Every year the Royal Horticultural Society puts on one of Britain’s biggest flower shows; The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year the show runs from May 24th – 28th & is already sold out!
The RHS was founded in 1804 by John Wedgwood and Sir Joseph Banks, originally it was called The Horticultural Society of London. In the late 1820’s the society started holding floral festivals in Chiswick at the Duke of Devonshire’s estate. In 1861 the HSL became the RHS, it acquired a new garden in Kensington and the floral shows were held there until 1913 when the show moved to the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, where it remains to date.
This show is a great venue for seeing new plant varieties and of course old favourites. The 11 acre grounds of the hospital become a vibrant & beautiful display of small gardens, sponsored and built by a large number of companies, worldwide. If you are lucky enough to go you will find show gardens, urban gardens, artisan gardens and so much more! What a fantastic place to garnish new ideas for your own plot of land!
A few of this years highlights will be:
- The British Heart Foundation Garden – designed by Anne-Marie Powell its theme is the movement of the hearts veins and arteries
- The Homebase Garden – featuring natural shapes and textures of Cornwall
- The Monaco Garden – designed by Sarah Eberle it shows off the landscape and architecture of Monaco
- The Australian Garden – charts the passage of water through Australia
This year Canada’s contribution comes from The Royal Bank of Canada. Even more excitement comes from RBC’s announcement that a permanent home for their New Wild Garden has been found at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire. The display will be rebuilt there after the Chelsea Flower Show and will remain as a permanent attraction.
The New Wild Garden will be the first full-scale rain garden in the shows history. RBC’s garden will catch & use every single bit of rain that falls on it, the garden has been designed as a wild life habitat and hopes to inspire people to create biodiversity and encourage wildlife in their own gardens. The experts will be there to give you tips, techniques and ideas to implement in your garden – if your lucky enough to attend!