Welcome to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019!

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A few weeks back–just before we spent three weeks exploring Sicily–John and I were lucky enough to attend the fabled, annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London for the first time. We are both passionate gardeners–very much passionate but also very “casual” gardeners–so this was truly a dream come true. We are Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) members, so we were able to visit the show the day before it opened to the general public. The event was still jam packed but there was a wonderful camaraderie, and we loved seeing how everyone turned out in their floral print clothes. So festive and magical. We will definitely plan to attend every few years.

Here, a few highlights from our day amongst the blooms…

John broke out his custom floral pants for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show crafted from the Madcap Cottage Isleboro Eve fabric. John and I were staying at a wonderful, beautifully priced “serviced apartments” building in London’s up-and-coming Pimlico neighborhood, so the walk to the flower show was easy along the Thames to the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital, the site of the annual event.

John broke out his custom floral pants for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show crafted from the Madcap Cottage Isleboro Eve fabric. John and I were staying at a wonderful, beautifully priced “serviced apartments” building in London’s up-and-coming Pimlico neighborhood, so the walk to the flower show was easy along the Thames to the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital, the site of the annual event.

John looks dashing in his Moscot sunglasses at the entrance to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Expect to see heaps of inspiration from the show trickle into the various Madcap product lines–including the October release of our whimsical tabletop collections, Spice Route and English Garden.

Before we set out to explore the Chelsea Flower Show, John and I settled in for croissants and coffee on the event’s large terrace overlooking the Thames River (you can see the dolphin-flourished light fixtures that line the Chelsea Embankment seawall in the background). Events in England have a sophistication and attention to quality, service, and detail that are rarely found at general-public events in the United States.

Wow, what daffodils! John and I couldn’t stop thinking about how much prep work went into making sure these daffodils bloomed at exactly the right time to coincide with the show. Prom Dance, Johann Strauss, Pink Charm, Limehurst, and more so beautifully displayed in rich Jasperware from Wedgwood. Stunning!

John and I are mad for a cottage-style overgrown garden patch, and this stunning display–centered around an olive tree–certainly delivered. Absolutely stunning and relaxed.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show had numerous vignettes featuring orchids of all types, colors, and sizes. I am really starting to love cultivating orchids at the House of Bedlam and am finally progressing from run-of-the-mill orchids purchased from the likes of Home Depot, so the orchid displays offered loads of inspiration and ideas.

John’s floral Isleboro Eve pants were a big hit, and we were stopped several times by folks asking where they could purchase them.

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  1. Virginia Mullins

    Oh yes!!! The Chelsea Flower Show – my husband and I were there too! It’s a ‘happening’. I was so in awe of the politeness of the huge crowds. Lots of ‘excuse me’ and ‘here please take my seat’. Everyone was kind and pleasant. The floral prints on dresses, pants, shirts was fun.
    The “Chelsea Fringe” (local shops in area decorate windows and doorways with flowers – lots and lots of flowers) was something to behold. We took a pedal-taxi back to our hotel so that we could see the wonderful displays.
    Next time, we will plan on 2 days for one day is not enough for true gardeners!

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