The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the world’s leading gardening charity. Every year since 1913, in celebration of the wonders of flowers, they put on the Chelsea Flower Show to inspire more people to take up gardening and to showcase the very best talent in the field. With so much going on from events to themed menus and pop-ups, we’ve rounded up the best things to do at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and outside of the show, across the rest of the city that will find itself in springlike bloom.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019: 21-25 May
Show Gardens to See:
IKEA and Tom Dixon: Gardening Will Save The World
Furniture and homeware giant IKEA has collaborated with British designer Tom Dixon to create this two floor garden which explores the future of urban gardening. The garden, which includes a horticultural lab, a raised botanic oasis and a canopy-like ecosystem, looks at the importance of growing food locally, how this will positively affect the environment and also showcases the huge potential for democratic urban farms.
The Savills and David Harber Garden
This garden is a celebration of the undeniably vast and incredible importance of plants, trees and grass in urban areas and the life saving affect that planting them have on our world. Including sculptures designed by David Harber, this show garden plays with light and creates unique patterns.
The Trailfinders ‘Undiscovered Latin America’ Garden
Designed by Jonathan Snow and sponsored by Trailfinders, stepping into this show garden is like stepping into the rainforests of South America. Built on a slope, the garden plays host to rainforest plants that thrive in the temperate zones they’re accustomed to. It also includes a striking red walkway and dramatic waterfalls.
Blue Forest and Chewton Glen’s Treehouse
Rediscover your inner child at this spectacular treehouse created by Blue Forest and Chewton Glen. One their exhibit has been showcased at the show, it will be transported to the luxurious Chewton Glen hotel and act as the new hub for the hotels’ children’s club. Before it goes to the kids, guests who visit the treehouse at the Chelsea Flower Show will be able to explore the typically English interior design of the installation and admire its thoughtful amenities such as the reading nook and purpose-built furniture. chewtonglen.com
Food and Drink Offerings
With so much to see at the show, stop at one (or more) of the below food and drink spots for a leisurely lunch or punchy pit stop, before continuing on your journey through the gardens.
Jardin Blanc with Raymond Blanc
With menus designed by chef Raymond Blanc himself, a visit to this tranquil jardin is a must. Go for crafty cocktails or elegant food and enjoy it in the serene setting, nestled in a corner of the show. Peruse the packages and book at rhs.org.uk.
Champagne & Seafood Restaurant
Sup on sustainable seafood and chilled champagne whilst overlooking scenic views of the show. The a-la-carte menu is hard to resist, and for something even more indulgent, dine at the Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar which resides inside the restaurant itself. Pre-book your table at rhs.org.uk
The Drawing Room
If spending a morning at the show, stop for afternoon tea at The Drawing Room. Curated by Claire Clark MBE, the menu includes themed cakes and bites as well as a generous selection of teas and a glass of Fortnum & Mason champagne. Pre-book at rhs.org.uk
What’s On Outside of the Show?
Outside of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the rest of the city is taking part in the festivities, using the opportunity to create one-off menus, experiences and events related to all things floral. These are our pick of the bunch…
No 11 Pimlico Road’s Flower Crown Design Workshop
In this 90 minute workshop with Moyses Stevens, guests will learn, just in time for the start of the summer festival season, how to make their own unique flower crown. The creative workshop will be accompanied by canapes and cocktails taken from No 11 Pimlico Road‘s new spring menu. Tickets £50pp, book at eventbrite.co.uk
The Egerton House Hotel’s Experiences
To celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, elegant Knightsbridge hotel Egerton House has created two beautiful floral installations inside and outside the hotel. They’ve also launched their new Summer Garden Afternoon Tea, a Botanical Cocktail Menu, and finally, a flower arranging workshop in the garden. Hosted by the hotel’s garden designer, Jane Wadham, the class will include a lesson in making a lavender sphere arrangement which guests will then be able to take home. Tickets include a welcome cocktail or glass of champagne, a bottomless Summer Garden Afternoon Tea, and the 45 minute workshop. Tickets £70, book at egertonhousehotel.com
Crosstown Doughnuts x Bluebird Chelsea
Doughnut Afternoon Tea. Need we say any more? Sit inside the Bluebird and enjoy this rare afternoon tea offering featuring Crosstown‘s vegan orange blossom dough bites and flower inspired cakes designed by Bluebird’s pastry chef. 21-25 May, £29.50pp, book a table at bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
Chelsea Barracks Kitchen by Ollie Dabbous
Popping up to coincide with the show, bookings for Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous’ Chelsea Barracks Kitchen restaurant are flying fast. Located just a stone’s throw from the show grounds, it’s the perfect place to stop for an elegant supper once you’re all ‘flowered out’. Before you eat, stop and admire the two new garden squares that that Chelsea Barracks are opening to the public for the first time in 150 years. Book a table at chelseabarrackskitchen.com