The Chelsea Flower Show returns to London

A display at the Chelsea Flower ShowWhy not come and experience the most iconic flower show in the world this May at London’s Chelsea Royal Hospital?

The brightest new ideas and the latest gardening trends make this show the one everyone wants to see, and this year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower show with what is said to be an extra special event of magnificent displays and superb show gardens.

For the 2013 centenary show expect to see 15 spectacular Display Gardens, 11 Fresh Gardens demonstrating the best of contemporary garden design and eight Artisan Gardens. In addition, 150 exhibits from nurseries and florists in the Great Pavilion and up to 250 trade stands will all be at the show. This year’s gardening celebrations will be one not to miss.

The day isn’t just all flowers and gardens however – there will also be a ‘100 years in pictures’ presentation of historical photographs, capturing the growth of the Chelsea Flower Show, from a display of just 224 gardeners to the world famous exhibition it has become today. A concert, hosted with Opera Holland Park, will also be held on the Friday evening as part of the centenary celebrations. And don’t forget you can enjoy some sumptuous food and drink throughout the day.

Exhibits to look out for in particular this year include a garden modelled on London’s Olympic Park, ‘The Evolving Garden’ which shows how environmental issues have affected our gardens, and relax among beautiful summerhouses decorated by top UK designers and artists, including Wayne Hemmingway, Cath Kidston and Rob Ryan.

Tickets are selling out quickly but are still available here – – from £28 to £55 per person, with discount for RHS members.

Just 10 minutes down the road, DUKES Hotel London is the perfect place to stay whilst visiting the Chelsea Flower Show. Unwind after a day on your feet in our luxurious suites or treat yourself to a martini in our legendary bar.

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Image courtesy of Nzfauna