RHS Chelsea Flower Show will commemorate the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll
A garden inspired by late Queen Elizabeth ll’s own tastes, featuring a life size topiary display of the late monarch’s pony ‘Emma’.
This years’ annual 2023 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show will commemorate the life of late Queen Elizabeth ll, whilst celebrating the coronation and reign of King Charles lll.
Her late majesty was in regular attendance at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the duration of her 70-year reign, frequently accompanied by fellow members of the royal family.
RHS director of shows and gardens, Helena Pettit says: “Whilst there will be joyful celebration around the King’s Coronation at RHS Chelsea this year, the absence of our late Queen on the afternoon before we open will be profoundly felt by many.”
The RHS show will focus on commemoration and celebration, reflecting on the past and the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, whilst looking to the future of King Charles lll.
Designer Dave Green’s ‘A Garden of Royal Reflection and Celebration’ features a plant palette of light pinks and whites, featuring ‘Olivia Austin’ roses and silver birch, capturing the late Queen’s personal tastes.
A plant palette of blues, purples and pinks will be featured to represent the King’s preferences, combining the two monarch’s tastes to create a celebration of unity.
Harkness Roses, RHS Gold Medal winners and breeders of exquisite British roses for more than 140 years will be showcasing a display inspired by the British flag, to celebrate the coronation of King Charles lll.
The displays will be enclosed by hedging to create a space for contemplation and reflection for attendees to find peace within.
The Great Pavilion will showcase a topiary art display of ‘Emma’, a 24-year-old black fellow pony owned by her late majesty.
Emma was seen around the world, stood to attention for the late monarch’s final journey to Windsor Castle and is known to have been very dear to the late Queen, who was known to have raised horses from an early age.
RHS director of shows and gardens, Helena Pettit continues to say: “Her annual visit would lift the whole showground, so I hope our royal tributes will help keep those happy memories alive.”
The 2023 RHS Chelsea Flower show will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of May.