Spring has sprung and we are enjoying the beauty of flowers budding and blooming. One place that is the ultimate in flowers and gardens is The Chelsea Flower Show in London. It is the most notable flower show in the world and inspires millions by displaying the very best in flowers and garden design. The event is being held this year from May 23-27.
The show has been held since 1912 by the Royal Horticultural Society on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth celebrated their Coronation Year in 1937. To mark the occasion, a splendid Empire Exhibition was featured at the Chelsea Flower Show that showcased horticultural exhibits from Australia, Canada, East Africa and Palestine.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was a good reason continue the celebration by holding a flower show. Numerous members of the royal family attended the show that year. However, Queen Elizabeth had other commitments and was unable to attend.
Highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show include the avant-garde show gardens designed by leading artisans. It also features smaller gardens for the delight of its viewers.
The Chelsea Flower Show is now attended by approximately 157,000 visitors every year. Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance. The show is televised by the British Broadcasting Company. Several members of the British Royal Family attend a preview of the show, as part of their support of the Royal Horticultural Society.
New plant selections are often unveiled at the show while the popularity of older varieties are revitalized under the attention of the horticultural world.
For the avid gardener or anyone who enjoys nature and the abundant beauty of flowers, this may be a new addition to your bucket list!