Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift take an exclusive first look at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2019. They’ll be joined by Adam Frost, Carol Klein, Rachel de Thame, Arit Anderson and the rest of the team to reveal some of the most eagerly anticipated show gardens.
Plus an exclusive walk through of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge’s feature garden and the latest plant trends in the Great Pavilion. Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and his partner will also drop in to give their take on this year’s show.
Chelsea Flower Show episode 1 2019
The first Royal Horticultural Society Great Spring Show was held in 1862, at the RHS garden in Kensington. Before this date the RHS had held flower shows from 1833 in their garden in Chiswick, which themselves had been preceded by fetes. The Kensington Garden was chosen as a site because the flower shows in Chiswick were experiencing falling visitor numbers due to problems such as poor transport links. The Great Spring Show was held at Kensington for twenty-six years but in 1888 the RHS decided to move the show to the heart of London.
The site chosen was the Temple Gardens, situated between the Embankment and Fleet Street, which had a recorded history dating back to 1307 and which were said to date from the time of the Knights Templar. The roses for which these Temple Gardens were famous were alluded to in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 1.
Highlights to the Chelsea Flower Show include the avant-garde show gardens designed by leading names with Floral Marquee at the centrepiece. The Show also features smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban Gardens.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show, is a garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. Held at Chelsea since 1912, it is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the United Kingdom, and perhaps in the world. The show is attended by members of the British Royal Family and attracts visitors from all continents.