Chelsea Flower Show & Chelsea in Bloom
Have you been seeing the gorgeous pictures from the Chelsea Flower Show on Instagram? If you don’t know, the Chelsea Flower Show is “The garden design equivalent to Paris Fashion Week, the show attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year, including members of the Royal Family,” according to visitlondon.com. It’s held at the Royal Hospital of Chelsea and put on by the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s been held at Chelsea Hospital since 1912 but has beginnings all the way back to 1833 when it was held in the RHS gardens in Chiswick.
Tickets for the horticultural extravaganza begin for the public at £45 (about $60) for a late afternoon viewing of the gardens and go as high as £105 (about $140) for an all day pass.
Now, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and we have the lovely Botanical Gardens. I enjoy walking through them a few times each year but the price tag is small in comparison. If you like the idea of beautiful horticulture but would like to spend a little less cash, you can always attend the Chelsea In Bloom event in Chelsea. It’s produced by the Cadogan property management company in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, so it’s not like the lesser sister of the Chelsea Flower Show. It’s a horticultural extravaganza in it’s own right.
I recently visited London and spent a day touring Chelsea Market. The streets are filled with shops but they are also filled with charm. I completely understand why just adding flowers would make it a wonder. If you are in London, you should definitely pop round to see the sights. But, if you aren’t in London, all you need to do to see them is use the #chelseainbloom on IG. Just imagine all of the pretty spaces in Chelsea filled with flowers! The scent must be heavenly.
I’m not currently in London so I can’t take advantage of the walking tours or rickshaw tours of Chelsea but according to the Chelsea In Bloom downloadable map, there are sixty displays to view. SIXTY! Can you even begin to believe all of the beauty?
I went to the voting page for Chelsea In Bloom and while I really liked the store fronts for Sarah Chapman and Rag and Bone, my favorite was Monica Vinader. It was so colorful and fun! Just go take a look at some of those store fronts. There’s no way you can simply pick one.
And, when you are planning your next trip to London, think about a May 21 - 25, 2019 visit. You can go to the formal affair one day and then hop over to the shops in Chelsea to see the In Bloom displays the next!
NOTE: If you are interested in Chelsea In Bloom, the schedule of events and/or a map of the area, feel free to check out the links below.