The RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be flying the flag for a greener Britain in 2017.
As the finest horticulturalists from all over the world exhibit their immaculately-designed gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society will showcase its vision for how gardeners can help turn grey Britain green.
The benefits of nurturing plants and gardens in even the smallest areas will be on show. If you’re feeling inspired and are thinking of attending this year's event, here’s everything you need to know about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
What will be on show?
London’s Covent Garden, the Yorkshire coastline and the Chengdu Silk Road have all inspired designers in this year’s show.
The centrepiece show gardens will include one aiming to turn grey Britain green, another inspired by the quarries of Malta and one featuring pines, larches and birches to reflect the boreal forests and freshwater lakes of Canada.
Visitors will also be able to see thought-provoking and unconventional contemporary gardens, with nine Artisan garden designs taking visitors “from Japan to the Mediterranean and back again to the British coastline”, the show’s organisers the Royal Horticultural Society said.
More than 100 colourful displays of every shape size and colour will also be on show in the Discovery Zone science and research hub.
All the marquees, gardens and floral exhibits can be viewed from ground level, but none of the gardens are designed for public access - although some of the marquees and floral exhibits can be walked through.
When is it?
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 will run from Tuesday May 23 to Saturday May 27, with Tuesday and Wednesday reserved for members only. Members of the royal family, often including the Queen, and a host of celebrities usually attend a preview of the show.
The show opens at 8am each day and closes at 8pm each weekday and at 5.30pm on Saturday.
The annual sell-off of flowers and plants at the end of the show begins at 4pm Saturday.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets are on sale now and they were cheaper if you bought in advance. Only limited availability or no tickets at all now remain, and the prices rose considerably on April 10.
Members of the public can buy up to four tickets on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show site for either Thursday May 25, Friday May 26 or Sunday May 26. Any remaining all day tickets cost £100 in advance, while it’s £55 for 3.30pm entry and £41 for 5.30pm entry
Tickets for RHS Members cost £63 in advance for all-day tickets, £45 for 3.30pm entry and £36 for 5.30pm entry. The show is also open to Members Only on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Wednesday tickets costing £72 for all-day entry, £42 for 3.30pm and £32 for 5.30pm entry; Tuesday tickets cost £8 more across all categories.
No children under 5, prams, pushchairs or babes in arms will be admitted and children aged 5 and over will need to pay the full adult price.
Where is it?
The grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in central London are transformed with horticultural displays for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
How do I get there?
Organisers recommend visitors use public transport. Sloane Square tube station, on the District and Circle Lines, is a 10-minute walk away and the closest tube station to the showground.
Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 360 and 452 stop closest to the showground. For further information, visit the Transport for London website.
A shuttle bus - £4 one-way or £6 return - will also operate from Victoria to the hospital from 7am to 8pm Tuesday to Friday (finishing at 7.20pm on Saturday).
Public parking is available in Battersea Park, around a 20 minute walk from the show, and can be pre-booked with tickets.
What about refreshments on site?
Options range from snacks and drinks to three-course meals and seafood platters with champagne.
Some 6,000 sandwiches, bloomers and baguettes were served alongside 1,000 salads, 43,447 cakes, pastries and cookies and 818 seafood platters – not to mention 23,823 glasses of champagne and 104,144 hot drinks in the 2015 show, according to organisers.
There are also picnic and seating areas by the bandstand and in Artisan in Ranelagh Gardens.
Image credits: Lewis Whyld / Jonathan Brady / Stuart C Wilson / Yui Mok / Max Nash / PA