Saturday night… Back in England… And we’re off to the Chelsea Flower Show as early as we can manage it tomorrow morning. For readers unfamiliar with the show, here are a few quick points.
- The show has been held every year (apart from gaps in the two World Wars) since 1912.
- It’s held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, a hospital for veterans of the British forces not far from the famous King's Road.
- The site occupies 11 acres; the vast Great Pavilion, filled with floral displays, takes up almost three acres.
- The show opens to members of the Royal Horticultural Society on Tuesday 22 May, and to everyone else on Thursday 24 May. By the time the show closes next Saturday afternoon, 157,000 visitors will have seen the show.
- There are twenty large outdoor show gardens, just one garden may cost £250,000 (that's about $500,000) to build.
- At the end of the show the whole site is returned to lawn.
- My wife judywhite ran the first online coverage of the Show in 1997 and I was a guest writer – that’s how we met!