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The Royal Wedding at RHS Chelsea

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Hillier's A Royal Celebration by Sarah Eberle. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall
Hillier's A Royal Celebration by Sarah Eberle. Picture; RHS/Tim Sandall

Celebrate Harry and Meghan’s big day

The Chelsea Flower Show is full of ways to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, from specially named plants to displays fit for royalty.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Amazing The Space event. Picture; Northern Ireland Office
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Amazing The Space event. Picture; Northern Ireland Office

London Gate entrance

Kitten Grayson Flowers, a London-based florist will be creating a bower of trees to welcome visitors, featuring an English oak and a Californian cedar covered with woodland flowers.

Growing up each side of the gate, the two trees will meet in the middle to create a canopy that represents the baobab tree, the tree of life native to Botswana.

Peeping through the foliage is a Botswanan springbok, a reminder of the country held dear to Harry and Meghan as well as nature’s ability to delight and intrigue.

Intriguing glimpse... at the Hillier build on Thursday, May 17
Intriguing glimpse… at the Hillier build on Thursday, May 17

Hillier’s A Royal Celebration

Hillier’s A Royal Celebration, designed by Sarah Eberle, will be at the entrance to the Great Pavilion. At the heart will be impressive corten-steel staircases adorned with royal-themed floral displays.

The entrance will also feature Hillier trees on either side. Visitors will discover a variety of regally-themed plants with a bridal theme – look out for lots of white florals.

Colour is added to the scheme with flowers selected for their royal names, including Lavendula Regal Splendour, Cotinus Royal Purple, Agapanthus Bridal Bouquet, Lavendula Tiara, as well as Hydrangea Kanmara Champagne.

Sarah said: “Whilst most people will be glued to their TV watching the Royal Wedding, we’ll be putting the finishing touches to the gardens ready for opening.
“It is an absolute privilege to be able to create the display in honour of the Royal Wedding and to expand our Chelsea repertoire beyond the main Hillier exhibit.
“Fingers crossed we get a few spare moments on the Saturday to
break from building to watch the nuptials!”

Florist and Young Florist of the Year

In the Great Pavilion is the RHS Chelsea Florist and Young Florist of the Year Competition and the floristry theme will be Spring Wedding.

The designs will feature a Floral Wedding Throne, inspired by any style or colour.

RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year finalists (25 or under) will be on display until Wednesday, May 23, with the winner being announced on May 22, before RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year finalists build their displays which will be available until Saturday, May 26, with the winner announced on May 24.

Future Florist Competition

Those who successfully qualified at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show or Flower Show Tatton Park 2017 will compete in the final of the RHS Chelsea Future Florist Competition 2018.

Also with a theme of Spring Wedding, the finalists will be creating a Floral Wedding Arch. Each will be supplied with a metal arch that will be decorated so visitors can walk through it.

Clematis Prince William. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis
Clematis Prince William. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis

Right royal clematis

Thorncroft Clematis’ display in the Great Pavilion will feature Clematis Prince William, with purple-red flower buds opening to handsome semi-nodding tulip-shaped flowers, with mauve margins and deep lavender interiors.

Plus, it will make the perfect companion to Clematis Princess Kate (Zoprika).

Rose Desdemona
Rose Desdemona from David Austin Roses

A royal bouquet

Having announced that white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s choice of flowers for their wedding day, take a look at the roundup of Great Pavilion exhibitors that will have a floral display fit for a prince:

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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