I just returned to Santa Fe from a trip to London, and was fortunate to be there during the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. I couldn’t wait to share just a bit of the beauty with you. As many of you know, I love my flower garden and attending the show gave me new inspiration. I took hundreds of photos. It was impossible to take a bad photo. The flowers were all gorgeous!
The show is held annually in May for five days in Chelsea, London and goes all the way back to 1862! More than 150,000 people visit each year. This year was particularly special as it coincided with the Queen’s Jubilee and the debut of new jubilee roses.
Each year there seems to be some sort of controversy played up in the British press. In 2009, it was a ban on garden gnomes (the judges deemed them “too tacky”). This year, however, it was the allowance of silk flowers that raised the eyebrows of traditionalists. I think I’m on the side of the traditionalists… silk flowers in a live garden are right up there on the tacky list with garden gnomes don’t you think?
Tickets must be purchased in advance so if you’re planning a trip to London in May next year, you’ll want to book early. For more information on the Royal Horticultural Society and the Chelsea Flower Show visit their website.