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Flower Power: Chelsea in Bloom

This past weekend brought the closing days of the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

Ladies love an opportunity to throw on a flowery frock, get gussied up, and spend an afternoon gasping at astonishing feats of gardening.

So why not pop by to experience all the hullabaloo!

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It was so much fun wandering around through the stalls and vendor exhibits taking in all the cutesy fashions and accessories that people who garden would love!

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After a walk around the grounds getting smooshed and bumped in the massive throng of crowds, it was time for a relaxed afternoon tea in the pavilion.

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We had the best seats in the house – out on the sunny balcony of the pavilion, where we could nibble cakes and scones, watching the eager crowds below.

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After tea, we had a chance to chat with some of the Chelsea Pensioners who were on hand for the bell-ringing ceremony to close the show.

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These retired servicemen and women live in barracks on the grounds of the Royal Hospital and are recognizable by their distinctive scarlet coats. They are a jolly bunch, and always add a distinguished air to ceremonial events.

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A truly lovely time was had by all.

Hats off to the Chelsea Flower Show for putting on another incredible event!

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Flower Crafting at Kate Spade

Last night Kate Spade New York invited me for an evening of sips, snacks and flower crafting with Wild at Heart to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show.

Upon arriving at their Sloane Square boutique, I was absolutely wowed by their bespoke tropical floral window display.

This takes the term wallflowers to the extreme!

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Inside, there were handsome gents waiting at the door offering tropical beachy drinks!

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Beverage in hand, I made my way over to where the action was – the floral crafting table!

The ladies from local florist Wild at Heart were on hand giving demos on botanical crafts.

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Under their watchful instruction, I tried my hand at creating a blooming hair piece.

It was very intricate work – I now have a higher appreciation for all the craftsmanship going into my custom floral pieces for the wedding!

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It looks like I may have taken a little inspiration from the bags on display in eye-popping tropical colors!

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After finishing my flowery creation, I was able to browse around sipping a delicious, slushy caipirinha.

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And before heading off to dinner, just one more peek at that window display!

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The buzz around Sloane Square for the Chelsea Flower Show is infectious at the moment. I loved seeing all the shops with their own floral creations on display adding to the excitement.

We spotted a maze in the square and couldn’t contain our childish impulse to have a run through it.

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Truly an a-maze-ing experience!

Now time to be good adults, and go to dinner with other grown-ups.

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And so we headed off across St James Park as dusk drew close. We will have to wait another day to come out and play again.

Chelsea Flower Show

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.

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After a chilled glass of champagne, I needed to check out the shops!

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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.

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