Country Life kicked off Chelsea week with our Summer Gardens issue, in which Mark Griffiths previews this year’s Show, for which tickets sold out in record time. The global economic downturn doesn’t seem to have stopped exhibitors pulling out the stops – one of the gardens is bedecked with jewels and has been valued at £20m, making it the most expensive garden ever put together for Chelsea Flower Show. A new competition to find exciting new plants is being launched this week at the show, and Countrylife.co.uk suggests a choice property for sale in Chelsea, should you want an easy journey to the site for next year’s fun and games.

Chelsea Flower Show 2010 – Country Life Preview

Mark Griffiths previews this year’s Chelsea Flower Show picking out the highlights and taking you around the show gardens

Record ticket sell-out for Chelsea Flower Show

It was a groundbreaking year for ticket sales at Chelsea, illustrating that the appetite for the most glamorous gardening event of the year is as keen as ever

£20m garden for Chelsea Flower Show

This year’s Chelsea will feature the most expensive garden to be designed in its history

Chelsea property for sale

This Chelsea property would be an ideal base from which to walk to Chelsea this week

New ‘Plant X-Factor’ at Chelsea Flower Show

A new search for the next big thing is being dubbed the ‘Plant X Factor’ at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

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