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RHS Chelsea Flower Show will commemorate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee with floral tributes

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is to honour its Royal Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with tributes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee.
 

RHS Chelsea, sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, returns to its May dates for the first time since the pandemic, and will feature several decorative floral and plant displays to reflect The Queen’s long-standing support for the charity, as well as her love of flowers and gardens. Her Majesty has been the Society’s Royal Patron since 1952 and was a regular visitor to the show with her parents as a child. Her first visit to the show as The Queen was in 1955, attending more than 50 times during her 70-year reign.
 
Renowned florist Simon Lycett who has created many floral arrangements for the Royal family, is designing a bespoke sculptural portrait of Her Majesty in the official Platinum Jubilee shade of purple. The silhouette will be covered on both sides with an assortment of native British-grown tree branches with connecting inner shelves arranged with 70 terracotta pots, hand-made in Warwickshire and planted with Lily of the Valley, one of The Queen’s favourite plants as it was featured in her Coronation bouquet.
 
At the centre of the show’s Great Pavilion, the Monument will be surrounded by a photography exhibition depicting images of The Queen visiting the show throughout her reign. The feature installation by designer Dave Green includes an accessible deck walkway that will flow around the images, set amongst a woodland inspired planting scheme. Creating a calm and serene environment for visitors to view the images amongst a colour palette of white, green, purple and blue plants to reflect the tones found in natural woodlands.
 
In celebration of The Queen’s passion for nature, an installation by floral designers Veevers Carter will give visitors an immersive experience to enjoy their own personal tribute. Natural Perspectives will feature a canopy of flowers including fresh Delphiniums, inspired by the colours and planting of the Scottish landscape near the Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle estate. As visitors encounter the space, an ambient soundscape will fill the air, visual projections of wildlife will capture their gaze, leading to a large-scale portrait of The Queen made from dried pressed flowers that have been collected and re-used from the designers’ previous events.  
 
As visitors enter the iconic Bullring Gate, they’ll be greeted by an archway decorated with royal emblems reminiscent of a countryside meadow by Lucy Vail Floristry. Celebrating British flower growers and craftsmanship, the colourful design will include three wicker crowns covered in sweetpeas and columns abundant with foxgloves, geraniums, and irises. Following the show, all plants from the display will be returned to flower farms to be re-used and stems will be recycled for further events.
 
Helena Pettit, Director of RHS Gardens and Shows said:
“This year’s RHS Chelsea is going to be particularly special as we celebrate this historic anniversary for Her Majesty and as the show returns in May following the pandemic. These imaginative floral tributes are a fitting and joyful representation of a truly unique monarch, and we hope visitors will enjoy seeing them at the show in the lead up to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”
 
RHS Chelsea Flower Show tickets are available for Friday 27 May, including late opening and Saturday 28 May at www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
 
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For more information, interviews or images, please contact the RHS Press Office at [email protected]

 

Notes to editors

RHS Royal Patron Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II & RHS Chelsea Flower Show Historic Facts
 
Her Majesty became Royal Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 1952, on the death of her father, carrying on the dynastic association with the RHS which had begun in Victorian times. She performed the role alongside HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, who was Patron of the RHS for 65 years, until her death in 2002.
 
From a young age, Her Majesty regularly accompanied her parents to the show but her first visit as The Queen was in 1955, she has since attended more than 50 times throughout her 70-year reign.
 
In 1952, the RHS commissioned the Royal Autograph, a signature painting decorated with pale pink dog roses and purple thistles to mark The Queen’s accession and to commemorate her role as Royal Patron. 60 years later for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, both Her Majesty and Prince Phillip signed a second Royal Autograph, decorated with botanical art of plants from the Commonwealth, and unveiled by Her Majesty at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
 
In 1977, The Queen’s Silver Jubilee was celebrated at Chelsea with an exhibit of a carpet-bedded crown, exhibited by the Royal Parks in the Chelsea marquee.
 
At the 2012 show, The Queen was presented with a brooch from the Royal Horticultural Society to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.
 
In celebration of The Queen's 90th birthday in 2016, the RHS installed a floral arch at the Bullring Gate entrance to the show. Made with flowers donated by British growers, the arch was designed by leading floral designer Shane Connolly and installed with the help of students from UK floristry colleges. A second floral arch adorned the London Gate.
 
During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Her Majesty recorded a message of support for an online Virtual Chelsea where she revealed lily-of-the-valley as her favourite plant, since it had featured in her Coronation bouquet.
 
In 2021, The Queen’s Green Canopy, an initiative led by Prince Charles to plant trees throughout the UK in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, was featured at the first ever RHS Chelsea held in autumn. The RHS Queen’s Green Canopy Garden designed by David Dodd was re-located to RHS Garden Bridgewater after the show and is situated within the Victoria Meadow.
 
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 24 – 28 May 2022
23 May              Press Day
24 – 25 May      RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
26 – 27 May      RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
27 May (late)     RHS members and non-members, 5.30pm – 10pm
28 May                RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm
 
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL
To book tickets visit www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
 
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.
 
The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.
 
In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.
We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.
 
We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262
 
 
About The Newt in Somerset  
 
The Newt in Somerset is a working country estate in Somerset, between the towns of Bruton and Castle Cary. The original Georgian manor house and farm buildings sit amidst farmland, woodland, orchards and acres of gardens - shaped over centuries by successive enthusiasts, including renowned garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse, who first opened them to the public in the mid 1980s. The gardens’ latest incarnation was designed by landscape artist Patrice Taravella. Influenced by thousands of years of horticultural history, mixing ornamental and productive elements, they are a feast for the eyes and the stomach.
 
With a focus on Somerset heritage, sustainable agriculture and artisan production, the estate encompasses a luxury hotel and spa within Hadspen House and the Farmyard, designed by Karen Roos, in addition to restaurants, farm shops, immersive garden attractions and a Cyder Press & Cellar.
 
For more information visit: https://thenewtinsomerset.com/
 
 
 
 

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