Entrants looking forward to Chelsea Flower Show

Visitors and exhibitors are continuing to prepare for one of the key gardening shows.

Starting on May 22nd, the four-day event is held every year in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital and is one of the country's largest horticultural events – attracting visitors from across the UK and the world.

One of the organisations getting ready for the show this year is a special gardening team from Sidmouth College in Devon. They have the task of growing a number of plants for the Floriade and Chelsea Flower Show Challenges being organised by the Sun newspaper.
Tickets for the show start at £16 each and the nearest tube station to the event is Sloane Square on the district and circle lines.

Visitors enjoying London hotel deals next month may also be interested in a special fringe festival that is springing up around the city soon. According to the Independent, this year will see the first Chelsea Fringe, a three-week festival of free horticulture events, unique performances and displays.

Organised for the first time by Tim Richardson, the fringe event has already arranged 20 different projects that will begin on May 19th and end on June 10th. All of the events will be overseen by volunteers and the festival has already gained the support of the RHS.

Mr Richardson explained he hopes the new event will ensure all of London can appreciate the attraction of gardening and will enable more people to experience the feel of the popular Chelsea Flower Show.

He added: "We want to burst out of the showground in three ways – geographically, so we are going to be across London; demographically, by involving people who wouldn't normally go to the Chelsea Flower Show; and conceptually, across the whole spectrum – community gardens, avant-garde artists and performance art."

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