Returning to its usual May dates for the first time since the pandemic, the world-famous flower show will feature several decorative floral and plant displays to reflect the Queen‘s long-standing support for the charity — and celebrate her love of blooms.
Highlights honouring Her Majesty include a bespoke sculptural portrait of the Queen in the official Platinum Jubilee shade of purple. Designed by renowned florist Simon Lycett, the beautiful silhouette will be covered with an assortment of native British-grown tree branches, inner shelves arranged with 70 terracotta pots planted with Lily of the Valley — one of the Queen’s favourite plants that featured in her Coronation bouquet.
There will also be a photography exhibition depicting images of The Queen visiting the show throughout her reign. Designed by Dave Green, the feature installation will include an accessible deck walkway that will flow around the images. Creating a calm and serene setting, it will be set amongst a woodland-inspired planting scheme, featuring colours of white, green, purple and blue.
Celebrating the Queen’s love for nature, an immersive installation by floral designers Veevers Carter will feature a canopy of flowers including fresh Delphiniums, inspired by the colours and planting of the Scottish landscape near the Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle estate. Meanwhile, the iconic Bullring Gate will be adorned with an archway decorated with royal emblems reminiscent of a countryside meadow by Lucy Vail Floristry.
30-year-old Lucy, the youngest florist to dress the show’s main entrance to date, will cover the archway in 2,500 British-grown plants, including wild flowers, irises, alliums, foxgloves and geraniums. Speaking about why she chose these plants, Lucy says: “There are so many incredible blooms on our doorstep and the carbon footprint of importing flowers from other countries is just far too high. By working closely with British growers, florists can gain access to unique flowers rarely available at markets whilst also minimising waste.”
“This year’s RHS Chelsea is going to be particularly special as we celebrate this historic anniversary for Her Majesty and as the show returns in May following the pandemic,” Helena Pettit, Director of RHS Gardens and Shows, says.
“These imaginative floral tributes are a fitting and joyful representation of a truly unique monarch, and we hope visitors will enjoy seeing them at the show in the lead up to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”
There’s lots to look forward to!
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