The Chelsea Flower Show used to signify the start of the English summer season, the first in a series of social events that took place within reasonable reach of London to keep people entertained while Parliament was still sitting. There isn’t much of an English society scene left, but the Chelsea Flower Show is said to attract more FTSE 100 chief executives than any other social event and draws thousands of visitors through each year.
This year was the 100th anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show, and last Monday night was its Charity Gala and Auction Preview.
After a chilled glass of champagne, I needed to check out the shops!
My wonderful RHS guide took me on a whirlwind tour of the pavilion and the show gardens – the highlight was walking on the gold medal-winning Centenary Garden.