First Impressions of the Chelsea Flower Show

When I got off the tube at Sloane Square to go to the flower show I heard someone say to follow the crowds.  However it was around 8:00 am and it looked like a lot of the crowd was going to work.  Finally I decided to follow a group of people wearing straw hats and sunglasses.  This was a good decision because after a few minutes I saw signs for the Chelsea Flower Show.  I got there early enough that I could walk right up to the exhibit gardens without having to wait behind people to see anything.  These were the first flowers I saw.

Chelsea

Since lavender is a favorite of mine I enjoyed seeing this pretty arrangement.  These were some of the gardens around the corner:

I couldn’t believe that I’d seen all these exhibits within my first fifteen minutes of being there!  But what followed was both beautiful and solemn.  I had heard about the field of poppies, but seeing it was an unforgettable experience.  Here is an explanation as well as some pictures.

 

I lingered at this exhibit and after a while I could see all the individual flowers and think about the work that had gone into this display.  There were also people carrying examples of these handmade poppies to show us.  Each one was unique yet they blended together so well.  I returned to this exhibit several times during the day but I never got as good a view as I did early in the morning.

I wanted the time to go slowly while I was there – I didn’t want the day to end!  I have many more stories and pictures from that wonderful day.

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37 thoughts on “First Impressions of the Chelsea Flower Show

  1. I can feel your excitement, Meg! It must have been a wonderful day. I love the stories behind those poppies. They were being delivered right up to the opening. Fantastic, aren’t they? :)

  2. wow! the sea of red poppies is unbelievable! what a stunning sight! Meg, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and wonderful experience :)

  3. Twenty years ago I never, ever thought I’d be interested in seeing gardens and flower shows but I am and I love your photos. What a wonderful experience, thanks for sharing Meg :-)

  4. Very smart of you to get there before all the crowds…love your photos. The symbolism behind the field of poppies is something you can’t forget.

  5. I’ve yet to make it there despite living in England, and must admit one of the reasons is the crowds. I hadn’t realised you could arrive so early, now that I know I might do it especially if they open this early on RHS members days too. Yup I’m a member of the RHS and still not gone!

  6. The field of poppies looks so poignant. It’s more years than I care to remember since I’ve been to the Chelsea Flower Show. I was studying ‘A’ level botany and loved it. I promised I’d go back but over 30 years later I still haven’t! I’m marking it down in my diary for next year.

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