This week marks the return of the annual world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, it looks set to be one of the best so far with a fantastic line-up of show gardens and displays.
From the 21st – 25th May, visitors can marvel over a combination of exciting new plants alongside some old favourites from when the show first started back in 1913. Taking on an historical theme, the show has also put together a display of 100 years in pictures – a look at how Chelsea style has evolved through the decades.
Additionally to this, a number of other intriguing exhibitions will be available to spectators including:
Marc Quinn Sculpture
The UK’s leading contemporary artist, Marc Quinn has created an art installation in support of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal that is helping to raise £1m for the next generation of horticulturists.
This is the first time in the show’s 100 year history that it has teamed up with an artist and the installation, titled ‘The Rush of Nature’ will be auctioned by Sotheby’s to raise money for the fund. The installation has been kept under wraps until the show opens but promises to be an exciting and iconic piece of artwork that will act as the image for this year’s show.
Exhibiting in the Great Pavilion, Chelsea Memories will evoke fond recollections of past shows for many attendees. Eight nurseries, including David Austin Roses, Hillier Nurseries and Raymond Evison Clematis will all be sharing their favourite memories of shows gone by. Regular visitors to RHS Chelsea Flower Show certainly won’t be disappointed as they can reminisce with exhibitors who have been attending the show since it first started.
Plant of the Year 2013
It has been a tough year to get on the shortlist for this prestigious competition as unusually low temperatures and a lack of sunshine has meant that several entries failed to flower in time. However, the judges are still going to have a tough decision to make as this year’s entries include everything from a chive right up to a beautiful new mahonia.
Celebrity Gnome Painting
Among the fundraising activities for the year-long appeal for the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal, a whole host of celebrities including Sir Elton John and Dame Maggie Smith will be painting garden gnomes. The gnomes will then be auctioned on eBay during the flower show to raise money to create apprenticeships, an RHS Learning Centre and to support the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.
More information about this year’s very special RHS Chelsea Flower Show can be found on the event’s website. If you find yourself inspired by all the wonderful creations that can be seen this year, why not check out some of the gardening/horticultural groups that are using Eventility, or set up your own free group and the share the enjoyment.