Chelsea Flower Show episode 9 2020: Monty Don is joined by Joe Swift and a team of gardening experts to celebrate the positive power of plants as they continue to share the very best of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
In this programme, they focus on the designers and growers striving for a better world with the creations they bring to the event. We find out how, over the years, the show has contributed to better promotion of the health of our planet, our plants and ourselves. At the heart of Chelsea is a reminder that gardening is good for your physical and mental health. Special guests Ellie Harrison and Fergal Keane join the team to talk about the importance of gardens to wildlife and wellbeing.
Chelsea Flower Show episode 9 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.