5 Reasons to Visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most famous garden shows in the world, and if you love gardening, it’s quite a spectacle to see. Consisting of show gardens, flower pavilions, a huge range of garden brands and retail spaces, and the chance to see some famous faces, it’s the number one event on the gardening calendar. And, if you’ve ever wondered just why you should visit this world famous event, here are five reasons to get your inspiration flowing.


Design inspiration

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 - Garden Design InspirationIf you’ve ever been stuck for a garden idea, then Chelsea will certainly have something to spark your creativity. Aside from its very famous main show gardens which show the latest design and styling tips that you can use in your own outside space, the event has a range of smaller artisan and fresh gardens. Designers of these gardens have to think even more outside of the box than those in the main areas, offering some inspiring and innovative design ideas to take away from your visit.


Outstanding history

The RHS first started gardening events in 1833, but RHS Chelsea really began when the highly regarded horticultural company moved their show to the Chelsea Hospital grounds in 1905.

Diarmuid Gavin, 2011 gold medal winner, said “The Chelsea Flower Show is an amazing event which works due to the intoxicating mix of circumstance and planning.London in spring is a delight due to nature wanting to put on its best show. Add to that the background of wonderful Christopher Wren architecture, the proximity of the Thames and the ambition and resilience of the Royal Horticultural Society, who have succeeded for 99 years in attracting those who want to show off, and those who wish to be entertained”.

The show has been an annual event since the early 1900’s, and apart from a few cancelled years throughout World War I and II, the gardening show offers not only modern innovation but a long undertaken British tradition.



If you’ve ever spent a weekend trailing through garden centre after garden centre, you’ll know the joy of horticultural shopping. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has a huge range of products on offer, from garden ornaments and luxurious garden furniture, to tools, trugs and tea towels. It’s the ideal place to pick up some gifts for friends, or even yourself. And, if you’ve wanted some retail therapy with a huge choice in garden themed products, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is perfect.

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Famous faces

Passionate gardeners from around the world flock to Chelsea every year, and both novices and professionals can all be found in one spot. Many of the gardens are created and designed by TV gardeners from the horticultural world, and you’ll have the chance to spot some of your favourite gardening celebrities amongst the plants. A large number of other celebrities also take the opportunity to visit the show on their trips to London so, whilst you’re exploring the extensive grounds of the show, keep your eyes alert for some famous faces.



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Plants take centre stage at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and whether you’re looking for a new flowering shrub, a vivacious flowering climber or the latest annual beauties, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the show on its last day, get ready for the huge plant sell off when the bell rings at 4pm. This is your chance to get many of the plants from the show gardens and stands themselves, and you’ll be absolutely amazed at just how cheap you could get some of the worlds healthiest, beautiful and best cared for.


+1 Additional Reason

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is very special to us. We will in fact be celebrating our 23rd year at the prestigious show this year. The show starts on 22nd May and finishes on 26th May. During this time we welcome all visitors to the Bridgman stand which will be located along Western Avenue – stand WA5.


We look forward to seeing you there!



  1. Julianna B -

    Great post, like always! I am impressed with your work..

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