RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018: In Pictures
The Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show is one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious horticultural events that captivates the 157,000 annual visitors as well as the millions of people who watch the televised show.
The highly-anticipated event isn't only a celebration of all things horticultural but, since it's inception in 1913, it has also become synonymous with the start of the “London season”. There were 26 gardens at this year's show, all of which aimed to inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces.
The show was supported by 'Chelsea in Bloom', a competition that saw local businesses around London decorate their shops with eye-catching floral displays. Everyone joined in from exclusive private members club Annabel's in Mayfair, to high-end fashion label Rag & Bone in Sloane Square.
Also accompanying the show each year are a number of thought-provoking themes which run throughout, two of which were the standouts this year: the environment and mental health. The designs put a spotlight on the detrimental effect plastic has on our environment, highlighting how plants, flowers and green spaces uplift us and have an influence on our lives.
When the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened in 1913 there were just 244 exhibitors. Now with over 500 stalls showcased in 2018, the Chelsea Flower Show shows no signs of slowing down.
We've arranged a bouquet of our very own - shots from the day showcasing garden designs, nurseries, floristry and London's blooming doorways... not forgetting a few celebrities, of course.