RHS Chelsea Flower Show: 101 Glorious Years In Pictures

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  • Get ready for a hit of nostalgia as we look back at some of the most iconic moments from the last century at the Chelsea Flower Show.

    The Chelsea Flower Show first opened in May 1913, now every spring around 500 exhibitors set up camp in the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea to show off their horticultural creations to over 160,000 visitors.

    As the 101st Chelsea Flower Show gets underway, let’s take a look back at some of the memorable and beautiful moments from the last century.

    The Queen Mother at a private view of the Chelsea Flower Show with exhibitor Ralph Hancock in May 1949.

    Karl Lagerfeld visits the Chanel Garden in 1998.

    Britt Ekland poses with the ‘Rose Of The Year’ in 1970.

    The William and Catherine hybrid rose, 2011

    Designer Zandra Rhodes in 2011.

    A fresh-faced Gwyneth Paltrow strikes a pose in 1997.

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles share a moment in the Highgrove Garden in 1998.

    The Paradise in Plasticine garden made entirely from plasticine, 2009.

    Security guards surround £20,000,000 worth of diamonds in the Urban Ace of Diamonds garden in 2010.
    Prince Charles and Camilla make the leap in 2007.

    Queen Mary and Princess Mary pet a pony in 1916.

    The Hanging Gardens of Chelsea in 2011.

    The L’Occitane garden in 2010.

    Helen Mirren in 1994.

    Queen Elizabeth visits the Chelsea Flower Show in 1993.

    The Mud Maiden in the 4Head Garde’ by Marney Hall and Heather Yarrow in 2006.

    The Chelsea Pensioners’ garden in 2005.

    King George V and Queen Mary at the flower show in 1925.

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