The Royal Hospital Chelsea is once again preparing to play host to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, one of most celebrated horticultural events in the world.
Over 165,000 visitors are expected to visit the show from 19 - 23 May, which this year will feature a number of gardens inspired by landmark anniversaries including the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
The 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is also to be commemorated by John Everiss, whose garden tells the story of his father Stan, an RAF evader who was shot down in 1943. Stan was protected and nursed back to health by an ordinary family who were part of the French resistance.
Lieutenant Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Major General David McDowall said: "We are proud to once again play host to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is without doubt one of the finest horticultural events in the world.
"As a major highlight in our calendar, I know just how much the Chelsea Pensioners are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the grounds of their historic home as well as seeing this year's gardens. They are especially keen to see the gardens that will be commemorating key national anniversaries."
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held at the Royal Hospital since 1913 and it has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to over 500 today.
For more information about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including opening times and ticket enquiries, please click here to visit the RHS website.
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