Monday, May 29, 2017

Arguably the Best Flower Show On Earth

The 2017 Royal Horticulture Society
Chelsea Hospital Benefit Flower Show

Day 12 
Once a year many of the leaders in the floral industry travel to London. They come to the RHS Chelsea Flower show where they check in on industry events, network with peers and spot trends. The show serves as an annual fundraising event for the Chelsea Hospital.

The Chelsea Flower Show is an outgrowth of the RHS "Great Spring Show" formerly in Kensington that dates back to 1862. The event moved to its present 11 acre Chelsea Hospital site in 1913. The show has been conducted rain or shine. It has gone dark only in war times when London greenhouses were out of production.

The four day show is always a sell out and has been forced to limit attendance to a little under 160,000 each year (which makes daily attendance about the same as a light day at Disneyland).

Despite necessary limitations on attendance, the show this year was mobbed (likely in part because of the remarkably sunny days that accompanied the show).

This is the high fashion catwalk for design trends in the floral industry.

Full disclosure Architect Roadboy had never heard of the RHS show before planning this trip. But this trip I was traveling with someone in the floral industry (who was able to secure tickets!!). So seeing the show was a once-in-a-lifetime event for me.

So I am just going to post photos that a non-industry kind of guy (me) took as I strolled amongst London's posh designer clad attendees.


 Stunningly Black Zentedeschia

Colorful Clematis


Fringed Tulips

Rotating Seating Orbs

Splashes of Color

Fragrant Roses

Spring Assemblage


(Loved the Bee)


Brilliant Assemblages
(Photo by Carrie)


Brilliant Shades of Begonias

Some Heroic Topiary
(Made From Artifical Turf) 

It was an amazing place, full of buzzing bees, brilliant colors and wonderful fragrances.

And being from Phoenix it was kind of amusing to see Londoner's ready to pass out in 81° F temperatures. 

Roadboys Travels © 2017

1 comment:

beachdaddy said...

I wonder if my dad was with you @ the flower show... he would have loved it!!!