Nothing celebrates Spring like an English flower garden in full bloom and no place honors the season better than London’s world famous Chelsea Flower Show. Garden enthusiasts from around the world come to see what’s on tap at this annual event. It’s known as the “Great Spring Show” and it’s being held this year from 24–28 May 2016. There will be many special events in place to get you in the spirit of the coming season.
Each year the Royal Horticultural Society puts together a stunning display of floral and horticultural exhibits on the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. There are over 100 plant breeders and nurseries showcasing their beautiful floral displays. This year’s theme is Health, Happiness and Horticulture with a call to action named “Greening Grey Britain.” Their plan is to transform grey areas into green planted areas as a way to improve lives and help the environment. The aim is also to showcase gardening as a form of exercise.
As 2016 celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, this year’s show will honor the Queen with displays and events devoted to her 90th Celebration. The Chelsea Flower Show is always known for its many stalls filled with one-of-a-kind artwork and crafts by skilled artisans. You can choose from a variety of unique products that are offered for the home and garden. The festivities continue into the evening with an after-hours Jazz concert. Enjoy a glass of fizz while listening to the relaxing sounds of the Ronnie Jazz Orchestra. The Chelsea Flower Show isn’t the only event of its kind sponsored by The Royal Horticultural Society. They have several events scheduled this Spring and Summer all throughout the UK.
Cardiff Flower Show 15–17 April
A spectacular flower show in Wales with the iconic Cardiff Castle as its backdrop featuring entertainment for all ages.
Malvern Spring Festival 5–8 May
Held in Malvern, Worcestershire, showcasing the best in food and gardening.Chatsworth Flower Show 7–11 JuneA new addition just added this year, the Chatsworth Flower Show will be held on the charming grounds of the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5–10 JulyCelebrate summer with another very popular RHS flower show held on the grounds of the historic Hampton Court Palace. View the stunning floral displays and garden inspirations on the grounds of Henry VIII’s iconic palace. This year’s event offers a special Preview Evening on 4 July from 5–10:30pm. Visitors can enjoy a first look at the displays and enjoy live entertainment followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Tatton Park Flower Show 20–24 July
Held near Knuts ford, Cheshire the show boasts a floral marque and plant plaza not to be missed.
There are also several other RHS flower events scheduled throughout the UK. Come celebrate the season and experience the best that garden and floral design has to offer by booking your next luxury home exchange in one of International Vacation Home Exchange’s charming England properties and bring home a few gardening secrets to use at your own palace.
Thank you travel blogger Lisa Medeiros. Follow her on Twitter @lisamedeiros_