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About the show

May 21-25, 2013

This year we celebrated Chelsea's centenary with a superb line-up of show gardens to give you great ideas to try at home.

The magnificent displays in the Great Pavilion showed exciting new plants alongside favourites from 1913 and, on an historical theme, our display of 100 years in pictures, was a spell-binding look at how Chelsea style has evolved through the decades.

Finally, the Artisan Retreats allowed well-known artists and designers to give us great ideas for outdoor living areas.

Find out about the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show Charity Gala Preview - Monday 19 May

A brief history of the show

Key facts

    • It takes 25 days to put the entire show up
    • Number of exhibitors at first Chelsea - 244
    • Current exhibitors' total - 550
    • Hillier Nurseries holds the record for the greatest number of Chelsea Golds - 66 and counting...

The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. It is the flower show most associated with the royal family, who attend the opening day every year.

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About our sponsor

Commercial opportunities

Our visitors, your customers

RHS shows offer you an enviable platform to sell and market your company. Wide media coverage across TV, radio, newspapers and the web gives exhibitors a unique promotional advantage.

Sponsorship opportunities

Our shows provide unique sponsorship opportunities for your business. Our work is supported by more than 360,000 members and last year 2m people visited an RHS show or one of our gardens.