The Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom

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Chelsea is the place for any anthophile to be during May when it hosts both the Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom.

Established by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1862, the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the world’s largest and most popular gardening events. Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital since 1912, it presents some of the most innovative garden designs and is where new plant varieties are launched. There is a RHS shop and trade stands aplenty so you are sure to find a part of Chelsea to take home with you! This year’s show runs from 23 until 27 May and tickets are now on sale.

Run in collaboration with the RHS and Cadogan and timed to coincide with the Flower Show is Chelsea in Bloom. The free annual event sees the streets, squares and shopfronts of Chelsea transformed with the most beautiful and elaborate floral displays. This year’s theme is Flowers on Film as Chelsea is very popular in the cinematic world – it was home to Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Ian Fleming and Bram Stoker and titles including Withnail & I, A Clockwork Orange, Spectre and 101 Dalmatians were filmed in the area. It will be fabulous to see what’s referenced in the floral creations!

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