The ‘Time For Tea’ garden, located in the grand pavilion. Source: Jonathan Brady, Associated Press
For many in London, it’s not spring without the Chelsea Flower Show. Long enjoyed by Britain’s upper crust, the Royal Horticultural Society has held the five-day annual event for over a century, and it is considered to be the most important and prestigious flower show in the world.
The Royal Horticultural Society first launched their event in 1833 in Chiswick Gardens, and after a couple moves found a permanent home on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital. The first officially named Chelsea Flower Show debuted on May 20th, 1913.
The show was briefly suspended during both World Wars, but quickly returned to prominence after each reopening. Popularity has steadily grown over the decades, and each year more than 150,000 people attend. As the following images highlight, this number would undoubtedly be much larger if attendance was not limited due to space constraints: