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London’s Must-See Flower Shows in 2019

23 April 2019 Natasha Sutton-Williams

Spring has finally sprung! With the balmy weather here to stay, why not spend your free time outdoors taking in the sumptuous beauty that these London flower shows have to offer. 

Chelsea in Bloom: 20 - 25 May
Chelsea’s opulent floral art show is back! For five days Chelsea’s chic restaurants, boutiques and hotels are adorned with a fabulous array of floral art displays. This year’s theme is ‘Under the Sea’ to highlight the importance of ocean conservation. You can vote for your favourite display in the ‘People’s Champion Award’. 

Chelsea in Bloom flower show
 
Belgravia in Bloom: 20 – 25 May
The sister festival of Chelsea in Bloom, this floral art show boasts 50 fabulous installations, as well as an assortment of fully immersive floral themed events. This year’s theme is the ‘Language of Flowers’, which invites the detective in you to discover the secret meanings behind distinctive flowers. This is a historic tradition stemming from the Victorian era, where secret messages were sent through displays of bouquets and potted plants. This method of communication has been deemed one of the most unnoticeable and elegant ways of subterfuge. 

Belgravia in Bloom flower show
 
Chelsea Flower Show: 21 – 25 May
London’s most prestigious exhibition of all things floral is of course the Chelsea Flower Show. There are a multitude of show gardens to get lost in, all of which are shaped by top designers, who bring the latest innovations of horticulture to their living works of art. You can immerse yourself in the Great Pavilion’s Discovery Zone where you will find fascinating exhibitions on the latest science and research from the world of horticulture. With exquisite displays, world-class gardeners, and a host of celebrities flocking to see these ornate arrangements, you will be sure to have an unforgettable day out.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
 
Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival: 2 – 7 July
Situated in Henry VIII’s majestic palace and grounds, Hampton Court Palace’s Garden Festival is the world’s largest annual flower show. There are workshops, live music and competitions to enjoy, as well as their famous flower marquee, water and show gardens. There’s also a brand new dining experience, which includes a foraging workshop where you will be expertly guided through a wild garden to pick sorrel, rowanberries, mushrooms, elderberries and wild garlic to add flavour to your five-course meal.  
 
Hampton Court Palace Festival

National Flower Show: 17 – 19 May
Hop on a train to Chelmsford and explore the handsome Hylands House & Estate where you will find an extravaganza of floral exhibitions competing for this year’s Best in Show. Hylands House itself will be filled with foliage, flowers and fragrances, with designs inspired by horticultural expeditions from around the world. This year will host some special guests including John Challis (Boycie from Only Fools and Horses). Gardeners’ World and Grow Your Own VegTV gardener and horticultural expert Carol Klein will officially open the flower show and host a Q&A session on Friday 17 May, so have your flower-powered questions at the ready!
 
National Flower Show
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