It is the end of the week at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show episode 12 2018, and Monty Don and Joe Swift are exploring the ‘Chelsea effect’ – how the trends seen at Chelsea this year have a big influence on gardening styles of the future. Carol Klein reveals the biggest plant trends from the show, while Toby Buckland shows how big plants can be used to great effect in even the smallest of gardens.
The team are joined by special guests Martin Parr, Britain’s foremost documentary photographer, who discusses pictures he has taken around the showground, and fashion designer Mary Portas, who talks about her beautiful Cotswold garden, and her passion for growing vegetables.
Chelsea Flower Show episode 12 2018
The world’s most prestigious flower show that inspires millions and leads the way in innovative garden design. The Chelsea Flower Show receives a lot of publicity. It is attended by 157,000 visitors each year (a number limited by the capacity of the 11-acre (45,000 m2) ground), and all tickets must be purchased in advance. From 2005 the show was increased from four days to five, with the first two days only open to RHS members.
Several members of the British Royal Family attend a preview of the show, as part of the royal patronage of the RHS. The area of land devoted to show gardens increased steadily between 1970 and 2000 and the show has become an important venue for watching trends. New plants are often launched at the show and the popularity of older varieties revived under the focus of the horticultural world. It is the garden design equivalent of a catwalk at a fashion show.