Monday, May 23rd will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make their first royal appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show alongside the Queen and Prince Harry. The royal couple will tour the exhibits, but the highlight of their visit to the show will most likely be to see the flower created and named after their daughter.
The green, pink-tipped chrysanthemum named after the precious princess is being entered for consideration for Flower of the Year. It was created by the Dutch company, Deliflor, the world’s largest chrysanthemum breeder. The royal couple were presented with a bouquet of the Princess Charlette chrysanthemum after her birth last year. You can buy the flower at Waitros; 50p of each purchase is donated to the East Anglias Childrens Hospice, a charity the Duchess serves as Royal Patron.
Her Majesty is Patron of the flower show which will run from 24-28 May. Prince Harry, like the Queen is a regular attendee at the event. Several other members of the royal family are also expected to attend this year’s show, including the Countess of Wessex, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
Held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, the Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious horticultural events in the UK. Each year, the Royal Horticultural Society, (RHS), organises the show. The RHS was founded in 1804. ‘Horticulture knows nothing of nationality.’ This was a statement made in 1927 when the RHS refused to ban the showing of foreign exhibits. The Great Pavilion is approximately 11,775 square metres or 2.90 acres. This is a space large enough to hold hundreds of London busses. Three firms who debuted at the first show in 1913 can still be seen today: McBean’s Orchids, Blackmore & Langdon and Kelways Plants.
Last year, by the request of Prince Harry, Matt Keightley designed an African-themed garden consisting of plants native to both Lesotho and the United Kingdom. The space was created to honour his charity, Sentebale, which supports children living with HIV/AIDS in that country.