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10 things you need to know about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 May 2017

Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, whose garden for World Horse Welfare is going on display at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Picture by Rose Tinted PR

Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith, whose garden for World Horse Welfare is going on display at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Picture by Rose Tinted PR

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Plant lovers just can’t wait to get their green fingers on this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. So what can visitors expect from next week’s floral spectacle?

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Greening Grey Britain garden.  Photo credit: Nigel Dunnett/RHS/PA Wire.Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Greening Grey Britain garden. Photo credit: Nigel Dunnett/RHS/PA Wire.

1. When and where - It is open to the public from Tuesday, May 23 to Saturday, May 27 at the Royal Hospital gardens in Chelsea and features eight Show Gardens, five Fresh Gardens, nine Artisan Gardens, and more than 100 floral displays.

International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft will be represented at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower ShowInternational Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft will be represented at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show

2. Be inspired - Professor Nigel Dunnett’s RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden aims to highlight, demonstrate and celebrate the multiple benefits of plants and gardens in even the smallest of areas. It provides a vision for the future development and use of private, communal and social spaces in the places where we live.

3. One to watch - James Basson is aiming for his third consecutive RHS Gold medal with The M&G Garden 2017 for the show’s headline sponsor. Inspired by the majestic quarries of Malta, Basson will demonstrate the rich diversity of Maltese flora and the beauty of this harsh environment.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, visit the Peter Beales Roses display at the 2016 Chelsea Flower ShowThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, visit the Peter Beales Roses display at the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show

4. Local interest - Our region is always well represented at the show. Among the Artisan Gardens you will find a replica of 900-year-old beautifully crafted oak boat which was found on the Norfolk Broads. Following last year’s Best in Show, Gary Breeze is presenting The International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft Broadland Boatbuilder’s Garden. The garden, a marshland environment, will also feature peas, garlic, kale and chives.

Peter Skeggs-Gooch of Thorncroft Clematis with Christine Walkden at Chelsea flower show. Photo: SuppliedPeter Skeggs-Gooch of Thorncroft Clematis with Christine Walkden at Chelsea flower show. Photo: Supplied

5. Good causes - Another Artisan Garden is dedicated to a charity founded by a Norfolk nurse. Designed by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith The World Horse Welfare Garden is inspired by the work of the charity founded by Ada Cole and which started life as the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) in 1927. This year it celebrates a 90-year legacy of helping horses and highlighting the plight of abandoned and neglected ‘invisible horses’ around the world.

Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall during a press day ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA WireRupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall during a press day ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

6. A feast for the senses - The Great Pavilion, a 12,000sq metre marquee big enough to park 500 London buses, will feature more than 100 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. Among them will once again be Peter Beales Roses from Attleborough and Thorncroft Clematis from Reymerston, near Dereham, vying for the coveted Gold medal.

7. Shop till you drop - Make a wish list for your own garden, take advantage of special show offers and pick up some bargain plants and accessories on the final day. Local exhibitors include Crane Garden Buildings from Narford, near King’s Lynn, and The Carrier Company from Wighton, near Wells.

Rosamund Pike at the Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital, during a press day ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA WireRosamund Pike at the Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital, during a press day ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

8. Enjoy the ample refreshments - during the 2016 show they served 24,000 cups of Pimms, 17,500 cups of tea, 4,500 portions of fish and chips, 17,250 sandwiches and 10,858 glasses of champagne.

There is plenty of food and drink on offer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Picture credit: PA PhotoThere is plenty of food and drink on offer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Picture credit: PA Photo

9. Celebrity watching - dozens of famous faces from stage and screen are avid gardeners in their spare time and love nothing more than getting top tips from the experts.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.  Photo credit: Adrian Dennis/PA WireQueen Elizabeth II during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Photo credit: Adrian Dennis/PA Wire

10. Royal seal of approval - the Queen and other members of the Royal Family love a VIP tour of the gardens. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are becoming regular visitors.

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