The RHS Chelsea flower show 2012 starts tomorrow (22nd May) and runs until 26th May 2012. The flower show increases with interest every year and will see over 157,000 visitors.
Regarded as the floral equivalent of Paris fashion week, the show has become an important place for observing trends. New plant varieties and old favourites are featured as well as some stunning show gardens by leading garden designers.
The event is run by the Royal Horticultural Society and takes place on the large grounds (11 acres) of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.
Here’s five RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 show gardens to look out for this year:
The M&G Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon
Featuring the ‘energy wave’ sculpture, made from copper rings, weaving through the garden, this ‘new English’ design works with natural materials and country garden planting, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.
The Daily Telegraph Garden designed by Sarah Price
A garden for contemplation, an intricate pattern of pools in Chilmark limestone, with perennials, rushes, grasses and meadow flowers.
A Celebration of Caravanning designed by Jo Thompson
A true sense of fun to this garden with a birch Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’ tower and with timber decking, sandstone paths, and a water rill that doubles as a wine chiller.
Rooftop Workplace of Tomorrow Designed by Patricia Fox
An inspirational garden for those who are short of outdoor space. Using rooftop spaces along with a large screen that projects sound and visuals.
The Westland Magical Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin
Pyramid-shaped and comprising seven terraces of planting at different levels. Stairs to the different levels for the way up, but a more fun way of decending – a stainless tubular slide!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 Opening times
Tue 22 May: 8am – 8pm
Wed 23 May: 8am – 8pm
Thu 24 May: 8am – 8pm
Fri 25 May: 8am – 8pm
Sat 26 May: 8am – 5.30pm; sell off 4pm
And why not carry on the floral theme by enjoying our ‘Fleur-Tea’ Afternoon tea at our Riverside Brasserie?