The history of the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is celebrated annually, in May, in London and is the epitome of glamour and candour. It is an occasion in its own right and attracts aspiring and keen gardeners, architects, and celebrities alike. Although it’s not considered to be the largest flower show in the world it champions all things horticulture.

The history of the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show was first held in 1827 and was held in Chiswick. Due to a lack of nearby train station, visitor numbers started to decrease. In 1861, the Show started to increase its numbers, because it was decided by the Horticultural Society that the Flower Show would be moved to Kensington Gardens.

Since then, the Chelsea Flower Show has moved locations a great deal, due to a change of date for the event as well as the sheer size of the celebration. Since 1912, the show has since been held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and has been proudly held here since, although it was partially suspended during Word War 1 and World War 2.

The Chelsea Flower Show today

Today, the Show is an absolute flourish and is a firm celebration in the social calendar. Attendees will find gardens of all sorts of themes – from Japanese gardens, to wild flowers, and stunning architecturally infrastructures.

Many structures are built at the Show with the aim of winning the best garden at the Show. During the 5-day celebration, there are tea parties, events, competitions and entertainment to enjoy. If you’re looking to stay nearby, check out hotels shepherds bush.


The Chelsea Flower Show certainly has a rich heritage – it’s an incredible achievement that the festival is such a fantastic celebration and attracts visitors from all over the world.

Eva Rahman Nishi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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