10 things you didn’t know about the Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show: 100 years in pictures

1) The Chelsea Flower Show was originally called the Royal Horticultural Society’s Great Spring Show, and was held in 1862, at the RHS garden in Kensington. It was not until 1913 that the show moved to it’s current turf of the Chelsea General Hospital.

2) The flower show was cancelled during WW2 because the War Office needed the land for an anti-aircraft site. The show eventually returned in 1947.

3) 1926: the organisers decided to postpone the show due to the General Strike – it was held a week later.

4) Disaster struck in 1928 when a fierce storm hit the show the night before the grand opening. Hailstones blocked the drains of the marquees, causing serious flooding and damage but staff worked throughout the night and the show was opened as usual.

5) Today the exhibitors are inside a pavilion, but until 2000, they were housed under a giant marquee which was honoured in the Guinness Book of Records as the worlds largest tent. The old tent was later turned into 7,000 bags, aprons & jackets.

6) Paul Cooper’s ‘Cool and Sexy’ garden in 1994 has been remembered due to its controversial feature of a grille which blew jets of air up the skirts of unsuspecting women.

7) The longest-lived garden in Chelsea history is thought to be American Sherman Hoyt’s cacti garden in 1929. She donated the plants and their painted desert backdrop to Kew, who displayed the garden for over 50 years.

8) All the Flower Shows gardens are built from scratch in just 19 days and dismantled in only 5 days. Use our storage facilities to keep your belongings safe.

9) Until 2013, gnomes had been banned from the show – exhibitors would often try and smuggle them in.

10) In 2014 spectators at the show drank 1,150 glasses of champagne, 6,400 glasses of Pimms and 10,560 hot drinks and ate over 10,000 portions of fish and chips.

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