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It's that time of year again, and we couldn't resist asking Classic FM's resident gardening expert what to expect from a typical day out at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Also, to celebrate this year's show we're offering you a special collection including Foxglove 'Illumination Pink', winner of Plant of the Year 2012, along with a pair of Garden Snips and 10 lucky dip flower seed packets. (click the link below)
Queen Elizabeth II attends the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea this month. Explore the gallery to read Alan Titchmarsh's top tips for making the most of your time at the show.
To make sure you get the most out of the day, Alan advises an early start. "Don't come in mid-morning when it'll have filled up quite a lot," he says. "Turn up between 8am and 11am and it's generally quite good, there aren't so many bodies around!"
Alan says: "If the weather is fine look at the gardens outside first. Dive in, just in case it rains."
"If it's wet outside, put your rain hat on and get out there," says Alan. "Be prepared to brave the weather and make the most of it."
Don't be afraid to make the most of all the event has to offer, with food and entertainment available. "Give yourself time, time to take it all in," advises Alan. "It'll probably take a whole day."
The stunning floral displays are only one aspect of what the Chelsea Flower Show has to offer. "There's a bandstand in the grounds, which is definitely worth a visit," says Alan. "Go and sit and listen to the music while you have your lunch."
It's not just the main gardens that are worth a look. "Above all, make sure you also go to the smaller gardens which are arranged in Ranelagh Gardens - it's alongside the main show ground."
"As Brits, we're particularly good at being second, at being self-deprecating, but we're first at this, so it's really something to champion," Alan says. "More than ever, after more than 100 years of doing this, we've got something to celebrate."
It's not every day you'll find a violinist performing among a rose display. There are often live performances at the show, combining beautiful music and incredible floral displays.
There are so many plants on display, it's easy to forget which ones you might want to buy. "Take a notebook and pencil," advises Alan. "You will almost certainly want to write down the plant names!"
"And don't be frightened to order what you see when you see it. It would be a shame to miss out, so you need to treat yourself!"
Be prepared to spend the day enjoying everything the show has to offer. In 2012, soprano Laura Wright performed in the Arthritis Research UK garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
"It's the most glorious celebration of the thing that we are best at," says Alan. "The Brits are the best gardeners, and we've got the most experience!"
To celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show 2016, we are offering a special collection including Foxglove 'Illumination Pink', winner of Plant of the Year 2012, along with a pair of Garden Snips and 10 lucky dip flower seed packets.