FLOWERS, the Queen and 6,000 sandwiches – we don’t have long to wait for the famous Chelsea Flower Show’s 2018 extravaganza.
So when does it start, how can gardening enthusiasts get hold of tickets and when is it on TV? We’ve got the lowdown…
Getty Images The Chelsea Flower Show is always a lavish affair
Where is the Chelsea Flower Show and how can I get there?
As the name suggests, the event is being held in Chelsea, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The showground is transformed with a vast array of colourful flowers with plenty to see and do.
As the event is in central London, it is recommended that people use public transport to reach the event.
The closest underground tube to the event is Sloane Square, which is 10-minute walk away from the venue.
News Group Newspapers Ltd Peter Seabrook shows the Countess of Wessex the garden he designed for The Sun at the 2017 show
When does the Chelsea Flower Show start and how can I get tickets?
The colourful event opens to members of the Royal Horticultural Society on Tuesday May 22 at 8am and members of the public on Thursday May 24.
The show ends on Saturday May 26, at 5.30pm – flowers are on sale from 4.00pm.
Tickets are available to buy from the Chelsea Flower Show website.
Prices start at £29 for members and £37 for the public and proceeds from all ticket sales support the charitable work of the RHS.
Prices will increase from April 3 – so if you want to save money, get in early!
You can try to get tickets on the day – the onsite box office opens Tuesday to Friday 7am-7.30pm, Saturday 7am-4.30pm.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of unlimited days out in the RHS gardens as well as early access and cheaper tickets to the annual show – you can become a member of the RHS, starting at £45.75 per year.
Getty Images The event draws a host of horticultural enthusiasts to gawp at the gardens
What can you see and do at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show?
This year, visitors will be transported to an array of beautiful gardens which feature;
Gardens to enhance wellbeing Great ideas to take home Space to grow gardens The Chelsea Late Event – an extension of opening times to give visitors the opportunity to view the exhibits at night Artisan gardens
As ever, guests can explore the Great Pavilion, which will house 100 displays from the world’s best nurseries and florists.
There is also a range of show gardens to give visitors inspiration for their own outdoor spaces.
BBC BBC presenters Joe Swift and Sophie Raworth fronted the 2017 coverage with Monty Don
Can I watch the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 on TV?
Daytime viewers can enjoy coverage of the event which usually airs on BBC One at 3.45pm every day, previously hosted by Nicki Chapman and James Wong.
This programme will also be on BBC iPlayer after airing.
There is also usually a nightly evening show on BBC Two at 8pm, with hosts Monty Don, Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift.