Inside the Great Pavilion

The world's leading growers and nurseries were in our famous Great Pavilion in 2019

Visitors in the Great PavilionThe Great Pavilion has long been the jewel in Chelsea’s crown, and 2019 was no exception.

More than 80 exhibitors created dazzling displays, with many regular favourites returning to the show, alongside some exciting new faces.

The Pavilion's first Show Garden

Tom Dixon and Ikea's artwork

For the first time in Chelsea’s history there was a judged Show Garden in the Great Pavilion. Sponsored by IKEA, Gardening Will Save the World was the brainchild of British designer, Tom Dixon. It was a fully interactive garden, giving visitors the opportunity to walk through and see sustainable, affordable and forward-thinking solutions to grow food at home and in the community. 

Tom’s design work was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2000, with the internationally-acclaimed designer having designs that feature in permanent collections at the world’s most prestigious museums, including the V&A.

Celebrating 60 years of fabulous floristry

NAFAS display in 2018

The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies celebrated its 60th birthday in 2019 and will be pulling out all the stops to create a show-stopping display to mark the occasion.

The organisation was looking to recreate its 2018 success, when the team won a Silver-Gilt medal.

David Austin Roses' golden Chelsea anniversary

Dame Judi Dench poses with the David Austin rose named after herNo stranger to the Chelsea Flower Show, David Austin Roses celebrated its 50th appearance at the show.

The family-owned business was started by David Austin who began breeding plants for a hobby as a teen. He went on to create a collection of roses that are renowned across the world.

One particularly memorable bloom from recent years at Chelsea was the Dame Judi Dench rose, named after the acclaimed actress and presented at the show in 2017.

In 2019, there was a special commemorative display on the monument in memory of David Austin who died on 18 December 2018.

The Discovery Zone 

Floella's Future

The Discovery Zone at RHS Chelsea Flower Show was (as its name suggests) a space for discovery – from new ideas and research in horticulture to campaigns and community-based projects.

This exciting corner of the Great Pavilion showcased a vast array of work from the gardening world and provided opportunities for visitors to get involved. 

A floral crown to reign supreme

Floral crownThis year saw young florists go head to head in a bid to design a royal floral crown, celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday.

With a whole host of varied designs, the competition was closer than ever with Elizabeth Newcombe taking the title. 

See pictures of the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show


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