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Chelsea Flower Show opens

Looking exhausted but peaceful, the garden designers have finished the gardens in contention for best of show at Chelsea, and are waking up on site. The Queen will attend the show today, when Chelsea opens to the Press and private views for members of The Royal Horticultural Society. Chelsea opens to the public May 22.

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Founded in 1804, The Royal Horticultural Society held Great Spring Shows for years before opening the first Chelsea Flower Show in 1913 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Since then Chelsea has been an annual event (with breaks during the First and Second World Wars), blossoming every late May with plants, gardens, garden tools, statues, gardeners, and friends. . .

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