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The Chelsea Flower Show: A Look Back Over the Years

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The Chelsea Flower Show: A Look Back Over the Years

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We look back at the Chelsea Flower Show's history and highlights

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For the first time since World War II, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2019

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A statement from RHS director general, Sue Biggs, reads:

‘Our RHS Shows are vitally important platforms for the horticultural industry, and we are especially aware of the impact of cancelling these events on everyone involved.  We will be doing all we can to help growers and nurseries to sell the plants they will have grown for the cancelled shows.

‘As with everyone, we have no crystal ball, but for the time being we are planning our Summer Flower Shows and our Gardens remain open, as they are large outside spaces where people can escape in open space and benefit from some tranquillity and beauty, surrounded by nature – all things that are much needed during these unsettling times.

‘Things of course may change, but whatever decisions we make, safety will be utmost in our mind and we will, like the rest of the world, be monitoring the situation closely.’

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth by a rock garden at the 1938 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

In light of this, we’re looking back at some of the Chelsea Flower Show’s history and past highlights; a reminder of all the beauty that London possesses and that good things are yet to come.

The Chelsea Flower Show: A Look Back Over the Years

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    Queen Mary with group at the 1913 show.

    Courtesy of RHS Lindley Collections

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    Queen Mary and King George V at the 1920 show.

    Courtesy of RHS Lindley Collections

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    Chelsea Flower Show poster (1927). Designed by Charles Shepherd ‘SHEP’ of Baynard Press.

    Courtesy of The Baynard Press / Charles Shepherd / RHS Lindley Collections

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    Preparing a model garden for the 1931 show.

    Courtesy of RHS Lindley Collections

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    Visitors walking over a bridge in a Japanese garden at the show in 1936.

    Courtesy of RHS Lindley Collections

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    Calceolaria ‘Dobbies Perfection’ in 1948.

    Courtesy of RHS Lindley Collections

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    Queen Elizabeth II at the 1961 show.

    Courtesy of Valerie Finnis / RHS Lindley Collections

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    London Gate entrance to the 2017 show, designed by Simon Lycett.

    Courtesy of RHS/Georgi Mabee

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    The Duchess of Cambridge at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

    Courtesy of RHS/Hannah McKay

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    The Supershoes, Laced With Hope Garden, a partnership with Frosts. Designed by: Laura Anstiss for the 2018 flower show.

    Courtesy of RHS

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    LG Eco-City Garden. Designed by: Hay-Joung Hwang for the 2018 show.

    Courtesy of RHS/Neil Hepworth

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    Chef Jasmine Hemsley, wears Dolce & Gabbana’s new Snap Pea dress in The Seedlip Garden in2018.

    Courtesy of RHS/Suzanne Plunkett

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    Designer, John Sallis Chandler poses with his Marks and Spencer: Floral Market exhibition at the 2018 show.

    Courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

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    Queen Elizabeth views the Peter Beales Roses exhibition in 2018.

    Courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

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    Waiters in red jackets serve champagne at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gala 2019.

    Courtesy of RHS/Georgi Mabee

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    The James Doran Webb Driftwood Sculptor tradestand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

    Courtesy of RHS/Georgi Mabee

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    An acapella group perform in the “D-Day Revisited Garden” designed by John Everiss Design in 2019.

    Courtesy of RHS/Suzanne Plunkett

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    Judi Dench is presented with an elm tree sapling on the Hillier Nurseries exhibition in 2019.

    Courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

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    ‘The Living Herbarium’ floral display by Gail Smith. Floristry in 2019.

    Courtesy of RHS/Georgi Mabee

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    Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Cambridge are given a tour of the RHS Back to Nature Garden by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2019. The garden was designed by the Duchess herself and landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects.

    Courtesy of RHS/Luke MacGregor

Featured image: Marcel Le Corgi® dog pictured at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

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