Chelsea Flower Show
This world-famous flower show is a traditional highlight of the social season and a particular favourite of the Royal Family.
Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and dating back to the mid-19th century, the Chelsea Flower Show takes over the grounds of The Royal Hospital for five days each May, displaying a huge array of plants, plus a multitude of gardening accessories and tools.
New plant launches, more than 20 show gardens predicting coming trends, and flower-arranging demonstrations are among the offerings, and awards are given for categories such as Best Chic Garden and Best City Garden. In 2011 the Best Show Garden went to the Brewin Dolphin Garden.
The popularity of this show means that advance booking is essential. Chelsea Flower Show tickets can be purchased online or by telephone. RHS members enjoy special rates and privileged entry.