Cadogan, in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, has announced this year’s Chelsea in Bloom winners
It’s not just the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that sent Londoners into a flurry over florals, Chelsea in Bloom, London’s largest free flower festival, is in full swing and the SW3 and SW10 postcodes have sprung into life with colourful creations.
More than 90 shops, restaurants and hotels participated in this year’s event, from Sloane Street, Pavilion Road and Duke of York Square to, for the first year, the iconic King’s Road, which celebrated its re-launch in 2019.
Each participant interpreted the Under the Sea theme in their own unique way to compete for the annual coveted awards, and this year’s winners are:
- Best Floral Display: Hackett
- Highly Commended: Kiki McDonough
- Highly Commended: Smythson
- Innovation Award: Marshall Wace
Voting for People’s Champion is decided by the public, with voting closing at midnight on Thursday 23 May and the winner announced on Friday 24 May (click here to vote).
Chelsea in Bloom, which extends the Chelsea Flower Show out into the local neighbourhood, runs from 20-25 May 2019, so there’s still time to catch the breath-taking free floral displays.
Sloane Square will once more become home to an Information Point (to book a free rickshaw ride or walking tour of the area’s highlights), pop-up bar area and central floral installation – a coral reef complete with giant dolphin made from mixed foliage, and an octopus with tentacles of celosia heads and pincushion proteas, created by florists All For Love London.
Another large-scale floral installation making up the spectacle is a giant 4m Orca Whale situated on Pavilion Road, created out of tropical leaves jumping out of a base of mixed shades of delphiniums, hydrangeas and frothy gypsophila.
Meanwhile, on Duke of York Square, florists Maison de Fleurs have created a giant turtle comprised of a mixture of plants, succulents, moss and brightly coloured flowers.
For the first time, Cadogan is working alongside charity partner Plastic Oceans UK, whose vision is to end plastic pollution. For those wishing to take part, a charity point will be in situ on Sloane Square, with an interactive installation to raise funds and awareness.
At the end of the week, flowers and plants will be re-used and re-homed wherever feasible by the charity Floral Angels.
Elsewhere, the The Lister Hospital in Chelsea, part of private healthcare group HCA Healthcare UK, has launched a Health in Full Bloom garden to raise awareness of the ways gardening can impact our health. The garden will be in place for the duration of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May).
Find out more at chelseainbloom.co.uk
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