Our guide to surviving the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

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With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 just around the corner, excitement is in the air for flower lovers, horticulturists, and anyone with a passion for all things green and beautiful. However, amidst the breathtaking displays and bustling crowds, navigating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show can be quite the adventure. Fear not, as self-proclaimed Chelsea pros, we’ve compiled our top tips to help you not just survive but thrive at this year’s floral extravaganza! 

Plan your visit 

Before stepping foot into the flower-filled wonderland, it’s crucial to plan your visit. Check the show’s schedule, map out your must-see exhibits and prioritise them based on your interests. Preparing a rough itinerary can help you make the most of your time and ensure you don’t overlook any hidden gems. 

Arrive early 

Beat the crowds by arriving early in the morning when the show opens at 8am. This is especially important if you want to take photographs without swarms of people in the background. Arriving early also gives you the opportunity to explore the show at a more leisurely pace before it gets too crowded. 

Dress comfortably 

Comfort should be your mantra when selecting your attire for Chelsea. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so opt for supportive footwear. As for clothing, dress in layers to adapt to the unpredictable British weather. And don’t forget your suncream and a hat for those rare sunny days! Additionally, keep in mind that Chelsea is a bit of a fashion show in itself, so floral and fabulous frocks are the way to go! 

Engage with exhibitors 

Take the opportunity to chat with exhibitors and designers at the show. They are passionate about their work and can provide valuable insights and tips. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or strike up a conversation – you might learn something new or gain inspiration for your own garden! Why not pay a visit Emily and Ana at the Seedball stand? They’re sharing some fascinating insights about medicinal and edible wildflowers. And if you’re keen on learning more about growing techniques, make sure to stop by and chat with Nelly at Alitex, she’s always eager to share her expertise! 

Stay hydrated 

Exploring the sprawling grounds of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show can be tiring, so staying hydrated is essential. Bring a refillable water bottle to quench your thirst and pack plenty of snacks to stay energised. With plenty of food and drink options scattered throughout the venue, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to refuel and indulge in delicious treats. 

Take breaks 

Don’t feel pressured to see everything in one go! Take regular breaks to rest your feet, enjoy a cup of tea (or a glass of Pimm’s!), or simply take in the beauty of the surroundings. Find a quiet spot to sit and relax amidst the hustle and bustle of the show, a favourite of ours is the band stand! 

With a little bit of planning and these survival tips in mind, you’re sure to have an enjoyable and memorable experience at the RHS Chelsea flower show 2024. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, the show offers something for everyone. And if you’re curious about the latest trends gracing the show this year, be sure to check out our trend’s predictions for Chelsea 2024! So, lace up your comfortable shoes, pack your water bottle, and get ready to immerse yourself in a world of floral delights!