This year’s Chelsea Flower Show, from 21-25 May, marks the 100th anniversary of the show. As the most famous flower show in the UK and maybe the best in the world, it’s one of London’s biggest events of the year. We caught up with our fabulous florist, Yan, to find out some insider tips and knowledge!
Hi Yan! What are your top tips for people going to Chelsea this year?
When choosing what to see, always go for the new concept to see cutting edge designs. The Fresh Gardens are a must. On the last day look out for different designers selling off items from their displays – it’s usually a bit of a scramble but worth it! The things you usually buy are often creatively produced specifically for the show.
Did you know? On the Saturday before the show, all the fresh flowers are delivered and then the Queen gets a private tour around the show before anybody else.
For visitors, wear very comfortable clothing and shows as it’s very busy and you’ll be on your feet all day. From the comfort of your home, follow the BBC coverage – they have a great 1 hour slot every evening.
Tell us about your experience at flower shows…
I’ve been in two Chelsea Flower Shows, and amazingly won in 2010 with the cupcake design for Flemings. My first ever show was at Hampton Court – a great experience which lead me to go on and win at Chelsea. One day I would love to be on the other side and judge!
What’s your own garden like?
I would say…simple and a work in progress. My original idea was to use my garden for my small clients and supply their flowers directly from my own garden but I’m not able to do this all the time. I find flowers are more exciting when they first come through; when they are in bloom I am already thinking about the next design bulb to be planted.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas always start small and develop – it’s all about experimenting, some work and some don’t! I love creating displays for Flemings, I am always experimenting with new ideas and designs. Every job is so different, for example I might design a display for the lobby in Flemings one day and then a dinner for Rihanna the next.
And one last thing…what’s your stance on gnomes?
Gnomes are allowed at Chelsea Flower Show this year for the first time in 100 years. I think it’s a good idea – it should be kept as a novelty for one year and I hope everybody has fun with it.
Are you looking for a hotel near Chelsea Flower Show? Come and stay at Flemings and enjoy Yan’s stunning creations around the hotel during your visit, making Flemings one of the best hotels for Chelsea flower show. If you have missed out on tickets this year, why not come and get a taste of Chelsea at Flemings with a display and enjoy an afternoon tea.