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Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebrationby Brent Elliott
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For one hundred years, RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been the annual event in the world of horticulture. This is the essential centenary souvenir, and an enduring look at what makes Chelsea special.
Royal Horticultural Society insider Brent Elliott explains how the show has grown and changed, how it is has formed part of the social calendar and how the nation’s taste in garden design and planting has been reflected and shaped by Chelsea over the years.
Short pieces from some of our greatest nurserymen, nurserywomen and garden designers describe what Chelsea means to them, along with pieces from those who present the show to the public and those behind the scenes who pull it all together.
A wealth of illustration draws from the extensive RHS archive and includes photographs in colour and black and white, plans and posters, many published here for the first time. Whether you come for the nurseries or the show gardens, to buy gardening gloves or foxgloves, or whether you simply prefer to beat the crowds and read all about it, this magnificent book conjures up the full Chelsea experience.
Chelsea Flower Show is an annual, world famous and well-loved horticultural and social event. In May 2013 Chelsea celebrated its hundredth birthday. This book is the essential centenary souvenir, and an enduring look at what makes Chelsea special. A learned but accessible text will explore how the show has evolved, how it is has formed part of the social calendar and how it has reflected and shaped tastes in garden design and planting over the years. Outstanding personalities will be highlighted as well as outstanding gardens. Sprinkled through the book are short pieces by significant nurserymen and nurserywomen, designers, organisers, visitors and patrons that describe what Chelsea means to them. The book will be arranged chronologically, with chapters on the early shows, shows between the wars, and decade by decade history of the show through to the present day. Illustrations are largely drawn from the extensive Royal Horticultural Society archive and include photographs in colour and black and white, plans, posters and other ephemera.
About the Author
Brent Elliott can reasonably claim to be the world expert on the history of RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He is historian to the Royal Horticultural Society and author of numerous articles and books, including the official history of the RHS and Flora: An Illustrated History of the Garden Flower. He has written introductions and captions to the RHS diaries (published by Frances Lincoln) since 1993.
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