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  • 5.0 star rating
    26/5/2010
    6 check-ins here

    I am blessed with posh friends, so I scored a ticket to what is very much one of the events of the year. It is never a disappointment but some years are definitely better then other, and I have to say, this year was one of the better ones.

    Gone (thankfully) and the ultra modern, minimalist, austere gardens which were so trendy in years past, and the English country garden has been spiced up a bit to give way to a happy marriage between the modern and the traditional. There were uber cool sculpted gardens framing whimsical cottage flower styling to make all the gardens show pieces yet cozy at the same time.

    The highlight though is always the Marquee with its stands filled with abundance of flowers, and sellers happy to talk and engage the viewer. I myself am a fan of the tulips, but the real stars here are the rose stalls filled with cascading flowers in every colour. And the aroma... phenomenal!

    Don't forget to enjoy a Pimms cup on the lawn!

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/10/2009

    I also have worked on the flower show erecting the stands. Before opening haveing to put up with bbc film crews constantley in the way and always moaning about something, now  thats outta the way, let move on.

    The public opening day is absolutley buzzing with people ,even if your not keen on gardening I would reccomend chelsea to anyone who's never been before and makes a great family day out ,  just be aware of the over expolited food and drinks prices, as you would usually expect.

    I would reccommend maybe taking your own.

  • 2.0 star rating
    18/12/2008

    Just before the Chelsea Flower Show opens each year a film crew go around the exhibition and film everything. A day later the show opens to the public, who proceed to queue at the shop for three hours in order to buy a DVD of what was filmed. Some of them also take a look around as well, although this was surprisingly rare.

    The Chelsea flower show is not really my cup of tea. I like sports, I like films, I like action-packed stuff, I like cafes. I'm not such a big fan of looking at a little yellow flower, and then walking over to a bunch of red-flowers, before going to see Alan Titchmarsh tell everyone how to water a tree.

    No thanks, not for me. Anyways, I should attempt to be positive. Um, well; this place is probably the most colourful place I have ever reviewed. I saw pretty much every colour here; and even thought there was one I hadn't spotted before, although it turned out to be a curious shade of blue.

    The worst part about the Chelsea Flower show, apart from the fact I had decided to go, was that an old lady knocked my tea out of my hand and refused to replace it. This was rather unsettling to me as I was short of cash, in need of caffeine, and was in no way going to splash out £3 for another one. I explained this to the lady but she pretended to be deaf and did the whole walking away slowly on a zimmerframe routine.

    Luckily, I can't promise she will be at the show next year so you might have a more pleasant experience. Also, I don't know if she knocks over coffee as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/11/2008
    First to Review

    I worked at The Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 on the TV Set which gained me the privilege of walking around to all the garden displays when it's not completely jam packed as it gets when it's open to the public. Some of  the displays were absolutely magnificent!

    The Queen usually comes on the opening day to check out the displays and there is a prize for the best display.
    On the last day the traders sell their flowers and plants at a reduced rate so if you are after a bargain then come at the end.

    A nice way to spend an afternoon with a garden enthusiast or if you are someone who appreciates nature and flowers.

    It's on in May every year and the nearest tube station is Sloane Square.

    • Qype User greenm…
    • Esher, Surrey
    • 173 friends
    • 270 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/4/2008

    It's something everybody should go to at least once. There is a real sense of occasion often lacking from other shows like Hampton Court.It's busy members only on Tues/Weds, public Thur to Sat. Need to buy tickets early, sometimes available more cheaply after 4pm? Some of the gardens are amazing, especially some of the small ones, huge floral displays in the Marquee.
    The average catering and lack of seats can be a nuisance.

    • Qype User Lank…
    • Leicester
    • 27 friends
    • 79 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    21/6/2008

    Much as you will love the colours and smells, and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, Chelsea is one of those experiences you might decide not to repeat unless you:
    a) live nearby, or
    b) are one of the gardening 'elite'
    I would rate its uniqueness in the same way as the London marathon is unique. Yes, running 26.2 miles is something to aim for. Yes, London is the biggest and the best. But for many people half-marathons are better for their health, so less is actually more, and a regular walk in the Lake District or afternoons in the local park in Torbay will beat Chelsea hands-down.

    • Qype User Marmit…
    • London
    • 77 friends
    • 95 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    31/10/2007

    I worked at The Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 on the TV Set which gained me the privillage of walking around to all the garden displays when it's not completely jam packed as it gets when it's open to the public. Some of which were absolutely magnificant!

    The Queen usually comes on the opening day to check out the displays and there is a prize for the best display.
    On the last day everyone is selling their flowers and plants at a reduced rate so if you are after a bargan then come at the end.

    A nice way to spend an afternoon with a garden enthusiast or if you are someone who appreciates nature and flowers.

    It's on in May every year and the nearest tube station is Sloane Square.

    • Qype User nickmo…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 38 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/11/2007

    The Chelsea Flower Show is a superb experience in the passive British hobby of gardening. The organization is magnificent and it is common to see royals rubbing shoulders with magnates and ferocious garden freaks!
    The fair exhibits a number of designer gardens which are competing for the ultimate display prize.
    It does get quite busy and sells out very quickly so reserve your tickets in advance.
    Takes place at the Royal London Hospital Grounds in Chelsea by Sloane Square.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/5/2013

    Chelsea Flower Show is amazing and a worthwhile experience for anyone that appreciates architecture or design, gardening, plants or just spending the day surrounded by botanical eye candy. You don't need to be a gardening enthusiast to appreciate the incredible pop up displays and array of plants pushed into perfection for just a few short Show days. Join the RHC for tickets as well as early entry and avoid the largest crowds. Plenty of food options within the Show plus Champers or Pimms to enhance the whole experience.

    • Qype User Flatst…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 84 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Not a big fan of horticulture, I don't know the names of the plants or how to grow them but it was a stunning display, some of the sets were amazing. Not sure if I would visit again, it was a long way to go and absolutely packed with people - an exhausting day. Plants are sold off on the last day which made for some interesting purchases!

    • Qype User Rux…
    • Sunbury, Surrey
    • 1 friend
    • 97 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Not a big fan of gardening but i couldn't resist after i'd heard so many good things about it! There were the most beautiful flowers and plants i could have imagined! Definitely worth the visit!=D

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