The Build-up to RHS Chelsea Show 2016

Few events excite the gardening world and their social calendars quite like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year it is taking place 24-28th May. These five days transform the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea into, what many believe to be, the world’s greatest flower show. While RHS members receive entrance to all of the RHS shows, membership grants exclusive entry into the Members’ Day at Chelsea. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a real chance for the designers fortunate enough to be exhibiting to wow the public with their plant displays and their outstanding and cutting-edge garden designs.

Displays to look out for at the 2016 Show

• The Patron of the RHS is Her Majesty the Queen who this year will celebrate her 90th birthday. There will be photographic displays and a floral arch in honor of this occasion.
• Well-known and well-loved Jekka McVicar will be creating the ‘Modern Apothecary Garden’. What Jekka doesn’t know about herbs, simply is not worth knowing. This garden will not be one to miss!
• At the entrance to the show will be Philip Johnson’s breathtaking display of 300,000 individually crocheted poppies. The design will cover more than 800m2 (9,000 ft2) and promises to be a memorable sight.

Garden designs to inspire future generations

As with every year, the show gardens promise spectacular designs that will give the handful of designers chosen the chance to shine. The gardens will demonstrate the possibilities and extremes of garden design, plantsmanship, and landscaping. Themes and styles will be as diverse as the designers themselves. Horticultural inspiration will be taken from around the world, this year will include creativeness from Jordan, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Japan, Chile, and Australia to name but a few.

The Great Pavilion

The only thing you can be certain of when entering the Great Pavilion is that you will be amazed. Over 100 plant breeding specialists, societies and nurseries will be there showcasing their finest and faultless plants, they will only be showing perfection! Floral exhibits grow increasingly intricate and breath-taking as the years pass. There will also be the continuation of the RHS really taking seriously the significance of plant science.


To be present at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is recognition itself. To win a medal is something else. It is not just the show gardens that are judged and win medals. The regional winners of RHS Chelsea Floristry College of the Year, RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year, and RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year, will all be there displaying some outstanding floral displays. Also competing for medals will be members of NAFAS in the Floral Design Studio.

… and finally
Did you know … Gnomes were banned from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show until 2013! This doesn’t mean that they weren’t there though. Herb expert Jekka McVicar is quoted saying that she took in her lucky gnome, Borage, for many years and hid him very carefully in the foliage of her displays.

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