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10 Things to Do at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Malvern Garden Buildings at RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Chelsea in Bloom

Chelsea in Bloom

Our recommendations for the top ten things to do at Chelsea Flower Show this year begin before you even enter the gates to the Royal Hospital Grounds. There are some amazing floral displays all based on the theme of “Under the Sea” in Sloane Square, on the Kings Road and the surrounding streets.

Flower display at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Savills and David Harber Garden

This show garden is Andrew Duff’s first at Chelsea. It’s located on Main Avenue and is inspired by woodland and the Japanese concept of “forest bathing”. It looks like a restful woodland clearing. The David Harper sculpture takes centre stage and looks mesmeric reflected in the still waters.

The RHS Back To Nature Garden

The RHS Back to Nature Garden

This garden has attracted a lot of attraction not least because of the Duchess of Cambridge’s involvement. We’re all too aware how cooped our children are these days and any inspiration to get the younger generation outdoors exploring gets our vote. On our visit grown up kids were giving the rope swing a try!

Paddleboarder Jo Mosely poses in The Welcome to Yorkshire show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show during press day in London, May 20, 2019. Photograph by Suzanne Plunkett/RHS

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

Our particular favourite was this recreation of a Yorkshire canal. It looks like a scene that’s been literally plucked from the Yorkshire Dales complete with towpath and keeper’s cottage. It was a bit of a magnet for the celebrities on Press Day and there was a lady paddle boarding in it at one point.

 

Flower display at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Dubai Majilis Garden

The colours in this garden were a refreshing contrast to the greenery everywhere. It combines plants from across the world’s arid regions, the garden celebrates the values of unity and collaboration that are essential to the co-existence of Dubai’s diverse culture.

 

A visitor takes a photograph of a floral display in the Great Pavillion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show during press day in London, May 20, 2019. Photograph by Suzanne Plunkett/RHS

Come What May

Charlotte Smithson’s installation, called Come What May, is in stark contrast to the other displays in the Grand Pavilion. Smithson has plucked the best of the overlooked and hidden in our May hedgerows and suspended them in slender glass test tubes threaded by invisible wires as if floating in the air.

RHS Chelsea Floristy at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.2019.

Royal Floral Crowns

RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition is held in the heart of the world’s most famous flower show, within the Great Pavilion. This showcase of exceptional skills of professional florists always leaves the Chelsea visitors in awe. The theme this year is Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration.

RHS Chelsea Floristy at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.2019.

Floella’s Future

This garden celebrates the Year of Green Action. It is designed to demonstrate the challenges that currently face our environment and what we can all do to make a difference to the place we live.

Malvern Garden Buildings at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Artisan Area

Ok…we’re biased as we supply the buildings for the artisans who are based there for the duration of the Show but we urge you to visit this quiet enclave brimming with live demos and stunning works of art.

Normandy veterans pause in the "D-Day Revisited Garden" designed by John Everiss Design, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show during press day in London, May 20, 2019. Photograph by Suzanne Plunkett/RHS

D-Day Memorial Garden

Ghostly figures of soldiers made out of steel washers emerge from the sea onto slate chips  across the gardens, as though landing on a beach in the teeth of enemy fire.

John Everiss’s garden commemorates the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and aims to capture the disorientation and terror of the brave young men landing on the beach in hail of bullets.