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- Visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, the world's most prestigious and talked about flower show, should be on every gardener's bucket-list. Featuring renown garden designers from all around the world, Chelsea's Best In Show award is the most coveted prize in landscape design. But Chelsea has much more than big show gardens - there's the smaller Fresh Gardens with cutting-edge design, Artisan Gardens, magnificent floral marquee and garden products for sale.
Chelsea Flower Show
Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL
The first two days of the Chelsea Flower Show are reserved for RHS members so if you’re planning a visit, it’s well-worth joining the RHS to widen your choice of days. And all tickets sell out very quickly! There are also reduced price late-afternoon entry tickets.
Chelsea Flower Show’s Show Gardens
See a wondrous selection of around 15 large landscape show gardens designed by the world’s best designers. Chelsea Flower Show regularly features such designers as Andy Sturgeon (Winner 2016 Best in Show), Cleve West, Jo Thomson, James Basson and Diarmuid Gavin.
Many of these gardens are designed to explain or highlight a cause or a charity, from animal welfare to the plight of those stranded in war-torn countries, to habitat lost and environmental degradation, and those suffering from debilitating diseases and coping with long-term disabilities.
From a design point of view Chelsea’s gardens are at the forefront of coming trends, whether it’s a new popular flower or a colour scheme, or greater themes like formal versus informal design, plant shaping and management, mass versus intermingled planting and gardens versus outdoor entertaining areas.
Chelsea’s show garden judging is very plant-centric so you can be sure to see some wonderful and innovative plantscapes using a wide range of ornamental and edible plants.
Chelsea Flower Show’s Artisan Garden
Chelsea’s smaller Artisan gardens are smaller display gardens but no less exciting. Popular regulars in this category include renown Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara of the Kazuyuki Design Laboratory but many others are new-comers, looking for their first taste of Chelsea fame.
Chelsea Flower Show’s Fresh Gardens
The Fresh Garden category displays what are often conceptual and experimental gardens. It’s a great place to see our next generation of up-and-coming young designers.
The Great Pavilion Floral Marquee
Nobody can forget the wonder of first entering this immense marquee, filled with luscious displays of flowers. Every year the UK’s top nurseries vie for the top prizes. See spring bulbs and perennials, clematis, bonsai, elegant specimen trees, cacti and succulents, bromeliads, flowering shrubs, orchids, alpine plants and roses.
Every year Chelsea features brand new products and art for you to discover for your garden, including furniture, sculpture, pavers, pavilions, garden wear and lots more.
Each year the RHS awards a Chelsea Garden Product of the Year.
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Indicative prices from 2017
Members Only Days (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Full day - £60-70
Half day (after 3.30pm) - £38-40
Evening entry (after 5.30pm) - £28-30
General entry Thursday and Friday
Full day - £100 (RHS Members £47)
Half day (entry after 3.30pm) - £50
Evening entry (after 5.30pm) - £33
General entry Saturday
Full day - £100 (RHS Members £47)