Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Preview

  The Chelsea Flower Show preparing for its 100th Press Day.




On Monday 20th May 2013, the most famous Horticultural Show in the world opens in London for its 100th year to deliver garden delights that inspire and delight, as well as create debate and discussion,

The Chelsea Flower Show is  THE horticultural mecca for global gardeners and marks the official beginning of English summer.

RHS Chelsea acting show manager Sarah Easter explains that both professional horticulturalists and total amateurs will find something to enjoy this year. “The history is what makes it special – it has been running for such a long time and we have very strong traditions within the show. I think people like that we uphold those traditions but, at the same time, it is also the place to go to see what’s new. It really is at the forefront of the industry.” While the organisers keep most details firmly under wraps until the show opens its doors, the BBC radio Times has uncovered a few special details from this year’s event that both beginners and expert gardeners will enjoy:—preview:

Particularly excited about Chelsea this year as I have been selected by the RHS to help visitors in the Great Pavilion:

“The Great Pavilion is fantastic, you can’t fail to fall in love with plants in there, the smell is absolutely sensational,” explains Sarah Easter from RHS Chelsea. “When you walk in it really hits you and I think everyone can get inspired in there.” She also points new gardeners towards the artisan gardens, “which are fantastic because they are nice and small and feel a lot more achievable”. Those without gardens can still take inspiration from the show. Sarah explains that the exhibition will appeal to those who don’t even have a garden; the displays will arouse their senses. “We have a lot of floral arrangements at the show and floristry, so there are lots of things to inspire,” she says.

My plan is to post daily blogs with photos to share my experiences among the UKs horticultural elite –  just  praying for glorious weather to make the 100th Chelsea Flower Show even more special. If you missed tickets this year not to worry – the BBC will be showing highlights every day featuring some of its favourite presenters such as Mr Titchmarsh – really hope I get to meet him in person!

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 8am-8pm, May 21-25, and 8am-5.30pm, 25 May at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3. for more info.

Watch the RHS Chelsea Flower Show lunchtimes on BBC1 and evenings on BBC2 (times TBC) throughout the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 21-25)


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