Hello autumn, has it really been nine whole months since we last saw you? Welcome back! While we are welcoming in cool breezes and falling leaves those in the northern hemisphere are saying hello to spring, and are soon to be planning summer holidays and daydreaming of sunbaking with an icy pole in hand.
From more humble beginnings as the Great Spring Show all the way back in 1862, the flower show has been held almost every year since and has steadily grown in popularity, hopping between venues to accommodate the increasing attention.
While ticket numbers are limited, more than 150,000 floraphiles will visit the show which runs from 19-23 May. A cap was placed on the number of tickets in 1988, so it's always best to get tickets early as no tickets are sold at the venue.
If there was doubt about how important the flower show could be to the local florists, new plants are presented and older varieties revived in the horticultural equivalent of a celebrity brand endorsement or couture Fashion Week.
Some of this year's exhibitors include the Barbados Horticultural Society, Orchid Society of Great Britain and for the curious, the Carnivorous Plant Society. Exhibitions set to delight admirers vary between L'Occitane: A Perfumer's Garden in Grasse, Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities Garden and the Living Legacy Garden honouring 200 years since the Duke of Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
Even Prince Harry is getting green fingers as his charity, Sentebale, is creating a showgarden to raise awareness of vulnerable children of Lesotho in southern Africa. The gardens and exhibitors are vying for gold medals in some of the most prestigious horticultural awards; Florist of the Year, Plant of the Year, and Best Show Garden to name just a few.
Other events held in London throughout May include the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, the capital's very own interpretation of Night at the Museum which delighted previous guests with tunnel tours and live action cluedo games, and the ITU World Triathlon grand final in Hyde Park.
Whatever you enjoy doing in London this May, just make sure you've packed your antihistamine tablets. For more information on car hire to get you around London, give our friendly reservations team a call on 1300 656 601 or simply book online today!