Our guide to the Chelsea Flower Show

Written on 21 May 2014 by Alistair Boscawen in London

Come and experience the greatest flower show in the world, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from the 20th May – 24th May 2014.

Initially held in 1913, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower show attracts horticulturalists from across the world. There’s something for everyone – from the science of urban gardening to unusual crops. This is why it’s Britain’s most celebrating flower show! The atmosphere’s vibrant and engaging and is said to be the London Fashion Week of the horticultural world. Attracting some 157,000 people on average, it’s a great place for those in the industry to get a glimpse of everything from creative floral trends, to fantastic show gardens.

Here’s our definitive guide to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, from the 20th-24th of May…


Making your way to this event can be stressful. For those travelling by tube, it’s just a quick walk to the showground. Sloane Square tube station is closest for those travelling on the tube. The station is accessible on both the District and Circle Lines. When it comes to buses, numbers 11, 137, 211, 360 and 452 are highly convenient as they offer the easiest access to the flower show. For those eco-friendly attendees who are cycling, there are a range of racks opposite the London Gate entrance in Burton’s court, so you can leave your bike there.

If you’re driving, Battersea Park has a public car park that is outside the congestion zone and a quick walk to the showground. Parking is on a first come first serve basis – so it’s a good idea to leave early.

Here’s the low down on the highlights this year:

From the Moors to the Sea

This is Alan Titchmarsh’s special garden – his first design project for the Chelsea Flower show in nearly 30 years.  “From the Moors to the Sea” is sure to be popular, so make sure you don’t miss out. Titchmarsh, who’s celebrating his 50th year in horticulture, says there will be a beautiful garden which will celebrate the floral heritage of Britain.

Hope on the Horizon

This outstanding garden is designed by Matthew Keightley and is called “Hope on the Horizon”. Supported by Help for Heroes, the garden will be in the shape of the Military Cross, a medal awarded to extremely brave individuals. The garden was designed to celebrate the centenary of the First World War.

Peter Rabbit Herb Garden

The “Peter Rabbit Herb Garden” is a combination of a natural garden, a greenhouse garden and of course Mr McGregor’s vegetable plot – one of Beatrix Potter’s fictional characters. Make sure you take a peek at this fantastic garden, likely to be popular with children as well as the older generation familiar with Beatrix Potter books.


It’s important to have access to facilities at large events – especially if it’s a hot day! The Chelsea Flower show has a host of brilliant places to eat and drink. From a Champagne and Seafood Restaurant, where you can try a range of delicious fresh seafood along with flutes of champagne, this surely is a decadent lunch. You could, alternatively, try the Plateau Picnic Area; which is found within the trees. There’s a real ale bar, wood-fried pizza, cake and strawberries. Or even try the Rock Bank Food Court, which has pork and chicken with a deli counter, coffee and Pimm’s bar.

Other facilities include cloakrooms at Ranelagh Gardens, ATMS across the show grounds and Bandstand, which has a picnic area, ideal for alfresco dining.

We hope these tips help you enjoy the show, which is bound to be a top event!


Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen


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