Whether you're heading to RHS Chelsea or not, don't miss our look at the sights and sounds that you might otherwise miss at the iconic flower show.

  • Pimms on tap – with a queue by 11am
  • A tea stall where you can enjoy a cuppa from genuine Wedgewood china
  • A Solar System made from chrysanthemums – complete with a rotating Planet Earth

  • Inspirational quotes from Vita Sackville-West and Gertude Jekyll emblazoned across the site as if they’re mantras from the Dalai Lama
  • Dorian from Birds of a Feather, Christopher Biggins and Peggy from Hi-de-Hi – it’s a C-list party dream.

  • An actress sitting all day on a bench, musing gently about art, nature and man
  • Hand-made wooden rocking chairs – for the garden
  • Daffodils in summer

Daffodils at 2018 Chelsea Flower Show

  • A garden designed in the form of a miniature London square
The New West End Garden at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. (Pic: Toby Keel/Country Life)

The New West End Garden at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. (Pic: Toby Keel/Country Life)

  • A security guard saying into his walkie talkie ‘Okay Dave, the champagne lorry’s coming through now’
  • People dressed for a night at the opera at half-past nine in the morning
World-Champion Free-diver Tanya Streeter poses at The Pearlfisher Garden while wearing a dress designed by BA Fashion and Textiles students from The University of Brighton during the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (Picture: Getty)

World-Champion Free-diver Tanya Streeter poses at The Pearlfisher Garden while wearing a dress designed by BA Fashion and Textiles students from The University of Brighton during the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (Picture: Getty)

  • Gold leaf gardening gloves
  • Rhythmic gymnasts in gold spandex outfits jumping up and down between flowers, shrubs and garden sculptures

  • “Is this Yorkshire? No, it can’t be. It must be South Africa.”
  • A pair of 20ft-high horses made from driftwood

Driftwood horses at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  • Flesh-eating plants presented as lovingly as the most beautiful, fragrant bloom
  • A Windrush garden co-sponsored by Baroness Floella Benjamin of Playschool fame
  • A genuine stone-built Pennine cottage in a the middle of a city (at SW3 prices, it’d probably cost a couple of million)
The Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. (Pic: Toby Keel)

The Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. (Pic: Toby Keel)

  • Rob Brydon, Esther Rantzen, Nick Frost…
  • A dinner party setting outdoors, complete with kitchen
The Urban Flow Garden at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. (Pic: Toby Keel/Country Life)

The Urban Flow Garden at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. (Pic: Toby Keel/Country Life)

  • Gourmet cheese toasties
  • An enormous blue head made from glass

Blue glass head - - 2018 Chelsea Flower Show

  • A truly beautiful painting of the Khayelitsha shanty town near Cape Town
  • The biggest set of cricket stumps we’ve ever seen
Giant cricket stumps at the British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams at the RHS 2018 Chelsea Flower Show (Pic: Toby Keel/Country Life)

Giant cricket stumps at the British Council Garden – India: A Billion Dreams at the RHS 2018 Chelsea Flower Show (Pic: Toby Keel/Country Life)

  • More Panama hats than you’d see in the members’ enclosure at Lord’s… and the shop where they must sell them. It’s Panama hat ground zero
  • A metal bench in the shape of a rabbit and a Chesterfield sofa made from metal
  • Ainsley Harriott, that girl from the One Show, the bloke from DIY SOS…
  • The best treehouse we’ve ever seen – complete with slide! (And yes, we did try it out…)

Cool treehouse at 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  • A garden sponsored by a group of PPI-chasers called The Claim Guys
  • A rainbow of lupins

Lupins at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  • Countless things so enormously heavy that you wonder how on earth they made it here in the first place

Giant marble heads - 2018 Chelsea Flower Show

  • A garden pod representing an NHS clinic
  • A dozen thrones made from flowers

Flower thrones at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  • The very best bits of the National Dahlia Collection
  • A wickerwork dolphin leaping out of the ‘sea’ next to a transatlantic ship
Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - The Windrush Garden, marks the 70th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush bringing immigrants from the Caribbean to Britain, created with Birmingham City Council's gardens team

Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – The Windrush Garden, marks the 70th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush bringing immigrants from the Caribbean to Britain, created with Birmingham City Council’s gardens team

  • James Martin, Bill Turnbull, Kirstie Allsopp…
  • Salt and pepper grinders made in the shape of chess pieces

Salt and pepper chess pieces