And their enduring appeal shows no sign of abating. Floral prints were everywhere on the spring/summer 2013 catwalks, with motifs adorning the creations of designers as diverse as Paul & Joe and Naeem Khan. Jewellers meanwhile found inspiration in the natural world, with Chanel placing its focus firmly on its founder’s favourite flowering shrub, the camellia. All this in the centenary year of the world’s most prestigious floral event – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual display of awe-inspiring floral creations at Royal Hospital Chelsea is always spectacular, but there will be an extra special buzz in the air at the Chelsea Flower Show this year. From May 21 to 25, visitors will be treated to 15 Show Gardens, 11 Fresh Gardens and eight Artisan Gardens – just some of the highlights of a show that is as popular now as it was 100 years ago. If proof were needed, an exhibition of photos charting Chelsea’s evolving style through the decades will be housed in the Great Pavilion, a space that will also host three exhibitors – Blackmore & Langdon, Kelways and McBean’s Orchids – that have returned every year since the show began. And in a first for the RHS, gnomes, which have previously been frowned upon at Chelsea, will be decorated by celebrities and auctioned off to raise funds for the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal.