Chelsea Flower Show goes virtual for the first time

Chelsea Flower Show goes virtual for the first time

Written by Sara Spary, CNN

Horticulture enthusiasts will be able to take a virtual tour of the award-winning designer gardens when they become famous in Britain Chelsea Flower Show goes online later this month for the first time in its history.

Famous Japanese designer Ishihara Kazuyuki will open his garden – albeit practically – to fans with green fingers as part of the show, which closed its doors to the public for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus crisis.

British florist Nikki Tibbles will also show virtual visitors how to create a seasonal bouquet as part of the event, which will take place online between May 18 and May 23, while celebrity florist Larry Walshe will demonstrate how to use flowers and foliage to create a chic table setting.

Numerous other experts will join them, including Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh.

Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the Chelsea Flower Show has been held in Chelsea, central London, since 1913.

RHS said there will be a series of daily videos and question and answer sessions with special guests, designers, gardening presenters and experts, with the Chelsea Flower Show programs airing on the BBC.

A favorite among royalty and plant enthusiasts alike, the prestigious usually ticketed event displays showcases of plants and gardens from the best designers.

It usually attracts around 150,000 people from all over the world, with past visitors including the Queen, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who helped design the RHS garden display last year.

“In the absence of the largest flower show in the world, at a time when gardening, growing plants and access to nature have never been so important, we are delighted to still be able to offer you the best horticulture, “directs RHS General Sue Biggs said in a statement

“The world of gardening has come together to bring garden design and plant inspiration, breathtaking displays and horticultural knowledge to millions of homes so that we can continue to inspire everyone to grow.”


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