The Chelsea Late

An exciting arrival for the 2018 show, we hosted a fantastic evening of live music and entertainment in the Ranelagh Gardens

Band playing to Ranelagh Gardens at twilight
For the first time in the show's history, Chelsea's famous Ranelagh Gardens were open to the public on Friday 25 May 2018 for an evening of flowers, jazz and soul. 
The Chelsea Late gave visitors the opportunity to enter the showground from 5.30pm onwards to discover everything that the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 had to offer then, once the gates had closed at 8pm, guests could explore the Ranelagh Gardens in a twilight setting.

Party goers enjoyed the British Flower Bus

After picking up a complimentary flower crown, pressed flower badge, or succulent buttonhole, guests were treated to a host of bespoke activities as the day faded into night. 

Waiters served the bespoke 'The Chelsea Late' Cocktail, while the Warner Edwards mixologists, who created the drink, were on-hand to offer their expertise.

Waiter pouring cocktail into glass
Tasty nibbles were available at the Artisan Food Market, while jazz hummed out across the gardens, with London’s world-famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, bringing the prestigious W3 sessions to SW1.

The London Vegetable Orchestra brought a different kind of music to Chelsea, showing visitors how everyday courgettes and carrots could be turned into musical instruments in their workshops. 

The London Vegetable Orchestra play vegetablesA pop-up plant fair also featured alongside the party, giving guests the opportunity to take a piece of Chelsea home, with leading nurseries and growers selling plants. Freddie's Flowers held floral arranging workshops, and the British Flower Bus featured experts sharing their top bouquet-care tips. 

If all that wasn't enough, RHS Garden Advisors were on-hand to answer burning questions - no matter how big or small. A night to remember! 

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