The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show has drawn to a close for another year (19 - 23 May). If you’re not familiar with this event, it’s a celebration of all things gardening in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, with incredible gardens and garden displays being constructed purely for the few days of the show, then torn-down or moved elsewhere.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

It’s a spectacle that is English to the core, reflecting the deep cultual link between people and their gardens. The traditional ‘English country garden’ is a rare thing now, and the show reflects this with a very global take on gardening and garden design - influences from most countries and regions can be seen.

On the last day, at 4pm, the sale of many of the plants begins, and the mood changes from genteel to more frenzied as visitors look to bag bargains.

If you missed this, then in a few weeks there’s the Hampton Court Flower Show (30 Jun - 5 July).

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