The Royal Horticultural Society actually held their first flower show in Chiswick in 1833. It was moved to Kensington in 1862, then to Temple Gardens, before finally settling in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1913, where it has been held ever since.
The show in numbers –
- 157,000 visitors each year (a cap was placed on the number of visitors in 1988).
- The great pavilion, with an area of 11,775 square meters is large enough to park 500 London buses.
- Of the firms that exhibited at the first show in Chelsea in 1913, three can still be seen at the show today.
- All the show Gardens are built from scratch in just nineteen days and dismantled in five days.
- Until 2013, gnomes were banned from the show, although exhibitors would often try to smuggle them in and hide them amongst the foliage. They apparently bring good luck to your garden!
Something for your diary:
Special events, walks, exhibitions will take place this year to celebrate Lancelot Brown. To know more, visit www.capabilitybrown.org
Chelsea Flower show will take place this year from 24-28 May 2016 https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show