When: May 2019
Where: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR
2011 - Diarmuid Gavin's 'Irish Sky' Garden – first garden to be suspended in the air
2010 – The first year Taiwan was invited and they displayed row after row of exotic orchids
2009 – James May's 'Paradise in Plasticine' Garden
1937 – To mark the Coronation Year of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, an Empire Exhibition was staged
1920s - The famous Chelsea tea parties were established
Spring just wouldn't be the same without a visit to a flower show and what better place to start than with the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show. A favourite with the Royal Family and the Royal Horticultural Society, Chelsea always delivers award winning garden designs.
As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch the latest trends and designs in flora and fauna, see show-stopping gardens and exhibitor wares on one of many package breaks. If you have a gardening problem, don't fret, as there will be plenty of experts on hand providing helpful tips and advice to inspire your gardens back home.
Tours tends to include: return coach travel, overnight accommodation in a quality hotel with breakfast, hotel-to-venue transfers plus ticket to the event.
2018 Award Winners were:
Best Show Garden
The Morgan Stanley Garden for the NSPCC - Designed by Chris Beardshaw
Best Construction Award
Welcome to Yorkshire - Built by Landform Consultants
Best Artisan Garden
O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA - The Hospitality Garden - Designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara
A few essentials for the Chelsea Flower Show.
What do I wear?
Comfy shoes are a must as you will be on your feet for most of the day. Bring a waterproof coat in case it rains instead of an umbrella as these can get in the way.
What to take with you?
It is not wise to carry large rucksacks or bags around the show with you as they can get in the way of other visitors. If you are bringing a picnic or any large bags, check them into the cloakroom until you need them.
Should I buy a show-guide?
Yes. The map will help you to spot the toilets, restaurants and stalls so you can plan your day effectively.
Are there any catering facilities?
Between 11.30am and 2.30pm the show gets rather crowded so it might be worth stopping for a bite to eat to avoid the congestion. Use the catering area in the northwest corner of the site by Creek Gate where you’ll find a range of hot and cold meals.
Skip the fancy lunch?
On the other hand, you don’t want to be wasting your time sitting in a restaurant at the greatest flower show on earth. Eat a big breakfast and take a small picnic as there are lots of grassy banks and areas where you can settle down and enjoy a more relaxed day.
How to beat the queues?
When the Main Avenue and Rock Garden Bank are congested, head into the Great Pavilion or to Western Avenue and Royal Hospital Way. The toilets in Western Avenue often have the shorter queues.
Can I bring the children with me?
Children are allowed to visit as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Unfortunately, under 5s and children’s buggies are not permitted.
How can I avoid carrying too much?
A folding box cart which can be bought at the show should solve all your problems. Once you have finished eating your picnic, you can then start filling your cart with your plant purchases.
Indulge in the last day?
You can only buy plants on the last day where you can grab a bargain too! Whilst you’re walking around, take note of the plants you want and then head to the stand before the 4pm sell-off bell.
What are the must-see’s?
Check out the different themed flower gardens, Show Gardens, Courtyard Gardens and the Urban Gardens which all have excellent ideas to get your green fingers itching to get out that trowel and start planting at home!
What if I am in a wheelchair?
There are 26 manual wheelchairs and 3 mobility scooters for hire at the Garden Entrance. All gardens are accessible with a recommended wheelchair route. The Rock Garden has limited access. There are adapted unisex WCs located at points throughout the garden – only suitable for manual wheelchair users.
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Address: The Chelsea Flower Show is held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL.
How to get there: All coach packages will include transfers directly to the venue. The nearest mainline station to the show is London Victoria and the nearest tube station is Sloane Square (10 minutes' walk). A shuttle service is available from Sloane Square tube on selected dates of the show for a small charge.