The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most quintessentially British events on the social calendar, with cream teas, sudden spring showers and stylish people in genteel pastels and Panama hats.
Among the highlights of this year’s show was a garden created for Sentebale, the charity co-founded by Prince Harry which helps children in Lesotho. The Prince himself viewed the garden on the Monday morning ahead of a visit from the Queen, who sees the show annually.
There was also a L’Occitane UK garden designed by James Basson; A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse focused on the scents and flowers of the Southern French town, which was once at the heart of the country’s perfume industry; the rust-heavy Dark Matter Garden, designed by Howard Miller with the National Schools’ Observatory, which focused on the appreciation of science through astrophysics; An arbour of roses by Peter Beale; a blissful Thailand Land Of Buddhism display; and spheres of chrysanthemums perched atop giant ice cream cones.
An arbour of roses by Peter Beale
Thailand Land Of Buddhism
Chrysanthemums ice cream cones
Running alongside the Royal Horticultural Show was the Chelsea in Bloom competition, which saw retailers in the area, including Sloane Street, get into the spirit of the show by decorating their store fronts with flowers in line with this year’s theme: Fairy Tale Flowers. The stores were judged according to originality, quality of finish and suitable containers; plant choice and maintenance; and wow factor.
Among the stores on Sloane Street who took part was FENDI, who won gold with their interpretation of Rapunzel.