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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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: