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Best Events: Floral Festivities At The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

21 - 25 May 2019

It wouldn't be Spring without the flawless Chelsea Flower Show Gardens from top designers, bringing the most innovative ideas to horticulture. Indulge in scones with jam and clotted cream or sample the freshest seafood with a flute of bubbly. For something extra special, discover the show-stopping menu at Raymond Blanc's revolutionary Jardin Blanc.

Let Raymond Blanc OBE take you on a journey through his enchanting garden paradise - Jardin Blanc, nestled in a peaceful corner of the show.  An enchanting oasis filled with fantastic food, exciting cocktails and inspirational gardens. All menus are exclusively designed by acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc and all dining experiences include ticket entry to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A perfect way to spend a day or evening at the show, with friends, family or clients alike. Try Le Lily Regale package and enjoy an unforgettable all-day experience on day one, which includes a full day of dining, an insightful and entertaining live Q&A session with Raymond Blanc, an interactive gin masterclass by craft distillers Warner Edwards, and superb live music throughout. £780 Tuesday 21 May (Member's day.) Other attractive packages include: Le Lily, La Primrose, La Tulip, Le Sunflower and Le Jasmin, all offering culinary delights on different days to suit all tastes.

Or perhaps a more liquid experience is more to your liking. The Silent pool Gin Garden takes inspiration from plant technologies and the greening of inner city spaces, combined with a passion to create a space that absorbs people’s woes through the senses of scent and sound. Through the stone boulders at the garden’s entrance the eye is drawn down the wide stone steps and into the inner space. It has a large open ceiling void that engages the viewer with the scented rose bed. A semi transparent, teal, etched botanical water wall moves the air within this space and acts as a foil to the planting and single juniper bonsai tree that is positioned within. Designed by David Neale and built by Neale Richards Garden Design the Silent pool Gin garden promises to be both beautiful and intoxicating.

The Chelsea Flower Show is also celebrating the multitude of benefits that gardening has for health and wellbeing in 2019. Designers will explore the positive powers of plants and will tackle hard-hitting issues – from climate change and pollution to mental and physical health. Checkout the Great Pavilion, which is home to nurseries and growers from all over the globe and discover your new favourite bloom and ask experts for their top gardening tips.

The science behind these blooming marvels is fascinating, so head to the Discovery Zone within the Great Pavilion and discover a series of educational and innovative exhibits, detailing the latest science and research from the world of horticulture.

Shopaholics will love the show this year as they you can shop until you drop at the show, whether you're after new gardening tools, need a gift for a loved one's birthday or want to spruce up your wardrobe, this is the place to find the finer things in life, surrounded by nature’s bounty.

And this year an Artisan Garden, sponsored by The Donkey Sanctuary, will demonstrate how owning a donkey means access to clean, fresh water for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world. A donkey will often collect 40-60 litres of water at one time, reducing the time required to access it, freeing children to get an education and women to be economically active. The garden, designed by Annie Prebensen and Christina Williams, comes as The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its 50th birthday in 2019. Over the last five decades, the charity has grown from a charity rescuing UK donkeys from neglect and abuse to an international welfare organisation transforming the lives of millions of donkeys and mules, and the people who depend on them for a living. The donkeys are already being hailed as the next stars of the Chelsea Flower Show 2019!

This superb event in the British social calendar should be a floral triumph and a feast for the eyes and soul.
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