Blooming lovely! A visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Designer Phillip Johnson's field of nearly 300,000 handmade poppies adorned the steps outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Designer Phillip Johnson’s field of nearly 300,000 handmade poppies adorned the steps outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Two weeks ago, I paid my first ever visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Admittedly, I should have blogged about this at the time, but life’s been a bit frantic in recent weeks. While I love London and all its different festivals, the Chelsea Flower Show hadn’t been one I had thought much about. I made an assumption it was a festival for green-fingered women of a certain age (like my mother… sorry!). While I do appreciate flowers, I’ve never been an aspiring gardener. Anyway, I was offered a free ticket by a friend and feeling a bit curious, gratefully accepted.

The day in question was lovely and balmy, although the sun was making intermittent appearances which didn’t provide great photography conditions. As I attended on the Saturday of the show, it was predictably busy. Despite the crowds, I really enjoyed myself looking at the stunning gardens, showpieces and stands. I particularly loved the poppies installation and the floral portrait of the Queen. There were plenty of places to buy food, Pimm’s and bubbly so we were able to make a day of it and relax in beautiful surroundings. Overall, it was a lovely day and I’m glad I finally experienced such a huge event on London’s festival calendar. As someone with a balcony, I was left with major garden envy (as long as someone else would take care of it for me…).

Here’s just some of the highlights of this year’s show…

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Posted on 13 June 2016, in Festivals, London, Tourist Attractions and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I am quite envious, I have never been to Chelsea! When I lived in London, over two decades ago, pre children, it never occurred to me to go and now we are in France! However, I do love gardens, there is something very peaceful about them even if you are not a gardener. I would love you to come over and have a look at our garden, if you have the time, I wrote about it on my blog on Sunday. Susan

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