Chelsea Flower Show

It is notoriously difficult to get tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show, and so anyone I mentioned it to asked how EJ and I had managed to get our hands on a couple. Simple, we’d booked months ago, and chosen an evening session! Nothing else to it. We booked tickets that allowed us entry from 5.30-8 on a Thursday evening for just under £30, although I have heard for day tickets selling for up to £500 due to the events popularity- helped this year by Prince Harry’s garden!

We were incredibly lucky with the weather, having suffered from rain in London during the week, our evening was sunny and dry, if a little cold.

The event was pretty busy, with large crowds around Royal Hospital Gardens, but many seemed to be leaving when we arrived. We made a quick pit stop at the Pimms tent before wandering around the show. First Pimms of the summer!

Taking advantage of the gorgeous evening, we walked around the show gardens outside first. One of my favourites was the Daily Telegraph Garden, that reminded us of wild fields and hedgerows.

 
 
 
The winning garden was the Trailfinder’s Australian Garden, apparently the plants are all indigenous to Australia and had been imported over.
 
 
 
 
We loved the wonderfully wild Massachusets garden, with a tunnel through the middle representing a mirror to distort the words at the back of the garden.
 
 
 
We were surprised to find that Prince Harry’s garden was one of the ones we were less keen on, infact I hadn’t really even taken photos of it!
 

 
 
Inside a giant marquee were the winning flowers, ranging from roses, gerberas, iris, lilies and an amazing display of different daffodils.
 
 

 
I would highly recommend a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show to Londoners and visitors alike. The gardens are stunning, and the flowers are so beautiful. A lovely evening out, and definitely something to do at least once in your life. Book in advance, and take advantage of the evening tickets for under £30! I’m not sure it’s something I would do every year but it was certainly something a little different.



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  1. May 27, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    I love walking through botanical gardens. The flower show looks beautiful 🙂

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