Ranelagh Gardens, Royal Hospital Chelsea

The world’s greatest flower show returns in spring with stunning garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and endless shopping.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held for more than a century in the grounds of the Royal Hospital. It is the pinnacle of garden design Internationally significant show The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is the place to see cutting-edge garden design, new plants and find ideas to take home. It is an event which draws a truly global crowd and is the ‘haute-couture’ of the international gardening scene.

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Brompton Cemetery Seed Sowing
Sowing wildflowers in memory of past Chelsea Pensioners

On 6 May, Chelsea Pensioners and members of the Royal Hospital’s grounds team joined representatives from the Royal Parks, the Royal Parks Guild and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery to sow a patch of wildflower seeds in Brompton Cemetery as part of the Battlefields and Butterflies initiative.

Chelsea Pensioner Centenarians
100 years old and still going strong

Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

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