Saturday 3 December 2016

Celebrities on display as Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom

Emily Beament in London

Published 24/05/2016 | 02:30

Princess Beatrice (right) speaks with garden designer Diarmuid Gavin during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Photo: PA
Princess Beatrice (right) speaks with garden designer Diarmuid Gavin during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Photo: PA

Celebrities and royals got the first glimpse of this year's Chelsea Flower Show, which features everything from a Pullman train carriage to gardens recreating natural landscapes.

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Security at the London show has been beefed up in the wake of terror attacks in Brussels and Paris, as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were joined at the event by other royals, including Prince William and his wife Kate, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice, who chatted to Irish designer Diarmuid Gavin.

Gavin has designed a garden of bizarre gadgetry, which comes to life every 15 minutes. There's also an acoustic garden inspired by world-leading percussionist Evelyn Glennie, which will play musical notes to visitors,

Visitors to the show will see the Belmond British Pullman train carriage as part of a 6,000 sq ft planted-up station in the Grand Pavilion, a garden inside a sculpture, and a field of handmade poppies as a tribute to those who have served in war.

Celebrities who got the first look at the show yesterday included Judi Dench and Katherine Jenkins, James Norton and Rod Stewart. The show, at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, central London, is open to the public from today, with 160,000 visitors expected to come through the gates during the week.

Irish Independent

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