One of the highlights of this time of year for me is when The RHS Chelsea Flower Show rolls around. I was lucky enough to attend yet again this year and was utterly blown away. I was completely inspired by the beautiful displays.
The Chelsea Flower Show is a renowned event that attracts gardening enthusiasts, horticultural experts, and nature lovers worldwide. The show is full of vibrant displays of exquisite flowers, innovative garden designs, and inspirational exhibitions. It offers a delightful experience for all attendees.
However, navigating through the bustling crowds and making the most of your time at the Chelsea Flower Show can be a daunting task. Here are some photos from my trip, along with a guide and some tips if you plan on going next year!
Where Is The Chelsea Flower Show and How To Get There?
The Chelsea Flower Show takes place every year at the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds in London. It’s conveniently accessible via various modes of public transportation.
Sloane Square Station is the nearest tube station, a 10-minute walk from the showground. If you plan on getting the train, London Victoria is the closest train station to the show. If you’re heading via bus, the following bus numbers stop closest to the showground; 11, 137, 211, 360, 170, 44 and 452.
When Is The Best Time To Go?
Chelsea can get extremely busy quickly, especially inside the Great Pavillion, where the show gardens are. Unlike Bord Bia Bloom, where the afternoon often gets quieter, Chelsea has a constant stream of people due to the morning and afternoon tickets. If you are someone who doesn’t like a lot of crowds, try and visit on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The show opens its doors to the public at 8 am. Arriving early will give you a chance to admire the gardens and displays before they become crowded. Plus, you’ll have more opportunities to engage with garden designers and experts who are usually available during the morning hours.
When To Get Tickets For Chelsea Flower Show?
If you want to ensure you secure the tickets for the days you want to go, try and purchase your tickets in the Spring when they go on sale. Tickets do tend to sell out quite quickly.
What To Wear To The Chelsea Flower Show?
While the RHS Chelsea Flower Show does not enforce a formal dress code, attendees often dress elegantly, with celebrities and royal family members setting the style standards. Since the event primarily occurs outdoors, it is advisable to prioritize practicality when selecting your attire.
Instead of opting for your floor-length ballgown, it’s wise to pack versatile outfits, including layers, sunglasses, and waterproof clothing. Women commonly choose day dresses, skirts, or trouser suits, often incorporating floral prints and botanical designs to pay tribute to the occasion.
Don’t Forget To Explore The Area!
If you are planning your visit to Chelsea, you will undoubtedly be excited about the main event but remember to explore the surrounding area. Many beautiful flower displays are all over the Chelsea area. So as you go to the showground, be sure to stop and admire the surroundings!
Make a Must-See List
With over 500 exhibitors and numerous breathtaking displays, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the Chelsea Flower Show. To make the most of your time, create a must-see list by researching the show’s highlights in advance.
Identify the specific gardens, floral exhibits, or show gardens you’re most excited about and prioritize visiting them. This way, you will see all the displays that captivate your interest the most.
How Many Show Gardens Were at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023?
This year the Chelsea Flower Show featured a total of 12 Show Gardens, seven Sanctuary Gardens, four Balcony Gardens, five Container Gardens, six All About Plants Gardens, and two Feature Gardens.
Recap of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023
This year, the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show showcased various recurring themes. They include reshaping the perception of garden weeds, emphasizing drought-tolerant planting and using edimental plants.
Sustainability remained a prominent focus, with eco-friendly practices now being a significant factor in judging. Additionally, the balcony and container gardens showcased innovative approaches to maximizing small outdoor spaces. While the All About Plants exhibition inside the Great Pavilion emphasized the positive impact of plants.
Attending the Chelsea Flower Show is a memorable experience. It allows you to immerse yourself in the world of horticulture and witness the wonders of nature. By planning your visit, arriving early, and creating a must-see list, you can make the most of your time at the show.
Exploring beyond the main attractions, taking advantage of additional features, and prioritizing comfort will ensure a delightful and fulfilling experience. So, put on your walking shoes, embrace the beauty around you, and let the Chelsea Flower Show enchant you with its breathtaking floral displays and captivating garden designs.
You can check out my vlog of the trip here to see more of the displays and my experience at Chelsea!
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