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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

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2016 Chelsea Flower Show
Fast Facts

• When: Tuesday, May 24 to Saturday, May 28, 2016 , 8am–8pm daily. Saturday: 8am–5:30pm.

• Where:
Royal Hospital, Chelsea London, SW3 4SL

• Admission:
Tickets go on sale for members in November 2015, and for the general public in December 2015.

• Directions:
Take the District and Circle Lines via London tube to Sloane Square. From tube station, turn left at Lower Sloane St. until you reach the junction of Lower Sloane St. and Royal Hospital Rd. Turn right into Royal Hospital Rd. see map

The Royal Horticultural Society has been making London bloom at the Chelsea Flower Show for a century now, marking the unofficial arrival of summer with a riot of glorious colors and gardening exhibits.

2016 Chelsea Flower Show

2016 marks the Chelsea Flower Show's 103rd anniversary.

As usual, look for the same exciting and innovative ways to make your garden grow at the annual event. In 2016, a major theme will be recognizing the health and feeling of well being that gardens give to gardeners -- along with tips on growing herbs and other plants that have a history of healing body and soul.

Other special features at Chelseas Flower Show 2016 include photographic exhibits and a floral arch to celebrate the 90th birthday of the RHS patron, Queen Elizabeth II. A 60-foot carriage from Belmond British Pullman will also form part of the 6,000sq ft planted-up station in the Great Pavilion -- along with an acoustic garden that plays musical notes!

If you can't get tickets to the live event, television coverage is provided by BBC1 and BBC2 with 12 hours of broadcasts including live coverage spots from the flower show venue. This is in addition to live web cams, photos and video clips available at the RHS site.

All about the Chelsea Flower Show

Originally known as the Great Spring Show, it was first held in Kensington in 1862 as a small expo focused on selling plants raised by members to raise money for the RHS charities. The late spring flower show was moved to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in 1913 when the crowds became too large for the smaller site.

Today, the world's premier gardening expo takes place for 5 days every May. The Chelsea Flower Show can accommodate 157,000 visitors on each of the five days it is open. Normally, all tickets sell out FAST when they go on sale to members in November, and to the general public a month later. Recent prices have risen to £45 for an all-day pass. Less expensive half-day passes and evening tickets are also available.

Well-known garden designers that have made the scene at the Chelsea Flower Show have included Jinny Blom, Chris Beardshaw, Andy Sturgeon, Cleve West, Tom Stuart-Smith, and Stephen Woodhams. Designers of this caliber are just one of the reasons that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is considered to be the greatest and most renowned show of its kind in the world.

The gardens cover more than 11 acres of the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, which was founded in 1620 by King Charles II and designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren.

The Great Pavilion alone covers nearly 12,000 square meters! It takes 18 months of planning to organize all of the exhibitions. In the final 3 1/2 weeks, 800 people work feverishly to build the complex of tents, water pipes and garden settings that seem so natural as you wander through the show.

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International exhibitors come from countries as far away as the USA, Barbados, Sri Lanka, France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong, India and Zimbabwe. There are around 600 exhibitors in total with over 100 floral exhibitors in the Great Pavilion. Be sure to see the exhibitions of Floral Art, and the Continuous Learning gardens offering a different themed garden annually.

Each year, more than 50 small gardens are scattered through the grounds. Besides the Lifelong Learning gardens, there are gardens in the Urban and Courtyard categories and special exhibition show gardens.

Visitors also have the opportunity to create their own garden designs. At 4 PM on the last day of the show there is a sell-off of display plants that can be taken home to add a touch of royal garden flavor to your yard.

The food served at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is another attraction that draws visitors. According to the RHS, during show week 8,000 bottles of champagne, 20,000 glasses of Pimms, 110,000 cups of tea and coffee, 25,000 bottles of water and 35,000 rounds of sandwiches are sold. Quite the garden party!

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More about the Chelsea Flower Show around the Web:


RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Here's the official site, with the complete schedule, ticket information and online booking, feature stories including guides to new flowers on display this year, photos and video interviews.

BBC Chelsea Flower Show Highlights - Check out the latest updates, photos, video tours, and showcase exhibitions with related gardening tips and how-tos.

Chelsea Flower Show - Wikipedia guide with an extensive history and information on the modern show including a list of annual awards, noted winners, photos and related resources.


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