RHS Chelsea 2019 in pictures
With Show Gardens galore, a plant-packed Pavilion and endless shopping, Chelsea 2019 was not to be missed
The world’s most famous flower show returned in 2019 and featured cutting-edge garden design, fabulous shopping and plants from every corner of the globe.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, featured the very best that the gardening world had to offer, including the famous Great Pavilion at the heart of the show packed with specialist growers and nurseries.
The RHS Back to Nature Garden
The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Andrée Davies and Adam White, brought to life a woodland scene and explored the idea of play and enjoying the great outdoors.
After the show, elements of the garden were relocated to Devon Partnership NHS Trust Dewnans Centre, in a partnership between the NHS and the RHS.
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Be inspired by the gardens
It wouldn’t be Chelsea without the super-sleek gardens from internationally-renowned designers and 2019 was no exception.
Leading designers pulled out all the stops with world-class Show Gardens in their bid to win an RHS Gold medal and the coveted award for Best Show Garden.
The popular Artisan Gardens also made a welcome return. These smaller spaces located in leafy Ranelagh Gardens offered thought-provoking designs that told a story. There were gardens that raised awareness for donkeys, motor neurone disease and land-based education.
Coming back to Chelsea for a second year were the Space to Grow Gardens. Featuring designs sponsored by the likes of CAMFED and Facebook, these gardens showed visitors how to create showstopping displays with limited space.
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The Great Pavilion
The Great Pavilion was abundant in colour and showstopping displays from expert growers and was also home to a Show Garden designed by IKEA and Tom Dixon, the first in the show's history to be featured in the Great Pavilion.
More than 80 exhibitors created dazzling displays, with many regular favourites returning to the show, including The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, McBean's Nursery and show first-timer, Andy's Airplants.
In 2019 there was a special commemorative display on the monument in memory of David Austin who died on 18 December 2018.
Also in the Great Pavilion, visitors found the Discovery Zone, a fascinating corner of the show dedicated to initiatives and reseach in horticulture, along with a competition to design a floral crown.
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D-Day 75 Garden
This thought-provoking Show Feature stood proudly in front of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and featured a life-size statue of D-Day veteran Bill Pendell MM, carved from stone.
The statue overlooked an image of Bill as a 22-year-old soldier, made from individually welded metal washers, and his fellow comrades rushing up the beach head.
Beside the statue of Bill was a dramatic sweep of sea thrift, representing what troops may have seen when they landed on the beaches.
Royalty and celebrities visit
Along with members of the Royal family, many celebrities enjoyed the legendary Chelsea atmosphere on press day and took in the latest horticultural trends. Dame Judi Dench was spotted browsing the Great Pavilion, while Strictly Come Dancing stars Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell were spotted admiring the Show Gardens on Main Avenue.
Around the showground
There was innovative and inspiring design all around the showground, with our stunning Show Features that even lined the gates to the showground.
Visitors gazed in wonder at the floral installations on our London Gate and Bull Ring Gate and added a bee to the giant hive installation created by McQueens in the Artisan area.
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Floral Design Studio
Visitors discovered the best amateur flower arrangers from the UK and around the world. The Floral Design Studio saw exhibitors put their skills to the test to create exquisite designs.