The Chelsea Flower Show takes place every year in May, in Spring. This year, due to the pandemic, sees the first ever autumn Chelsea Flower Show. Pumpkins, fruit and vegetable harvests, a russet palette and dried flower arrangements were abundant. I was lucky enough to spend a September Indian summer day there on Friday.
When you arrive at Sloane Square station, it’s easy to find the way, just follow the ladies in flowery dresses to the Royal Hospital Grounds.
I was as entranced with the floral costumes and straw hats as with the garden displays. It’s a bit like Disneyland, there are huge queues. I was less impressed by the gardens you had to queue for such as the ‘eco’ RHS COP26 garden- a hackneyed theme, showing the progression from ugly city landscapes to ‘glorious’ sustainability. I live in a city. I see this all the time. Not interested frankly. And definitely not worth the queue. I found the ‘loneliness and depression’ garden really funny.