Posted by Becky
The world famous Chelsea Flower Show opens in London tomorrow. Running from the 22–26th May this annual garden show is one of the highlights of the horticultural year and it’s expected that thousands of visitors will flock to the Capital on a London break to enjoy the displays.
A regular fixture on the Royal calendar the Queen and Prince Phillip will enjoy a private tour of the gardens before it opens to the public. 2012 celebrates the Queens 48th visit to the show and as part of the Diamond Jubilee the show will display exhibitions of photographs of HM The Queen at Chelsea as well as a specially commissioned flower bed. Designed by the Parish of St Helier, Jersey, the flower bed will be a three dimensional tiered design created from a mixture of summer flowering and foliage plants.
Also in celebration of the Jubilee the Generation Gardens have taken care in their choice of planting to reflect the Jubilee. School children from around the country have been growing red, white and blue root vegetables and red, white and blue Petunias and Gerberas.
If you can’t make it down to the Chelsea Flower Show then there are plenty more dates to add to you calendar. BBC Gardeners’ World Live comes to the NEC Birmingham in June, from the 18–22 July the Royal Horticultural Society show at Tatton Park takes place, while the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show takes place in early July in the stunning surroundings of the Historic Royal Palace. In late September The Malvern Autumn Show takes place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern and in October there is the London Autumn Harvest Show so there is plenty going on throughout the year.
Will you be heading to any flower shows this year, which is your favourite?