The exquisite floral arrangements featured as part of the recent Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have certainly set the bar high for the upcoming Chelsea Flower Show. What’s more, this famous summertime institution will mark the royal marriage in its own original way. Taking place not far fromThe Egerton House Hotel, the internationally renowned horticultural show is marking the historic occasion in a manner of inventive ways. Here’s our Royal guide to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
The first royal wedding themed item that visitors will likely see is the London Gate Entrance. Designed by London florist Kitten Grayson, this romantic bower combines English oak, woodland flowers and Californian cedar beset. Furthermore, the design also incorporates a Botswanan springbok, which references the African country loved by the newlywed Harry and Meghan.
Approaching the Great Pavilion, visitors will find ‘A Royal Celebration by Hillier’ which features royally themed blooms and is intended as a celebration of the royal wedding. Designer Sarah Eberle has incorporated plenty of white flowers, which featured prominently in the floral arrangements at the royal wedding, and also included a few fittingly regally named varieties as well, such as Lavendula Regal Splendour and Continus Royal Purple. Inside the Pavilion, horticulture fans can admire the work of the nominees for this year’s RHS Chelsea Florist and Young Florist of the Year. Inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Spring Wedding,’ the participants have been asked to create a floral wedding throne. In addition to that, the finalists for the RHS Chelsea Future Florist Competition 2018 will be showcasing their hard work by creating their take on a floral wedding arch.
Well known for naming flowers in tribute to the members of the royal family, the show will also include the Clematis Prince William and Clematis Princess Kate. Grown by Thorncroft Clematis, the celebratory plants will make an appearance in the Great Pavilion display. Look out for the Prince William variety, which has purply red tulip-shaped flowers that flawlessly compliment the Princess Kate bloom. What’s more, seeing as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen an assortment of white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies for their own wedding day, visitors can also see the growers of some of the country’s finest varieties of these species. One such specialist is David Austin Roses, which is highly regarded for its exquisite roses and produces a staggering 900 varieties, one to suit every couple—royal or otherwise.
After exploring this year’s Chelsea Flower Show enjoy a restorative and indulgent Afternoon Tea at The Egerton House Hotel.