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RHS Chelsea Flower Show May 2006

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Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 May 2006


23 & 24 May reserved for RHS members www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows

Ticket booking:
0870 906 3781 (public), 0870 906 3780 (RHS members)
All tickets sold out

Opening hours:
Tuesday 23 – Friday 26 May 8am – 8pm
Saturday 27 May      8am – 5.30pm (sell-off starts at 4pm)


The Exhibitors

There are around 600 exhibitors at the show.

This year there are… 19 show gardens, 27 small gardens in the Chic, City and Courtyard categories and over 100 floral exhibitors in the Great Pavilion.

Some exhibitors such as Notcutts, Blackmore & Langdon and Hillier Nurseries have been exhibiting since the RHS Chelsea Flower Show began.

Among the top garden designers creating show gardens this year are Jinny Blom, Chris Beardshaw, Andy Sturgeon, Cleve West, Tom Stuart-Smith and Stephen Woodhams.

First time exhibitors at this year’s show include:
Floral exhibitors - Campania Region, Italy, with a display celebrating food from the region, Kapiteyn, from Holland, will be exhibiting Zantedeschia, Tendercare Nurseries Limited will be exhibiting specialist trees, Vacherot & Lecoufle with orchids and RHS Garden Rosemoor with ‘A Cottage Garden’ exhibit, which includes a fruit garden and a vegetable garden

Show gardens – Stuart Perry, ‘These Four Walls’ and Nick Williams-Ellis, ‘The Jurassic Coast Garden’.



Some of the challenges that floral exhibitors face as they prepare for the show…
Pop’s Plants Auriculas - biggest challenge is the weather. Most auriculas finish flowering by early May and alpines do not respond to being ‘held back’. In the past Pop’s Plants has even transported plants to Scotland to try and gain an extra week!

Raymond J. Evison Ltd - biggest challenge is transporting the plants safely from Guernsey to London by ferry without damaging them. 

Hampshire carnivorous plants - grow up to 6 times more plants than will be used in the display.  The biggest challenge is the weather for sarracenias as they are grown under unheated glass.

The 2006 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – a global extravaganza…
Show Gardens - themed around Australia, New Zealand, Chicago, France, Africa and Britain’s Jurassic Coast. 
Great Pavilion - leading exhibitors from across the UK, including David Austin Roses, Hardy’s Cottage Plants and Blooms of Bressingham, and from around the world, including the Jamaica Horticultural Society, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Vacherot & Lecoufle, France, and Borneo Exotics, from Sri Lanka.
Small Gardens – will include Japanese, French, Scottish and Lebanese gardens.


The Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held at the Royal Hospital since 1913. The 2006 show will be the 84th show to be held on this site.

Saga Insurance is the new sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

After the successful introduction of the extra day last year, the show will once again open on Saturday.

157,000 visitors will attend the show. This has been the capped figure since 1988.
 
 In 2006 exhibitors and sponsors will invest around £3.9 million to create the show and small gardens at the show.
 
 Around 250 new plants have been launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over the past four years.
 
 It takes up to three weeks to build a show garden and 10 days to build a chic, city or courtyard garden.
 
The Great Pavilion covers over 12,000m2  - that’s enough room to park 500 London buses!
 
The showground covers 11 acres.
 
During show week 8,000 bottles of champagne, 20,000 glasses of Pimms, 110,000 cups of tea and coffee, 25,000 bottles of water and 35,000 rounds of sandwiches are sold.
 
The proceeds from this year’s Charity Gala Preview will go to the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts who are currently working in partnership on the ‘Wild About Gardens’ project.  ‘Wild About Gardens’ is an important charitable initiative, which aims to increase understanding of local wildlife, celebrate what garden owners are already doing to support wildlife and build on research into the wildlife potential of domestic gardens.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the ways in which the RHS, as a charity, generates revenue to support its charitable activities.  Each ticket purchased helps to fund the many activities undertaken by the RHS to promote horticulture and help gardeners.  These activities include undertaking scientific research into issues affecting gardeners, holding plant trials and education events and activities.

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