The Chelsea Flower Show 2016: Trip Report

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I feel so darn lucky. I just got back from my bucket list trip to the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, and it lived up to the hype. What an incredible experience for someone who is “into” flowers the way I am!

The fact that this show has been going on for so many years has influenced so much of what I experienced. The Showcase Gardens were beautifully done, the crazy clothes that people wore were an unexpected delight, the flower pavilion that showcased specific varieties of all sorts of growing things were informative, and the floral arranging done by amateurs and professionals alike showed me some incredible skill and imagination.

I also LOVED that local vendors got into the act by decorating their shop windows, and want to share a few of the highlights for me. Here are a few of the display gardens that caught my eye:



And, not to be forgotten, there were more than a few floral arrangements that drew my eye. Since I can’t include all the pictures, here are a few of my favorites:



When it came to varieties of different kinds of flowers, I was blown away with the utter diversity of them all. Seeing them all in one place really put it in perspective. Here are some specific varieties of flowers that were especially attractive (to me!):









And finally, take a gander at the pure creative talent these craftsmen used in the display gardens:







Remember I said the shop windows got in on the Flower Show fun, too? Don’t worry, I didn’t forget them! Here’s a little sampling of the clever storefronts we passed:







And perhaps the best display of the whole show were not living flowers at all. This display of poppies, all knitted or crocheted, was an effort started by two women as a small tribute to their family members who served their country.

When the installation was first put on display, there were fewer than a hundred initial poppies. But then, something heart-warming happened…their efforts went viral, so to speak, and now, a few years later, this blanket of fabric poppies contains thousands of hand-made blooms, all in remembrance of the veterans who served their countries.


That’s about all my jet-lagged self can muster for this week, but come back next week to see a compilation of all the wonderful gardens we explored throughout England….wayyyyy too much “beautiful” to keep in one post! Cheers! xx

jbryanThe Chelsea Flower Show 2016: Trip Report