RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 highlights

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has shared some of the floral and garden highlights of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, taking place from the 24 to 28 May and sponsored by M&G Investments.

The central monument of the show will be Bowdens for 2016. The Devon-based multi-RHS gold medal winning nursery takes the largest space at the show with a 6,000ft2 planted-up train station. Centrepiece of the exhibit will be an 80ft-long carriage from 1920s Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Millais Nurseries will this year celebrate the centenary of the Rhododendron Society, which held its first AGM at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1916.

The Great Pavilion, a 12,000m2 marquee, will feature more than 100 exhibits from the world?s best nurseries, growers and florists. Nurseries exhibiting for the first time at the show include Tom Smith Plants, Hoggarth Hostas and Love the Plot You?ve Got.

Award-winning designer Cleve West returns for show sponsor M&G Investments with a garden inspired by the ancient oak woodland on Exmoor National Park. Diarmuid Gavin, who won gold with a multi-tiered garden in 2011, will present ?The British Eccentrics Garden? sponsored by Harrods.

Great Pavilion veteran Rosy Hardy branches out with her first show garden, ?Forever Freefolk?, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. It is inspired by endangered chalk streams which provide a rich habitat for aquatic plants, insects and wildlife, but are slowly disappearing.

Combining stylistic elements of the east and west, Chihori Shibayama and Yano Tea will create their first Chelsea Show garden for Watahan & Co, which aims to convey the diverse cultures of the UK and Japan.

Peter Eustance of Symphonic Gardens has developed an acoustic artisan garden for disability charity Papworth Trust, inspired by world-famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Sarah Eberle returns to the show with her garden for Viking Cruises, based on the floating gardens of the silk-weaving region of the Mekong River in Cambodia.

Juliet Sargent?s Chelsea debut aims to raise awareness of modern-day slavery. Design duo Martin Cook and Gary Breeze are exhibiting for The Marble and Granite Centre with a garden set inside a giant 2.5m granite cube.

Priority tickets are already available for RHS members. General tickets will be available from 1 December at: www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows

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