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8th May 2019
Chelsea Flower Show has been hosted in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – a majestic retirement home for veterans of the British Army with Grade II listed grounds – since 1912. One of the most famous years for the show was in 1937, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth celebrated their Coronation Year. As a result, the Chelsea Flower Show staged an Empire Exhibition, with plants and trees brought in from as far afield as Australia and East Africa. Chelsea Flower Show has become synonymous with royalty, as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 led to another celebratory Chelsea Flower Show, and most members of the royal family attended.
Nowadays, the show is as popular as it ever was. As well as members of the royal family making regular appearances every year, the show is also attended by more than 150,000 people from across the world annually. It’s widely believed even more people would attend if they could, but the limited number of tickets are in high demand and must be bought in advance. Various awards are presented to exhibitors at the show every year, ranging from floral arrangement trophies to Best Show Garden awards. Award-winners continue to enjoy even more success in their careers, thanks to the prestige associated with the Chelsea Flower Show.
In 2019, the Chelsea Flower Show is on from 21 to 25 May. Here are just some of the highlights at this year’s show…
Chelsea Flower Show is on from Tuesday 21 May to Saturday 25 May 2019. On Tuesday to Friday, the show is open from 8:00 to 20:00 and on Saturday, the show is open from 8:00 to 17:30. Tickets are available from the Chelsea Flower Show website.
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