Chelsea Flower Show episode 12 2020: Sophie Raworth, Joe Swift and the team end the week with a focus on the people’s favourite gardens, plants and personalities.
Carol Klein looks at plants with royal aspirations, and we look at how the Queen and other members of the royal family have been involved with the Chelsea Flower Show over the years. There is a look back at some of their most memorable interviews with A-list celebrities who have attended the show, and we reflect on exhibits that marked significant moments in our nation’s history. Chris Bavin discovers the people’s favourite plants in the Great Pavilion, and we discover how tapping into our love of animals has helped designers scoop the small garden People’s Choice awards.
Sophie and Joe also reveal the garden and designer who has won the coveted title of the BBC/RHS People’s Choice Garden of the Decade.
Chelsea Flower Show episode 12 2020
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.