Mentioning royalty and donkeys in the same article might be frowned upon in some quarters but, in the context of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, we hope it’s acceptable.
Among the headline events this year will be a “Back to Nature” garden from the show’s organisers, the Royal Horticultural Society, which has been co-designed by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duchess has been collaborating with landscape architects, Andree Davies and Adam White on the garden’s look and feel.
Also featured – and for the first time – will be an exhibit from the Donkey Sanctuary which is celebrating its 50th year. The charity was able to apply to have a garden at the show thanks to the financial backing of an un-named long-term supporter.
The “Donkeys Matter” garden will showcase the work the animals perform in fetching water to poor and vulnerable communities around the world, freeing up children to attend school.
The show, which attracts exhibitors from around the world, will be held from May 21-25 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It has been held there every year since 1913 (apart from during the World Wars). It was Britain’s largest flower show until the one at Hampton Court Palace – held early in July – took that accolade.
Note that admission on the first two days at Chelsea (the Tuesday and Wednesday) is restricted to members of the RHS. Thereafter the public is more than welcome.
Tickets for the public are available in three categories – all day £67; after 3.30pm £44; after 5.30pm £38. Prices for RHS members are less than these figures. Opening times are 8am-8pm (5.30 on the final day). All prices shown are for tickets bought before May 1.
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