We had another fabulous year at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, wandering around some of the amazing gardens and picking out a few plants we'd like in our own gardens.


The show has been celebrated now for 101 years, so we thought we'd put together a few interesting facts that might surprise you...

  1. The Grand Pavilion is the biggest tent at the show. You could fit 705 Mini Coopers inside it.
  2. Garden gnomes were banned from the Chelsea Flower Show for 100 years until 2013, when they were allowed to feature for one year only!
  3. 161,000 people visit the show each year – that's more than eight times the number of people that could fit in the O2 Arena.
  4. Hillier Nurseries has been awarded the greatest number of golds in the show's history – 66 in total – every year since the show resumed after World War Two.
  5. It's not quite the biggest flower show in the UK, it's now been surpassed by the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
  6. All the show gardens are built from scratch in just 19 days!
  7. Last year, visitors drank 1,068 bottles of champagne, 15,887 cups of tea and ate 8,734 sandwiches.
  8. Grenada celebrated its 40 years of independence in 2014 with this garden here, filled with tropical flowers and exotic spices displayed on a beach scene.
  9. Three of the firms that appeared at the original show in 1913 can be seen at the show today! They're called: McBean’s Orchids, Blackmore & Langdon and Kelways Plants.
  10. Hugo Bugg became the youngest ever winner of a gold medal this year - aged 27 - with his environmentally-friendly rain-garden.
 
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