Show highlights for Chelsea's centenary celebrations in 2013
This year's Chelsea was an extra-special event celebrating 100 years in style
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show proved a spectacular gardening celebration as the iconic show reached its 100th anniversary at the Royal Hospital.
There were 15 spectacular Show Gardens, 11 Fresh Gardens demonstrating the best of contemporary garden design – and eight Artisan Gardens. In addition, 150 exhibits from nurseries and florists in the Great Pavilion and up to 250 trade stands meant the centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show was one not to miss.
Spectacular Floral Pavilion
Magnificent displays showcased today’s most exciting plants, alongside some of the favourites of 1913. Three of this year’s exhibitors had been at every show!
The Evolving Garden
The new theme for the RHS Environment area of the Great Pavilion showed how the big environmental issues have affected our gardens past, present and future.
Always the big crowd pullers, this year’s 15 gardens blended a century of achievement with today’s most innovative design thinking. Inspiring, challenging and totally enthralling, themes included urban living, health, regeneration and the threats to British trees.
This is what happens when top designers set their imaginations free. Outlandish, outrageous, colourful and controversial, these 11 gardens were fascinating.
Packing craft, skill and beauty into such small spaces, visitors marvelled at eight imaginative and delightful plots.
This year’s Generation Gardens highlighted the changes to gardens and gardening over the past 100 years, and a special RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Centenary as decided by a public vote.
Revisit 'London 2012'
Other exhibits to look out for included Delancey’s East Village, a garden modelled on London’s Olympic Park. Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, exhibited for the first time in collaboration with B&Q.
The Artisan Retreats returned for a second year to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here visitors relaxed among beautiful summerhouses decorated by top UK designers and artists, including Wayne Hemmingway, Cath Kidston and Rob Ryan.
Talk to the experts
There were lots of opportunities to get advice that really counts from RHS and other specialists throughout the show.
100 years in pictures
A spell-binding exhibition of historical photographs, capturing the sights, styles and personalities which have given Chelsea its unique place in the world of gardening.
Celebrate with opera
A concert, hosted with Opera Holland Park, was held as part of the centenary celebrations, and visitors to the show were able to take a walk through the show’s history, with photographic displays from the archives of the RHS Lindley Library.