Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Chelsea Flower Show 2016

chelsea flower show 2016 blog reviewI'd been hearing about how wonderful The Chelsea Flower Show was for quite a few years and so when the opportunity arose to pop along this year, I was both curious and excited!  It was of particular interest as last year I visited the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and so was keen to see how the two compared.  So, yesterday afternoon I set off under cloudy skies to Chelsea, and joined the flocks of people travelling in to the show, each ready to immerse themselves in a sea of flowers...
Garage Garden Chelsea Flower Show 2016
Crowds at Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The Viking Cruises Mekong Garden RHS
Thankfully, I wasn't walking into this experience blind; my mum has religiously attended for the past decade and so she had a pretty good idea about how best to manoeuvre through the show and soak up some of the 'best bits'!  This began with advising me to park us over at Battersea Park's car park and arrange to catch one of the coaches travelling between the park and the show - such a time saver and easily arranged.  So, one coach journey and a quick queue later, and I found myself immersed in both flowers and people... can you think of a more extreme word for busy?  That said, the crowds somehow add to the show's charm by showing just how rightly popular it is!
Chelsea Flower Show 2016 review
RHS Chelsea Flower Show cloudy day
Orchid Tunnel Chelsea Flower Show 2016
Pink Orchid Tunnel Chelsea Flower Show 2016
Before anything, a snack break was on the cards.  And yes, I realise how ridiculous that sounds considering we'd only just arrived!  Seriously though, I can't be the only one who likes to acclimatise by sitting down for a muffin?  Anyway, after chatting away to a fascinating Scottish couple, we began exploring some of which I'd seen tweets about earlier this week. This included some of the most popular of artisan gardens including The Viking Cruises Mekong Garden and a garden aimed at the classic car enthusiasts, The Garage Garden designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara.  The latter (shown further above) featured a two-tier structure designed to complement the vehicle and well, mission accomplished!

Something I discovered that I surprisingly hadn't been aware of beforehand, was the fantastic Orchid Tunnel by Love Orchids UK.  It was impossible to walk through the pretty in pink tunnel without feeling the urge to whip out your camera and capture the beauty - truly, it was breathtakingly beautiful!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 blogger
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 guitar art
Emily Smith Bath College Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show April Bennett Headdress
Fast forward to the early hours of the evening and we came across an incredible display of floral headdresses, each designed and arranged by floristry college students on a Brazilian theme in honour of the Rio Olympics.  Immediately, my eye was drawn to the flamboyant mohican design by Emily Smith of Bath College, along with the stunning headdress shown directly above.  Featuring fluffy pampas grass, this design by April Bennett of Bluebells of Henley was never without a small crowd.  Seriously, have you ever seen anything like it in your life?  Amazing!
Interflora Open Church RHS Chelsea 2016
Interflora Open Church RHS Chelsea
Chelsea Flower Show 2016 Blog reviewBe still my beating heart.  A church featuring floral church bells and suspended chandeliers?  Yes please!  This 'Open Church' has been created by Interflora to 'showcase the amazing skills and creativity' of their florists.  It stands at over 5 feet tall and wonderfully embellishes the architectural skeleton of an elegant church.  A ton of flowers were used in its making, and the result is truly spectacular - just ask anyone who was standing before it, looking up in awe!
RHS Chelsea 2016 review
RHS Chelsea 2016 blog photography
Chelsea Flower Show knitted poppiesOne of the most popular sights at this year's Chelsea Flower Show and that of which has gained the most online attention, is the stretch of knitted poppies creating a red-carpet effect across the entrance to Chelsea Hospital.  It's pretty amazing to see in person and served as the final 'exit sight' before making our way back out of the show.  Speaking of which, there's a number of stalls lining one of the pathways shrouded by trees, and many of which offer some wonderfully unique items.  After purchasing a stunning red and gold nut/olive bowl, I wandered over to another stall and found at a closer glance, the framed field of bluebells designed by Alison Holt (shown below) had been created by needlework!
Crowds at RHS Chelsea 2016
Alison Holt artwork at RHS Chelsea
Entrance to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016
RHS Chelsea Flower Show tickets 2016As you'll no doubt have gathered from this post, I'm now a huge fan of The Chelsea Flower Show - I can't believe this is only my first visit!  It's a brilliant way of surrounding yourself with likeminded people who appreciate the varied beauty of nature, as well as simply enjoying a flower-packed day out.  Will I be returning next year?  Definitely!

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. Gabrielle, what a wonderful post! I can imagine it was such a beautiful one to attend. I have never been myself but would love to go next year as you know how much I like the flowers! I love your photos. Have a great evening. Gemma x

  2. Stunning and breathtaking! I can see why it's so popular! Your photos are spectacular and captured all the rich colors. I particularly loved the impressive headdresses. Amazing post!


  3. wow and wow!! So lovely!!
    I wish I could visit the show!

  4. Oh, my goodness. This is heaven.
    I wish we have paradise like this around here.

  5. Omigosh so much floral gorgeousness! It must've been just sights if beauty any which way you turned. Those headresses in particular look stupendous! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us Gabrielle!

  6. beautiful!!! that place looks amazing!

    Have a great day!
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  7. Oh wow. Though the crowd looks alarming, everything else looks incredible! Your (wonderful) photos make this look like such a fascinating experience!

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  8. This is such a beautiful place! I love to botanical exhibition style, but prefer not too many people lol I went to the botanical garden in Manchester once, and it looked horrible..Google lied to me!

  9. WOW!!! These pictures are amazing!!! The red carpet one is my favorite!!! I hope there's something like this in my place. Thanks for sharing this :)


  10. Aw, that place is more than adorable! Looks so beautiful and romantic! Thanks for the walk Gabrielle and for the beautiful photos! Have an amazing day and weekend!

  11. Wow! It looks so lovely!

    Ellen x

  12. Lovely post hun! I like this so much.

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  13. Love those colours! TGIF, my dear! xoxo

  14. That looks amazing! I think I wouldn't mind the people as long as there are still more flowers than human beings around.

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  15. These flowers are breathtaking! Hope your weekend is filled with love and happiness!

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  16. never been to Chelsea and been dying to visit there sometime, the photos and the flower show looked amazing! x

  17. This was enchanting to follow along, and lucky for you that your mum had been, I'd wonder where to start first. I love flowers so I want to go there. I've only been to a tulip garden show, but this seems much more fascinating. <3 Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend Gabrielle. x/Madison
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  18. I would absolutely love to go to the Chelsea Flower show and it looks like you had an amazing day. The poppies look absolutely gorgeous and so striking! Maybe I'll have to visit next time :) x

  19. Oh my, I want to go here. Everything is so lovely :D Nice post Gabrielle! -Fiona

  20. I enjoyed this post so much! :) I love flowers, and that orchid tunnel is absolutely stunning... as is everything else.. But busy is a bit of an understatement for the amount of people that can be seen on the photo :D I am going to a flower festiva with my mom soon, so I can't wait to walk among the flowers myself :) xx

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  21. WOW! I am SO jealous! That looks incredible, and you live in such and incredible country to just pop over to mansions and old historical sites. The best part for me were those headdresses. That was insane, can I wear it? But where would I wear it. Doesn't matter. I want.

  22. I've been seeing the photos of this flower show and I adore how beautiful everything looks. As long as I can enjoy the beauties of the flowers, I don't mind having many people around as long as they don't push me so they can get better view :) x

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  23. This is unbelievably beautiful! It really looks like you were transported into another world!

  24. This is so beautiful, I love the photos and so colourful! Have a nice weekend!

  25. Such beautiful photos! It looks like heaven ☺
    Nati xx

  26. You lucky thing, I've always wanted to visit the Chelsea Flower Show
    So glad you had such a lovely time, you Mum sounds like the perfect guide
    And what beautiful photos too!

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  27. That's so cool, love your style!

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  28. It's great comparing our experiences, I see we were both drawn to the headdresses but I never saw the wicker boxing gloves!

  29. Such gorgeous photos! I watched it on tv lol but I would have much rather been there! X

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  30. WOW!!! I love flowers and these pics are wonders for me! *-*
    Orchids, peonies, succulents..what a show!!
    And that flower red carpet!!! O.o

  31. The flowers look amazing! You are so lucky to have seen this for real. Hope that I can go as well one day.

  32. The Chelsea Flower Show is truly a must see for anyone who can. I'm not surprised to see it is so popular, because from what I see in your post, it is simply spectacular. It would really be a shame to miss a flower show that has so much to offer.

    You showed us so many amazing floral arrangements, instalations and so on...I really enjoyed seeing this. Split puts on a flower show every year and I've been going there since I was a little girl partly because my friend's mother had her display there every year. That floral show is quite modest but I'm always happy to go because with flowers it is never the same, is it? .....and who doesn't like flowers?

    Wonderful show, thank you for showing us around...I was particularly impressed by that red carpet made of gorgeous is that!!!

  33. I'm so glad you shared these photos, they are so stunning! It sounds like it is definitely worth visiting; and perfect that you had someone who knew the best parts. I love it!

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  34. Oh wow, that is a stunning flower show, Gabrielle! And good for you that your mum is familiar with the show, can you imagine trying to manoeuvre in that crowd? Crazy!

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  35. my jaw is still dropping! WOW! just... wow. that looks absolutely amazing! what a great opportunity for you :) gorgeous pictures, as per usual xX

  36. Those poppies! I died! How gorgeous is that?! It's really such a stunning way to end the show. I hope I get to see something like that one day.


  37. Wow! This is so Beautiful!!

    Adi xx

  38. Wonderful post, these photos are beautiful.

  39. very beautiful <3.
    I wish I can see the show for real someday :).

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  41. This looks like something out of a movie, so beautiful! Those flower headwear things are ridiculously beautiful!

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  42. What a beautiful event. I love flowers! This must have been awesome. :)

  43. Looks like the best event ever, so charming and beautiful with all the flowers! Xx

  44. This looks like a flower fairyland! I would have loved to attend the show, it seems so out of the world. And such creativity! I love your pictures. They made an amazing story.

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  45. This looks amazing, such a beautiful event! Would love to attend it!


  46. So amazing! The photos are stunning! I would love to go here one year, I love flowers so much!
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  47. I'm dying to visit the Chelsea Flower Show but the crowds have always put me off, it looks absolutely gorgeous though <3 so many pretty colours!

  48. This place is incredible, I was only reading about it yesterday and now reading your blog! Please check out my latest SS16 trend-inspired lookbook.

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  49. I've always wanted to go to the Chelsea flower show with my mum, she and I would love to go together! It looks absolutely incredible :)

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  50. it looks so peaceful! i am sure you and an amazing time(:

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  51. This looks so lovely! And that poppy red carpet is amazzzzzing!! Great photos. :)


  52. Amazing shots! Love all these flowers! Stunning!
    Happy weekend doll!
    much love, Len

  53. Hi Gabrielle, I can imagine it was hard to resist not to capture every single beautiful flower with your camera! its pretty amazing how much crowd came to see the exhibition, but as you said, it was rightly so from what I can see of your pictures. I love flowers and love therefore any thing related with them, my dream is to go visit the flower tunnels in Japan ;) although that orchid tunnel is stunningly beautiful as well!

    Have a great Suday!
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  54. Che bello!! Eri immersa tra i fiori...

  55. Thanks for sharing this to us! I absolutely love it.

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  56. Lovely Post! I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing! xx


  57. it must have been fun, all those flower arrangements around...loved the patio, I want one in my garden...
    such a beautiful and relaxing place

  58. These pictures are actually gorgeous Gabrielle! I have wanted to visit the Chelsea Flower Show for ages :)


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  59. This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing this :)

  60. My goodness this is GORGEOUS! SO glad you got a change to experience and share with us! xo!

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  62. such a breathtaking and beautiful event! i wish i can go there!
    have a great day

  63. Amazing! I am stunned by how gorgeous this is! You really captured the beauty of this event so well Gabrielle, this was quite a refreshing read for me on a Sunday afternoon.

    Keisha xo
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  64. I think the word I would ascribe with be.. Wondrous! And no, you're definitely not the only one who likes to acclimatise with a muffin x

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  65. This place is so amazing and pretty !

  66. OMG! I would have loved to attend this event. The images are captivating that you posted. I especially love the flower mohawk and the flower rattan boxing glove holders.

  67. This is so stunning, what beautiful flowers!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  68. Oh my, this is such a beautiful place. It is just breathtaking and your photos are spectacular and just captured all the rich colors. Just amazing and sounds like a very popular event. x

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  69. Beautifully documented Gabrielle! Your photographs are stunning. I haven't visited The Chelsea Flower show before, however I would like to visit next year especially after reading this post and seeing so many beautiful photographs on Twitter during the show.

    I'm glad you had a magical time!

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us all :)

    Laura xo

  70. Photos are stunning !
    It sounds really amazing !

  71. omg it's amazing! those flowers! just wow! x

  72. Amazing place! I wish I could go there and see if for myself :D

  73. Absolutely stunning, sweetie!
    My hubby's aunt was there for a few days & she loved every min of it!
    She's a superb gardener! Sent me hundreds of photos as well - everything looks soooo beautiful!
    xox Nadia

  74. I wouldn't know where to look first! Everything looks amazing! I'm in love with that orchid tunnel though, I want to go buy some more flowers now haha! :) xx


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