Interflora at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Bethany Day on May 17, 2014

We’re delighted to be back at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a beautiful exhibit that’s designed to wow the crowds.

‘Succession’ will consist of five wire canopy frames each individually designed and adorned with beautiful flowers falling in the colour palettes of pinks, oranges and yellows. Common features connect the frames giving the exhibit a clean, fresh and cohesive appearance.

The exhibit will be created by a team of five young florists aged from 21 to 27 years, who were all selected for their passion, floristry skills and expertise.



Chelsea in Bloom

by Bethany Day on May 15, 2014

Rag and Bone Chelsea in Bloom 2013Between Monday 19th and Saturday 24th May, Chelsea in Bloom will transform the streets of London with breath taking floral displays.

The annual competition, which is held in association with the Royal Horticultural Society and takes place during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show, sees the area’s best retailers adorning their shop fronts with creative floral designs to compete for coveted awards.



Planning a Visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Bethany Day on May 14, 2014

In May, tens of thousands of people will head to London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea for the famed RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The event is arguably the highlight of the horticultural calendar so, if you’re planning a visit, you’ll want to make the most of your day out. Here’s our guide to ensuring that your day at Chelsea goes without a hitch.

Travel plans

The RHS advise visitors to travel to the show via public transport. It’s good advice if you want to spend more time taking in the beautiful sights at the show and less time getting stuck in traffic. We recommend jumping on the tube and taking the District or Circle line to Sloane Square station. The showground is just a ten minute stroll away. It’s a pleasant walk, past some of the Royal Borough’s most exclusive and luxurious shops many of which will have transformed their windows for the annual Chelsea in Bloom festival – a great appetiser for the RHS show.  

If you’re coming from further afield, London Victoria is the closest train station to the show and there is also a shuttle bus from the station to the showground. If you really can’t leave the car at home, there is public parking at Battersea Park, but be warned it is first come first served and there are likely to be queues.

For further information on London underground travel, visit the Transport for London website.

Timing is everything

Doors to the flower show open promptly at 8am so if you want to beat the crowds and make the most of the day get there early.  We recommend picking up a catalogue at the entrance to help you navigate your way around the showground and locate exhibits on your must-see list. If you’re not sure what to see first, one top tip is to keep an eye on the weather forecast for the day. Make the most of sunny spells by visiting the impressive show gardens on the main avenue, then enjoy the floral delights of the Great Pavilion.

Dress to impress­­­­­­

There’s no dress code at Chelsea so feel free to wear whatever you are most comfortable in, but if you are having a special day out, it can be nice to get a bit dressed up. Smarter gents tend to wear blazers and light trousers, while many women opt for pretty summery dresses with a head-turning hat. As a British institution, Chelsea is also vulnerable to the Great British weather and downpours are common so make sure you have an umbrella or waterproof jacket with you. Comfortable shoes are a must too!

Take less, not more

A day out at Chelsea Flower Show means a long day on your feet. Lighten the load by taking only the essentials with you; a camera, your purse or wallet, a bottle of water and a notepad for taking down details of flowers and plants.  

Don’t forget your purse

There’s plenty to splash your cash on at Chelsea from flowers to glasses of Champagne, so if you want to treat yourself make sure you take some cash. Many of the stalls don’t take card payments and while there are a number of on-site cash machines these will charge for use and queues are likely to be big.

Pick up a picnic or treat yourself to lunch

There are plenty of places to grab a bit to eat at Chelsea, but if you are watching your pennies you may want to take a picnic. Providing the sun is shining, there are lots of grassy banks and areas you can settle down on to enjoy a well-earned break and re-fuel for the afternoon without having to battle the queues at the on-site eateries. You can even throw in a bottle of bubbly to help create a party atmosphere! Our favourite picnic spot is on the Plateu in Ranelagh Gardens, where you can listen to live music from the bandstand. Heavenly!

Alternatively, there are a wide range of catering facilities is available at the show, offering everything from three-course meals to sandwiches and ‘posh’ fish and chips. The Rock Bank Restaurant is popular with regular visitors and offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can prebook a table or take your chances on the day.

For more details about the show, or for further help planning your visit, go to the RHS website.


Fascinating Facts About The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Bethany Day on May 12, 2014

With this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner we thought we’d delve deep into the archives and reveal a few things you may not know about the world’s most prestigious flower show.

Did you know, for example…

  • The first RHS Chelsea Show was officially called ‘The Great Spring Show’, however the name ‘The Chelsea Flower Show’ quickly caught on.
  • In 1947, to help fill the space left by exhibitors still recovering from the War, a portion of the marquee was devoted to flower arrangements for the first time. Flower arranging became a regular feature. In 1956 it was allocated its own separate tent, known today as the Great Pavillion.
  • All the Show Gardens have been built from scratch in just 19 days and will be dismantled in only 5 days. Read more >>

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The History of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Bethany Day on April 13, 2014

Established in 1913, on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital in London, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has become one of the most celebrated annual events in the world and the world’s greatest showcase for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the globe.

We take a look at the history behind the show and why it’s become such a national institution.



Plant-based Extract gives Disease Hope

by Bethany Day on March 4, 2014

A chemical found in several plants could help babies who are born with a rare and debilitating muscle disease, a study suggests.

Quercetin, a naturally occurring extract which is present in some herbs, grains, fruits and vegetables, could help prevent damage to nerves linked to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), scientists believe.

SMA is often known as floppy baby syndrome because it leaves children with little or no control of their movements.

The disease, a leading genetic cause of death among infants and toddlers, affects one in 6,000 babies and around 50% of those with the severest form will die before they are two.



Yorkshire Dales celebrated in Festival

by Bethany Day on March 3, 2014

An annual festival based around the floral features of the Yorkshire Dales will run from March to October.

The Flower of the Dales Festival boasts more than 100 events including guided walks, art shows, “grow wild” activities supervised by experts, and children’s craft activities.

It celebrates aspects of the region such as its famous hay meadows and pastures, moorland and limestone pavements and wildlife including rare wildflowers, insects, birds, small mammals and grasses.



New Festival replaces Flower Parade

by Bethany Day on February 28, 2014

Spalding Flower FestivalA new festival of flowers has been announced to replace an annual flower parade which lasted for 50 years.

Springfields Horticultural Society in Lincolnshire has announced the new Springfields Festival and Tulipmania, which is due to take place in May at Springfields Festival Garden – also featuring a craft fair, classic car show, children’s fun fair, music and dance.

The society said the festival is being established to keep up Spalding and South Holland’s tulip-growing heritage and other produce, as well as its engagement with the community.



BBC Commissions New Gardening Show

by Bethany Day on February 27, 2014

A new four-part gardening show is set to hit TV screens across Britain this spring, with a focus on heritage gardens, bees, soil and mushrooms.

British Gardens in Time will be presented by Chris Beardshaw, Andrea Wulf and National Trust head gardener Alan Power and will feature Great Dixter, Stowe, Biddulph, Grange and Nyman’s heritage gardens as part of series which will be shown on BBC4.



Hot Summer Prompts Butterfly Boom

by Bethany Day on February 19, 2014

butterflyButterfly numbers have boomed in the UK thanks to a hot summer in 2013, experts have revealed.

Species such as the brimstone, common blue and small tortoiseshell all bounced back on farmland after their numbers nosedived the previous year, according to Butterfly Conservation, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Their joint “wider countryside butterfly survey” showed there was also a resurgence in the small copper, small skipper and large skipper varieties – as last year’s bright and sunny weather triggered a colourful outbreak of butterflies across the countryside.


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