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Floral Inspiration Widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious flower show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual event at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea returns this May, bringing with it a stunning array of ideas on how to create a botanical haven outside your home. The popular Chelsea Flower Show has been running since 1913 and each year brings in 157,000 visitors, several of whom travel across the globe to experience the event. It showcases the best of garden design and landscaping, with awards handed out to the best displays. This year’s event runs from 19-23 May, and exhibitors include Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale. Their garden will be designed by Matt Keightley, who was behind the stunning ‘Hope on the Horizon’ garden for Help For Heroes last year. astonrowe.com Other exhibitors this year include a partnership between Champagne house Laurent Perrier – a show regular – and the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire. Garden designer Dan Pearson will be creating a triangle garden, which can be viewed from all three sides, representing a small corner of the 105-acre Chatsworth garden. M&G Investments – the show’s official sponsor – will also be exhibiting, with a ‘sylvan retreat’ designed by Jo Thompson, who scooped a gold medal at last year’s show. The garden will feature a two-storey oak framed building, a natural swimming pond, woodland and traditional British flowers, such as roses and peonies. The event will see over 500 exhibitors, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to get inspired. Tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show are sure to sell out soon, so make sure you buy yours from the RHS soon at www.rhs.org.uk. Full-day tickets cost £59, but if you go later in the day, at 3.30pm or 5.30pm, you can buy them at a discounted price - £37 and £31 respectively. n “Widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious flower show” 26


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