Despite the worst season of a generation for horticulture, one of London's most famous summer events opened with the year's finest collection of flowers.
Despite the worst season of a generation for horticulture, one of London's most famous summer events opened with the year's finest collection of flowers. The Chelsea Flower Show has increased from just seven acres when it first opened in 1913, to 27-acres of spectacular floral viewing. The show opened on Wednesday (24 May) to the public, in the grounds of the Chelsea Pensioner's Home in London.
SYNOPSIS: This plush scene is not representative of what it's been like for gardening enthusiasts this growing season in Britain. But the Chelsea Flower Show blooms annually whatever the weather'.
With flowers from Belgium, Holland, Germany, Columbia, South Africa and Spain, as well as Britain, the show claims a greater range of common and exotic plants than any other show in Europe.
By the careful use of artificial heat and lighting, the growers are able to advance or delay blooming, so everything is at its peak for the show. And at Chelsea they specialize in new colours for old favourites and new varieties of exotic orchids and other rare plants.
The Japanese miniature garden is always a popular display of showmanship as well as cultivation. Beside the lavish colour of so many of the displays, the gardens show a simplicity of designs. Hundreds of growers have been working for a whole year in preparation for the 57th annual Chelsea Flower Show. In three days, they'll be at work again for next year's show.