London Welcomes the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show

It’s that time of year again. London has opened its doors and welcomed the world to its landmark Chelsea Flower Show, which is arguably the most famous gardening event on earth.

Chelsea Gardening Show

Established on the eve of World War One in 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show is a famous gardening event hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society. Traditionally taking place in the London borough of Chelsea for five days every May, the event attracts visitors from every continent on earth.

The Chelsea Flower Show features a range of avante guarde show gardens. These spaces allow leading garden designers to introduce the world to the latest trends in horticulture, typically featuring a floral Marquee in the centre which showcases stunning flowers and plant life.

The 2016 Chelsea Flower Show

According to MSNBC, the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show is taking place from 24th May to 28th May on the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital. The event has already been a huge success, attracting famous names like actresses Rosamund Pike and Demi Moore. Even the Queen herself put in an appearance!

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show features a range of colourful, fantastic attractions. Celebrating the 90th birthday of its patron, the Queen, the event includes photographic exhibits and a floral arch. It also features a range of exceptional show gardens such as author Anne-Marie Powell’s ‘Garden for Health, Happiness and Culture,’ which is designed to promote well-being through horticulture.

Other standouts include broadcaster Jekka McVicar’s ‘A Modern Apothecary’ garden, which showcases plants used for medical practises and TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin’s ‘The British Eccentrics Garden.’ Sponsored by Harrods, this space includes terraces, a topiary, conical tree bays and a wooden shed with gardening gadgetry and is already proving a massive hit with attendees!

Appreciate with wine

If you’re planning on watching the Chelsea Flower Show on TV, why not make it into an event be opening a bottle of your favourite wine. You could even push the boat out with a bottle of champagne and feel like one of the celebrities in attendance.  Enhance your viewing experience with a bottle of wine. You may have already discovered that there’s nothing better than sitting out in an exciting garden and supping on a glass or two of good red wine, while gazing out on a range of beautiful flowers on a warm summer’s night!

The only real question you need to ask yourself is, which bottle should you choose when sitting down to watch the Chelsea Flower Show? You may wish to crack open a bottle which was produced in Bordeaux, a French wine making region which is known its wide range of stunning, robust red wines. Here at the Ideal Wine Company we feature a selection of Bordeaux wines and you’re sure to find the right vintage to drink while appreciating this year’s Chelsea Flower Show!


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