Giant Veg and Chelsea Flower Show 2016
We were delighted to supply Tom Smith Plants with Giant Veg at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016. The Company secured a Silver Guilt Medal at the event. Pictures from the event are detailed below, including some great pictures with Raymond Blanc and the Chelsea Pensioners
- The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society which was founded in 1804.
- In 1927 there was a campaign to get the RHS to ban foreign exhibits from RHS Chelsea to reduce competition with British firms. The RHS refused saying, ‘horticulture knows nothing of nationality.’
- In 1932 the rain at the Show was so severe that a summer house display fell to pieces. One very wet year an exhibitor named it ‘The Chelsea Shower Flow’.
- The Great Pavilion is roughly 11,775 square metres or 2.90 acres, enough room to park 500 London buses.
- Of the firms that exhibited at the first Show in 1913, three can still be seen at the Show today: McBean’s Orchids, Blackmore & Langdon and Kelways Plants.
- A cap of 157,000 was placed on the number of visitors to the showground in 1988.