A day out with the flowers: Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Earlier this year in May, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a ticket to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. My first time at the rodeo, I was not entirely sure what to expect or what I’d encounter through the gates of the Royal Hospital in SW3’s prestigious Chelsea, but I do have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

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Obviously I had heard of the event and all the glamour and exclusivity that comes attached to it, but hadn’t ever really taken much of an interest as I must admit flowers and gardening have never been a burning passion of mine. Never the less, I grasped the opportunity for a dress – up day and a glass of bubbles at the bandstand.

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*coat and trousers: Zara, shoes: Adidas Superstars, bag: Celine 

From the onset we were bombarded with beautiful flowers displays and colours from every angle. My sceptical nature with regards to my enjoyment of the day was quickly changing as I became mesmerised by pretty colours and smells to die for.

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The main attraction of the day was by far the most sought after view and I was lucky enough to have a backstage pass and witness it right under my feet.

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The red carpet made entirely from hand knitted poppies was created in commemoration the fighters of the Second World War. Designed by previous winner, Phillip Johnson, the field of poppies was put together in collaboration with the 5000 Poppies Project.

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Over all the day was a most enjoyable affair and I am so grateful that I got to experience such a rare ticket. If the opportunity ever does float your way, definitely take it!

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