The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place between the 22-26th May 2018. Sponsored by M&G Investments, the flower show is the place you need to be if you want to see state of the art garden design, ideas to take home and new plants.
The show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, every year since 1913, except for gaps during the two World Wars. Formerly Britain's grandest flower show (it has now been surpassed by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), it does not lack prestige.
Facts about the Show:
- The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is arranged by the Royal Horticultural Society, a society that was founded in 1804.
- There was a campaign IN 1927 to get RHS to prohinbit foreign exhibits from RHS Chelsea to minimise British firm competition. RHS declined stating, ‘horticulture knows nothing of nationality.’
- The rain at the Show, in 1932, was so extreme, that a display at a summer house fell to pieces. It was named 'The Chelsea Show Flow' on one very wet year by an exhibitor.
- Roughly 11,775 square metres or 2.90 acres, The Great Pavilion has enough space for 500 London buses to be parked.
- Of the firms that exhibited in 1913, at the initial show, a few can still be witnessed at the Show today: Blackmore & Langdon, McBean’s Orchids, and Kelways Plants.