Chelsea Flower Show now seems to extend its reach all over town; flowers burst from windows, workshops spring up in the shops and there’s even a new app for discovering London’s great trees. Here’s what’s on this week:
Chelsea in Bloom
Walk up the Kings Road from the Ivy Chelsea Garden up towards Sloane Square, all along Sloane Street and not missing Pavillion Road and down to Pimlico Road and admire all the wonderful window displays for Chelsea in Bloom. Commissioned by top florists’ this year’s theme is Under the Sea. We loved the giant octopus at Kiki McDonough and the spectacular shell-dripping ceiling at Rabbit, but there’s plenty more to choose from. Then vote for your ‘People’s Choice’ favourite by midnight on 23 May here.
The Flower Show’s little sister, Chelsea Fringe is now in its eighth year, spreading the buzz and excitement around gardens with green-fingered fun all around London. There are lots of events every day – many of which are free so check here to find out more – but this year we’re particularly loving their focus on London’s trees. They asked London’s Tree Officers in all 33 Boroughs to show us their favourite 12 trees in their Borough. Download the TiCL app and find out about all the wonderful trees in your area. chelseafringe.com
Silk Flower Making with Lore Avedian at Eccleston Yards
Join artist Lore Avedian and learn how to make a beautiful 3D silk flower stem using simple sewing and fabric techniques at Eccleston Yards as part of their Language of Flowers floral festival. 26 May, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, £28 eventbrite.co.uk
Floral ice creams at Gelupo
In honour of the flower show, Gelupo have created three new flavours of ice cream – Lemon Rosemary Sorbet, Strawberry & Rose Pepper and this delicious Mint Stracciatella. Yum. Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, London, W1D 7AU
Floral Tea at Sketch
As part of Mayfair Flower Show (16 – 27 May), Sketch has been transformed with six floral installations from top florists including, Rebel Rebel, Carly Rogers Flowers, Thierry Boutemy, Figa & Co, Ricky Paul Flowers and Jam Jar who made this spectacular stained glass window with pressed flowers in the style of William Morris. Drink it all in with a cup of tea – the floral edition includes botanically-inspired cakes and pastries £85pp sketch.london
Flower Pressing workshop at Daylesford
Feeling inspired? Jam Jar are also running a Flower Pressing workshop at Daylesford Pimlico Road on 23 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm where you can learn their techniques. Tickets are £125 here. Indeed it’s a bumper year for Jam Jar as they were also commissioned to create the beautiful Main Gate to the Flower Show – a celebration of buzzy bees.
Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea at Browns
For a classic and quintessentially English afternoon tea, Brown’s have a special Flower Show tea with floral pastries, champagne and a new spring-scented fragrance made just for the event by perfumer Ormonde Jayne. £69.50 per person for tea, champagne and a perfume bottle, 20 – 26 May, 12 – 5pm at Brown’s