The Chelsea Flower Show — The Most Famous Gardening Show in the World


The Monaco Garden, commission by Prince Albert of Monaco won a gold medal



The 2011 Chelsea Flower ends tomorrow, after tens of thousands of people have flocked to Chelsea to see it this week. The Queen and special celebrities go a day early and are the first to enjoy the many show gardens.

The Queen attends The Chelsea Flower Show

We enjoyed watching the daily coverage on the BBC, watching the  the iconic Alan Titmarsch as moderate. He’s the best-known gardener in the UK and presents the coverage in gentle English fashion on BBC 1 and BBC 2 each day. Click here to view episodes of the most famous garden show in the world

If you love gardening or simply enjoy seeing beautiful gardens, plants, flowers and outside ideas —  this is a must-see event that takes place in May every year.  Most of our London apartment rentals become booked months in advance, because they are a walk or short tube ride direct to Sloane Square. The absolute closest apartment is the beautiful Twain vacation rental apartment, located in Chelsea and only a few minutes walk to The Royal Hospital, where the show takes place.  This gorgeous apartment sleeps up to five in complete comfort.

Here are some of our favorite gardens this year:

The British Heart Foundation Garden made from medicinal plants

The arches or ‘heart strings’ rise out of the ground into a black pool, as the beating of a heart. Above the wall are limes, perfect for their heart shaped foliage and also for their edible qualities as young leaves. It serves as a lesson in medicinal plants, as many are known their healing properties in relation to cardiology such as Salix caprea Willow asan important source of asprin.

Celebrities flocked to the show on the first day…

Gwyneth Paltrow comes to Chelsea

The Australian Garden celebrated the epic journey made by Captain Cook and Sir Joseph Banks as they left England to map the Southern hemisphere in 1768

The Australian Garden commemorating Captain Cooks' Voyage to Australia

In the main pavilion:  the central display was a striking sculpture and scene from Thailand. Every piece of sculpture was covered in beautiful Thai flowers.

Thai flower display in the large Pavilion

Beautiful garden won a gold medal below

The Laurent Perrier Garden

Peaceful Cornwall Garden

Chelsea Pensioner's Garden from last year

Sculptures of stone dogs at Chelsea, a popular exhibit

Whimsical Sculptures at The Chelsea Flower Show

Japanese Garden at Chelsea

Another year of Chelsea is almost over and this was one of the best ones ever.


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