2014 saw exciting new features across the three zones of Grow, Escape and Inspire, as well as regular favourites making a return to the show.
If visitors were looking for a rare plant or one for a difficult corner, there were nurseries and garden centres to meet their every need. New for 2014, RHS advisors were on hand to point people in the right direction and the Hands On station gave visitors a chance to get their hands dirty.
The Growing Tastes marquee was a mecca for food lovers with artisan producers offering bites to eat and homemade produce, specialist nurseries offering plants and advice for growing your own feast, and the cookery theatre showing home-grown recipes. Celebrities James Wong and Mary Berry gave talks on the Wednesday and Thursday of the show respectively.
In the centre of the showground, guests could forget about the mad dash and the frantic rush of the city and enjoy nature, fresh air and the countryside. Alongside shopping, eating and wonderful show gardens in this zone, there was the chance to get into the community spirit with the Community Street feature, or relax with the Nature Walk.
People could escape to the circus in the Roses and Floristry Marquee where eccentric and colourful floral arrangements depicted ringmasters, clowns and trapeze artists. There was also the chance to have a go at floral design in the hands-on area.
Challenging preconceptions, pushing boundaries and championing innovation, the Inspire zone was the place to be amazed. Conceptual gardens themed around the seven deadly sins, a brand new Talks Theatre featuring RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden designers, plant experts and emerging new talent could all be found in the Inspire zone.