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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

  • What's On -17-May-2018

The Chelsea Late

A brand-new event opens in 2018 to the public – The Chelsea Late. This promises to be a glorious evening filled with live music, supplied by the one and only Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, artisan food served and enjoyed outside and beautifully-crafted cocktails savoured in the gardens. The Chelsea Late package allows entry from 5:30pm and, when the main show closes at 8pm, the Chelsea Gardens alongside the intimate Ranelagh Gardens become the ideal evening setting.   

With plenty of unique activities, such as a workshop run by London’s Vegetable Orchestra and a floral arranging workshop hosted by Freddie’s Flowers at the British Flower Bus, it’s certainly going to be an evening to remember. Plus, the gardens will be teeming with RHS Garden Advisors ready to answer any green-fingered queries you may have!

With The Chelsea Late going on until late, make sure you finish your sophisticated evening in style. Book a stay at one of Grange’s nearby hotels to bring a relaxing end to your Chelsea Flower Show experience.

Space to Grow Gardens

There’s a new judging category coming to Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 – the Space to Grow category. These gardens are about the small, urban spaces so often found in our Capital and how you can maximise on them.

If you’re a green-fingered fiend, or just fancy having a go, then this is the perfect place to get some inspiration from. There’s loads of ideas for things you can try at home no matter how small your garden space is. Plus, there’s a real focus on the benefits of a garden/outdoor space can bring, especially within a city space.

Awareness and Wellbeing Gardens

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is not only a lovely place to go for a day out, but it’s also topical, current and reflective of the times we’re in. That’s why the gardens at Chelsea are thematic and immersive. 2018 is no different, with key themes for design and planting this year being around health and wellbeing as well as raising environmental awareness.

These expressive and innovative gardens are always worth paying attention to. This year, Tom Massey’s Show Garden features collaboration with a group of Syrian refugees of the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq. It celebrates the survival of human spirit and the ability to thrive in even the harshest conditions.

Another must-see garden is by Tony Woods, RHS Young Designer of the Year 2013, and is called Urban Flow. This garden is all about raising awareness of our environment and features themes of climate change and water conservation.

If you’re feeling reflective after exploring the beautiful Chelsea flower gardens then why not stop by at Grange Rochester Hotel? Our Rochester Wine Bar and Lords Lounge Bar are the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful drink after a day out.

Perfect Pavilion

One of the most charming things about Chelsea Flower Show is that it’s not just a series of gardens to look at. Although these are a massive part of the Chelsea experience, there are so many quirky and interesting areas to explore in the grounds.

One unmissable must-see at Chelsea every year is the Great Pavilion. This enormous space is crammed full of incredible plants and bursting with colour and scent. It allows you to get up close and personal with a variety of species, some old favourites and some brand new to 2018! Exhibits to check out are the Hampshire Carnivorous Plants stand, who are aiming for their 20th Gold medal in 20 years, and Peter Beales Roses who are marking their 50th anniversary with a fabulous new rose.

If you’re exploring Chelsea Flower Show this year then it promises to be an amazing display. With so much to see and so many inspiring avenues to enjoy, take a little piece of that Chelsea magic home with you to your garden.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for a base to explore Chelsea Flower Show 2018 from then be sure to book at one of our comfortable and relaxing nearby Grange Hotels.


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