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RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Where? Royal Hospital, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea When? 20th to 24th May 2025 8 AM to 8 PM (Tue-Fri); 8 AM to 5.30 PM (Sat) Note: The first two days are reserved for RHS members only Price? 20th-21st from £58.85 22nd-23rd from £55.85 24th from £120.85 · See rhs.org Parking: Nearby car parks Buses: 11, 137, 211, 360, 452 Bus fares Trains: The closest station is Sloane Square Circle District Train fares

If the nearest you get to gardening is telling your kids to mow the lawn, then break out your sunglasses and head down to Chelsea to see how it's really done.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the gardening equivalent of Ascot with fantastic floral displays and the latest garden designs.

RHS Chelsea Flower ShowPhoto: rhs.org.uk

Expect a mesmerising array of plants and gardens from some of the world's leading growers, florists and nurserymen, demonstrating how even a modest urban space can be transformed into a captivating garden.

You can usually spot a few famous faces as well -- and maybe even King Charles and Camilla! [Note: the celebrities usually attend on the first two days which are reserved for RHS members.]

Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show

Some of the most green-fingered people in the country will have spent months planning out their little plots of land in the grounds of Christopher Wren's Royal Hospital.

Show Garden at the Chelsea Flower ShowPhoto: rhs.org.uk
Show Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

The show gardens often have a theme, or are designed to tackle a particular type of problem. You'll find gardens squeezed into the tiniest of spaces, gardens created on a budget, places to relax and unwind, and spaces for families to talk and spend time together. Some of the designs are almost like mini-film sets!

Floral display at the Chelsea Flower ShowPhoto: rhs.org.uk

Floristry and award-winning floral designs

The Great Pavilion will showcase a display of remarkable floristry skills which will be judged for a medal in the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year.

Spectrum of Fire by Lara ThorpePhoto: rhs.org.uk
Spectrum of Fire by Lara Thorpe

There will also be plenty of horticultural products on sale, from the latest gardening gadgets to ponds, plants and garden art, as well as a food court and picnic area so you can enjoy a bite to eat.

The Gardening in Small Spaces StudioPhoto: rhs.org.uk
The Gardening in Small Spaces Studio

If you'd like to try some luxury fine dining then check out the Ranelagh Restaurant, or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in the Champagne & Seafood Restaurant.

I also recommend… If you enjoy Royal Hospital then you might like to visit Guards’ Museum (walk it in 26 mins or catch a tube from Sloane Square to St Jamess Park), Household Cavalry Museum (Sloane Square to Westminster) and National Army Museum (you can walk it in less than 3 mins)

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