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Important Updates on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Important Updates on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011

UK’s leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) organises world class flower shows at Tatton Park, Hampton Court Palace and Chelsea. Other shows are held in Cardiff and Wisley and bring in over 600,000 visitors every year. RHS also works with Three Counties Agricultural Society to organise the Malvern Autumn Show, the Malvern Spring Gardening Show and the BBC Gardeners’ World Live.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011

One of the more popular horticultural delights is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which is scheduled for May 24th to 27th, from 8am to 8pm. On May 28th, the show has a sell off at 4pm. Tickets can be booked on the official website. The event is held on open group so do look up the weather forecast and wear suitable clothing. Security searches will be conducted before you enter the premises. Unfortunately, no animals are allowed except for assistance dogs. Further, you will not be able to bring children less than five years of age, babies, prams or pushchairs. Once you leave the showground you will not be able to re-enter.

There will be a small cloakroom available close to the Ranelagh Food Court; however, RHS does not take responsibility for lost baggage. You can access the ATMs that will be available on the showground as well as a Thomas Cook branch where you can exchange foreign currency. There will also be seating areas near the bandstand near the Western Avenue Food Court.

Shortlist of Show Gardens

Apart from the world famous designer Bunny Guinness, this year’s list contains other leading artists such as James Wong, Luciano Giubbilei and Robert Myers. Sponsored by M & G Investments, the list covers 18 amazing show garden designs some of which include:
• The M&G Garden
• The Times Kew Garden
• The Daily Telegraph Garden
• The B&Q Garden
• The Green Poem Garden
• The Laurent-Perrier Garden
• The Leeds Garden
• The Homebase Garden
• The Skyshades Garden
• The Monaco Garden
• The Australian Garden

The Artisan Garden Category

2011 will see this new category joining the 15 small gardens so you can expect to be delighted! Designers will be using resourced and natural materials so this will certainly be a treat to see. Some entries include the Basildon Bond Garden, a Postcard from Wales, a Child’s Garden in Wales, the Hae-Woo-So, a Literary Garden and the Basildon Bond Garden.

The Urban Gardens Category

This category will be back this year and will showcase designers who have crafted their creations for small outdoor gardens and even basements. Some entries include the Ace of Clubs, Stockton Drilling, the Power of Nature, the Chilstone Garden, the RNIB Garden and the Magistrate’s Garden.
Be sure to get there early, wear sensible shoes, take a notebook and a show catalogue. You’ll also want to take a camera so you can relive these memories again.

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