With the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Spring in full swing and flowers blooming up all around London you cannot help but feel happy vibes in the city and a general feeling that love is in the air! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back for another year and I couldn’t have been more excited to return after my first ever experience last year when I also got to meet Raymond Blanc.
This year I was avery lucky guest of the Dorchester Hotel who have their own pop-up at the show. Regular readers will know I had my wedding reception at the Dorchester and I was especially delighted to receive my invite to the show in the form of a bunch of roses on my actually wedding anniversary. It was a happy coincidence but made a special day even more special! Outside the pop up is a this glorious and uber Insgrammable installation by the hotel’s in-house florist Phil Hammond who I met during my wreath-making class at the hotel last Christmas. The Meijer Roses used for this beautiful love seat are also frequently used throughout the hotel public spaces and in the rooms.
Known as The Drawing Room, the pop-up is based on the Dorchester itself and is a relaxing place to stop off for breakfast and afternoon tea. The glass spikes behind the bar mimic the actual Dorchester bar while the sofa and curtains are modelled on the famous Promenade.
Lauren and I joined a press table for a champagne breakfast filled with absolute treats! The whole show really is a feast for the senses.
With everything in miniature our breakfast was incredibly elegant and we feasted on yogurt and granola, waffles, french toast, fresh fruit and even a mini bacon hot pot.
We also got a sneak peak of the afternoon tea served in the Drawing Room later in the day. We than had the pleasure of being given a tour by Phil himself! Now having been last year, I knew the show could be quite overwhelming but Phil guided us through with his expert knowledge.
The Show Gardens exhibit cutting edge design and the latest in garden trends. I loved the bright sunny yellows of the LG Eco-City Garden above.
And also the Trailfinders Garden which represents a snap shot a traditional South African wine estate.
The Main Pavilion is the heart of the show and there are 90 brilliant displays to feast your eyes on!
A floral fantasy for any horticulturalist!!
After our tour, Phil and the team had arranged a special surprise for us as and led us into one of the actual Show Gardens.
The garden is a collaboration between David Harber and Savills and represents mankind’s evolving relationship with the environment.
The garden was a sea of beautiful pinks and purples and the sculpture was simply breath-taking. It was an honour to walk inside the garden and meet the man himself.
If you’re visiting Chelsea Flower show, I highly recommend taking the time to visit the extension to the flower show, Chelsea in Bloom. It’s just a short walk to Sloane Square to see the installations but with over 60 around Chelsea you can take a rickshaw tour to make sure that you don’t miss any!
The theme is the Summer of Love which not only celebrates the recent Royal wedding but harks back to the original ‘summer of love’ in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. You can find brilliant blooms adorning shops, restaurants and hotels all over the local area.
There’s also a heart shape post box so that you can post your well wishes to the happy couple to be delivered to Kensington Palace.
And a giant floral wedding ring on Pavillon Road, one of my favourite shopping areas in Chelsea.
Here are some more of my favourites.
The great thing about Chelsea in Bloom is that it’s totally free and available to the public so if you don’t get tickets to the flower show you can still visit.
I honestly think even the grumpiest person would crack a smile seeing all this beauty!
The Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom will be around until the 26th of May so get down there in a flourish!