The Chelsea Flower Show 2016
12 May 2016
The Chelsea Flower Show is set to return for five days from 24th - 28th May 2016. Each year the event bears witness to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea morphing, seemingly overnight into one of the greatest floral displays of the globe.
Newcomers to the event can expect to see a range of extravagant and contemporary displays which include:
- Belmond British Pullman will be unveiling a 60-foot carriage that will form a central part of the planted station in the Great Pavilion, an area of 6,00sq ft.
- This year sees the creation of a dedicated acoustic garden. This area is created by Dame Evelyn Glennie, a world-leading percussionist, who will be on hand to entertain visitors with music throughout the event.
- A poppies tribute will feature at the entrance to the show, created by Phillip Johnson.
- Dazzling displays will feature again, courtesy of “horticultural showman” Diarmuid Gavin. His showpiece is titled “The British Eccentrics Garden” and will feature a range of bizarre yet intriguing gadgets that will spontaneously burst into life every fifteen minutes.
- Be sure you do not miss out on the RHS Garden, utilising the theme “Health, Happiness and Horticulture”. It will be tenderly constructed by Ann-Marie Powell. A second garden display not to be missed is the Modern Apothecary Garden, created by the RHS Ambassador Jekka McVicar.
- Additionally there will be horticultural infusions and inspirations from around the world featured at this year’s show. This will include the following countries, the Netherlands, Japan, Cambodia, Chile, Australia and many more!
In addition to the above, the show will feature a diverse selection of dedicated show gardens. Each of these will be showcasing the high calibre of talent currently provided by some of the world’s leading garden designers. In their own styles, each of these show gardens will test the limits and possibilities of plantsmanship, landscaping and garden design.
The show gardens are accompanied by a number of smaller garden categories. This includes a range of “Artisan Gardens” that will pay homage to both traditional and contemporary artisanal gardening skills. Another category is “Fresh Gardens” that will combine innovative materials with challenging ideas.
Perhaps the single biggest show stopper of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is the fact that it will also mark the celebration of HM the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Queen has long been an RHS patron and the flower show will mark the occasion with a range of photographic exhibits and a floral arch.