competition celebrating the First World War Centenary
•Hands On area- demonstrations to guide your horticultural technique

Escape

In Escape, visitors will have a chance to get into the community spirit with the new Community area or relax and escape into the countryside with a new Nature feature.
• Explore the Growing Taste marquee where you will find a variety of fine foods and fresh produce as well as the inspiring and entertaining cookery theatre. James Wong will be giving talks on Wedneday 9 July and Mary Berry will be giving talks on Thursday 10 July
• A fantastic selection of Show Gardens, Summer Gardens and Your Garden, Your Budget gardens are waiting to be found
•Tradestands – packed with lifestyle products
•Country Living Magazine Pavilion – 120 artists and crafts people selling stylish products
•Rose Marquee – with a circus theme
• A Community feature – where visitors can get ideas for their own front gardens and inspiration for making the most of small spaces
• A celebration of 50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom
•RHS advice stand manned by society staff who can give advice plus information about community and gardening groups

Inspire

Inspire will encourage visitors to re-think their preconceptions of contemporary garden design, with horticultural creations pushing boundaries and championing innovation.
• The popular Conceptual Gardens designed around the theme of the seven deadly sins – one garden for each sin
• A new feature of turf sculptures displaying creative and contemporary alternatives to the garden lawn
• A selection of awe-inspiring show gardens
•Tradestands – find new sheds, pots irrigation systems and more.
•RHS Celebrity Theatre supported by Anglian Home Improvements

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Show times

Tuesday to Saturday (8 – 12 July)10am – 7.30pm Sunday (13 July)10am – 5.30pm ** (plant sell off 4.30pm

Tickets

There is a Monday preview that is now Sold Out

Tuesday and Wednesday are days reserved for RHS Members Only

Tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday for the General Public.

Transport

Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15 minute walk or short ferry ride (£2.50 for a single journey) from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station (£6 single, £7.50 return).

 To find out more information about the show, visit the RHS website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here