RHS Chelsea Flower show

The Royal Horticulatural Society has been holding the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show on the grounds of the Royal Hospital every year since 1913. The show itself has a long history that began in 1833 when the RHS hosted flower shows at their garden located in Chiswick.  From there, it moved around to a couple of other sites until it finally made its home on the site of the Royal Hospital.

The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is without a doubt my favorite event of the year in London.  I’m already looking forward to what they’ll do next year and this year’s show isn’t even over yet!

I grew up going to the Philadelphia Flower Show and have a deep love and appreciation of gardening.  At my house in Pennsylvania, I have a large vegetable and fruit garden that I used to spend lots of time in before moving overseas.  For me, true luxury is having the time to get my hands in dirty in the soil.  There’s nothing like it.

Unfortunately, I have no garden at the moment, so I rely on the beauty of the botanical gardens I visit throughout my travels to get my flower fix.  And, each year, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  It never disappoints and I always leave inspired.  Not only are there floral displays, they also have an incredible array of products and services that leave me longing for my garden.

TFF’s Favorite Garden Displays (In No Particular Order)

The M&G Garden – Designed by Sarah Price, this garden was created with sunny, warm climes in mind.  It featured Mediterranean flowers and plants as well as materials dug from the earth.

The Welcome To Yorkshire Garden – Designed by Mark Gregory, this garden was inspired by the Yorkshire Dales and had a color scheme of purple, pink and white.  It had the most tranquil sounding little waterfall.

The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate Garden – Designed by Jonathan Snow, this garden was a visual of a traditional South African wine estate featuring a Cape Dutch homestead among the bright palette and exotic looking flora.


The David Harper and Savills Garden – Designed by Nic Howard, this garden was inspired by how sculpture and landscape can tell a story and encourage contemplation.  I was mesmerized by the yellow sculpture of Aeon.

RHS Chelsea Garden Show Highlights

I thought this display titled Fifty Shades of Gold by Capel Manor College was stunning.

Loved the message on this bench from The CHERUB HIV Garden:  A Life Without Walls.  Acceptance Not Stigma.

This was definitely declared my new favorite Peony from Binny Plants.  Absolutely gorgeous.

I could have 100% gotten used to sitting here.  It was so peaceful looking.

This Icelandic blue poppy was even prettier in person.

I could go on for ages about the wonders of the Chelsea Garden Show but I’ll stop here.  The show is on until May 26th and if you’re in the area you should go.  It’s an incredible event that anyone who appreciates flowers should experience at least once in their lifetime.

The Female Factor: This is a situation where both women and men do so much to bring this incredible show to life each and every year. There were, however, several female designers for both the show and artisan gardens.  Sarah Price, Jo Thompson, Hay-Young Hwang and Laura Anstiss are just a few of the many.



25 thoughts on “RHS Chelsea Flower show

  1. Your photos are beautiful, especially the blue poppy. I have a little flower garden in my yard that I tend to daily and I have to admit it brings me a lot of peace to work the soil. I have been trying to grow poppies for several years and I finally have a plant that has a bud on it. I am so excited to see it bloom. It won’t be a blue poppy but it will be a flower that will surely make me smile. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.

    1. Thank you! I’m going to attempt to try and grow blue poppies one of these days…

  2. Beautiful photos! I recently started a container garden on my balcony and I have found so much joy in watching things grow! I’ve never been to a flower show, but I think I would enjoy it based on your article 🙂

    1. I love container gardening! I don’t have a garden where I live now so containers are my life. It’s amazing what you can do with them!

  3. Your pictures are really beautiful. I have a small garden set up in my balcony. Seeing then grow gives an awesome feeling. Wonderful pictures !!!

  4. I’ve never heard anything about flower show, at least now in where I come from. I’m from Indonesia and there’s only some botanical garden with no specific flower show in particular. But this even looks interesting to check out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. I bet the botanical garden near you is beautiful! I tend to visit them on my travels so I can see what grows in other countries. It’s always fun to see new types of flora.

  5. That looks so marvelous and green! The Yorkshire Garden is very much what I’d love to have in a future home. For now we’re in the desert, so it’s not an option.

    1. I’m curious, do you have cactus? The only desert I’ve visited was in Dubai but I didn’t see any. Only sand. 🙂

  6. I recently visited The Botanical Gardens here in San Antonio, Texas but they were nothing like this. Your photos really capture the beauty described in this post. If only we had a place to visit like this here. I am not sure the climate would allow it.

  7. These photos are beyond stunning! Seems more like a travel blog but still love it!

  8. What a wonderful event to attend! I’d love to be able to spend a day in English gardens.

    1. The gardens over here are out of this world. I always leave them so inspired and then I remember that I don’t have a garden of my own at the moment! 🙂

    1. Isn’t it amazing? Year after year it never gets boring. It’s incredible what can be done with flowers and plants.

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