The Chelsea Flower Show arranged by the Royal Horticulture Society was held from 23-27 May and what best way to expand the show around as Chelsea high street was also turned into a sea of floral waves again this year for the 12th time. As part of the Floral Safari dubbed “Chelsea in Bloom”, the entire posh west-end neighborhood of London was turned into an exhibition of floral artwork.
This year’s theme was Floral Safari which naturally meant that the neighborhood got into the mood of discovery, adventure, exotic animals, jungles and plains.
No wonder that all this display was made of flowers and leading high street retailers, restaurants and hotels in the area were taking part to compete for the coveted award for the best floral artwork. Those who wanted to venture into the main Flower Show could do so and those who wanted to wander around the King Street and Sloane Street to enjoy the breath-taking floral installations could do as well with much ease.
No prize for guessing that I went fully prepared for this floral flurry all around in my floral print dress. Matched with a flamboyant hot pink head band and bright bag in my hand, immersion into the colorful displays was bound to happen. There was the “Happy as a Hippo”, The Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Tiger, Crocodile and an inviting Safari Lodge with colorful cockatoos.
All of the artwork was made with flowers and leaves to convert the entire area into a celebration. Like the fragrance of flowers travels around lifting the mood up, various floral installations put up by the participating shops made the Chelsea neighborhood look like a massive garden where happiness was in full bloom.
Enthralled by the creative floral displays, we found later a cosy corner at the Café Prestat at Pavillion Road to enjoy some fine lemon and ginger evening tea and cakes.
The florist next door was even offering free flowers for passers-by. Flowers do shower a sea of inspiration, a sense of freshness and novelty.
Be ready to fill your wardrobe with more floral prints and your vases with more flowers as the summer approaches.
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