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Gnomes at Chelsea Flower Show

The ban on gnomes at the Chelsea Flower Show is being overturned for this year as it marks its centenary and also tries to raise money to involve young people in horticulture.

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Chelsea Flower Show facts

  • The RHS Great Spring Show was first held in the now vanished RHS garden in Kensington in 1862.
  • Between 1888 and 1911 it was held in the Temple Gardens. It moved to its current site at Chelsea Hospital in 1913.
  • The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.
  • Of the firms that exhibited at the first Show in 1913, only two are still showing: McBean’s Orchids, and Blackmore and Langdon.
  • It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family.
  • The Chelsea rules forbid the use of coloured sculptures. So garden gnomes have been forbidden throughout its history.

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