Imagine yourself at the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. It’s not that far fetched: You could be bumping elbows with royalty at what is known as the world’s greatest flower show, overflowing with horticultural masterpieces and state-of-the-art garden designs.
Except during times of war, the Flower Show has been held in May on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every year since 1913. Opening day is always on the Royal calendar. It’s an opportunity to explore modern displays and new innovative designs that will leave you speechless and inspired. If there is a ‘bucket-list’ horticultural event, this is it!
See spectacular gardening demonstrations, meet some of the designers, and share ideas with other garden enthusiasts. Get to know techniques from around the world with representation from Jordan, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Japan, Chile, and Australia, to name a few. You’ll also be delighted by the traditional artisan garden arrangements that will give you new ideas to bring home to your own garden.
On Collette’s Gardens of London tour, all will be inspired, from the greenest of gardeners to more experienced horticulturists. Travelers are treated to members-only access to opening day at this spectacular event, which is so tied to British culture. In addition, the group will gather together for a welcome reception with your hosts, the Royal Horticultural Society.
First and foremost, Collette (which offers tours all around the world), is a travel specialist. Therefore, your experience will include regional must-sees such as Windsor Castle, where the Queen spends many a quiet weekend. And of course you will see the sights of historic London on a locally guided panoramic tour.
Additional horticultural highlights include the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, favored home of Henry VIII. You will also visit Kew, home of the Royal Botanic Gardens – truly one of the world’s most impressive horticultural collections. And complete your trip with a private gala dinner hosted at the Royal Horticultural Society flagship garden, Wisley, with cocktails in its world renowned Glass House.
If you love gardens, this is the event of a lifetime. Join Collette from May 19-26, 2016, and be inspired by some of the world’s best horticulturists. See it all, from treasured, traditional gardens to cutting-edge horticultural techniques. There is so much to discover.
By Delilah Onofrey, Suntory Flowers
Photographs courtesy of Suntory Flowers
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