Chelsea Flower Show: What You Need To Know For 2019

Chelsea Flower Show: What You Need To Know For 2019

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May has arrived, and that means one thing for the Chelsea residents: the return of the most glamorous event in the gardening calendar, the Chelsea Flower Show.

Sponsored by M&G Investments for the 10th year in a row, this year’s Chelsea Flower Show will run from Tuesday 21st May to Saturday 25th May, and as usual, will take place at the Royal Hospital.

Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea

Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea

Arguably the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the world, let alone the UK, the Chelsea Flower Show has taken place in Chelsea since 1912, having originated as the Royal Horticultural Society Great Spring Show in 1862, and originally held at the RHS garden in Kensington.

This year’s themes for the show include children’s play areas, natural habitats (especially woodland) and the feelgood benefits of gardening. As well as the traditional breath-taking floral displays, this year’s Chelsea Flower Show will also feature an RHS “Back to Nature” Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and a show garden designed by the social media giant, Facebook.

Play areas, natural habitats and the feelgood gardening

Chelsea Flower Show photo from Evening Standard

Chelsea Flower Show, photo from the Evening Standard

The famous Great Pavilion will be making it’s iconic come-back this year, and there are hosts of exciting world-renowned designers to be featured along the Main Avenue in the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show.

Controversial social media giant, Facebook, will also be making an appearance this year, with a garden worth a staggering £75,000 to showcase social media’s ‘powerful force for positive change’. This may seem ironic, considering the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook says the garden is made for the youth of today, and will be a celebration of how the social network actually ‘enriches our lives’,  persuading its users to spend less time online and more time appreciating the great outdoors. No high-tech, state-of-art gadgets will be popping out from behind the plants here!

This year’s designers who will be actively leading the show include Andy Sturgeon, who will create a garden inspired by rock formations on an Australian beach, and Sarah Eberle. The Resilience Garden will touch on a major global issue that has recently peaked as a trending topic just about everywhere: climate change and its impact on our planet and future generations! Sarah’s garden hopes to raise awareness as it explores how our forest are faring as shifting global temperatures take their toll.

Should you be attending, do not forget to stop and admire the latest creation of last year’s People’s Choice Award Winner, Mark Gregory. ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ will be inspired by the ‘canals and waterways’ found in the quintessentially British West Yorkshire and the West Riding.

Chelsea Flower Show 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire by Mark Gregory and Landform

Welcome to Yorkshire, by Mark Gregory, image courtesy of Landform

This year, the judged gardens comprise of 11 show gardens, nine space-to-grow gardens and six artisan gardens. As mentioned above, this year marks the first time that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is co-designing a show garden alongside Davies White Landscape Architects. Given the firm’s impressive track-record of producing some of the country’s most renown community project, it could not be more of a fitting collaboration as her vision is inspired by her ‘childhood memories’ triggered by the natural world.

Social Media coverage

Unsurprisingly, the Chelsea Flower Show is a hot topic every May on social media. Naturally trending on Twitter during this time of the year, it is on Instagram where the beauty of the Chelsea Flower Show can truly be appreciated (unless you’ve managed to get a ticket, of course).

Type in #chelseaflowershow on Instagram and you’ll receive over 110,000 results, from rose displays to flower sculptures. The flower displays and gardens are a feast for the eyes, and it can almost seem difficult to decide where to start your search. We have scouted some fabulous Instagrammers whose sites we would recommend you check out nearer the big day:


London-based travel and lifestyle blogger, Nathan Rollinson, currently has 91.4k followers on his Instagram account and you’ll find it is full of floral images. A talented photographer in his own right, Nathan has visited the Chelsea Flower Show in the past, and we’re hoping he’s going again in 2019 so we can see what particularly will catch his eye.


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A young designer, Tom Massey has previously had his designs featured in the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 and designed a garden for the 2018 Singapore Garden Festival at the awe-inspiring Gardens by the Bay the same year, where he won the gold medal. Keep an eye out for any 2019 posts.


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If there are any gardening-related Instagram accounts that you must check out, it’s Kate Gould’s. She has previously won the RHS Chelsea gold medal, and this year will be designing her 10th show garden for Chelsea Flower Show – certainly one to watch for the highlights!


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