A highlight of every keen gardener’s year is undoubtedly the Royal Chelsea Flower Show, which is held each May in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital. Originally conceived in 1863 as the Royal Horticultural Society Great Spring Show, whilst it is no longer the largest, it is certainly the most prestigious of horticultural shows in Britain, if not worldwide.
The line-up for this year’s show won’t disappoint, with particular emphasis being drawn to the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Upon entering the show, visitors will pass through majestic floral arches conceived by Royal florist, Shane Connolly, using only British blooms. As patron, the Queen has attended the show annually since 1949, and will be accompanied this year by her grandson, Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also be in attendance, and during their visit they will view the Princess Charlotte chrysanthemum – a new flower which has been named after the couple’s daughter.
Other familiar faces you are likely to encounter in the showgrounds this week include gardener-extraordinaire, Alan Tichmarsh and Bake-off queen, Mary Berry, who will be visiting the show to launch a beautifully fragrant pale lemon hybrid tea rose, named in her honour. What you won’t spot amongst the exhibits however, are garden gnomes who (apart from a temporary reprieve in 2013) have been banned from the Royal Chelsea Flower Show since the early-twentieth century.
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