Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show

Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show by Brent Elliott

A Centenary Celebration

Format: Hardback, 200 Pages
ISBN: 9780711234512
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Chelsea Flower Show is an annual, world famous and well-loved horticultural and social event. In May 2013 Chelsea celebrates its hundredth birthday. This book will be the essential centenary souvenir, and an enduring look at what makes Chelsea special.

A learned but accessible text will explore how the show has evolved, how it is has formed part of the social calendar and how it has reflected and shaped tastes in garden design and planting over the years.

Outstanding personalities will be highlighted as well as outstanding gardens. Sprinkled through the book, short pieces by significant nurserymen and nurserywomen, designers, organisers, visitors and patrons will describe what Chelsea means to them.

The book will be arranged chronologically, with chapters on the early shows, shows between the wars and decade by decade to the present day. Illustrations will largely be drawn from the extensive Royal Horticultural Society archive and will include photographs in colour and black and white, plans, posters and other ephemera. Many will be published here for the first time.
Dr Brent Elliott is librarian and archivist to the Royal Horticultural Society and author of numerous articles and books. He has written introductions and captions to the RHS diaries since 1993. He is based in London.
Format: Hardback, 200 Pages
ISBN: 9780711234512
Illustrations: 200 color & b-w
Size: 8.5 in x 11 in x 0.75 in / 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm x 19.05 mm
“Stunningly illustrated book ... packed with wonderful photographs of displays past and present that will have you reaching for your dibber.” - Daily Mail “Authoritative and evocatively illustrated book... equally compelling is the charting of the cavalcade of social and cultural influences that have shaped the show. Chelsea may be 100, but she is not in her dotage, and, one hopes, will long continue to surprise and delight.” - House & Garden “The text crackles with his customary wry wit, and is peppered with glorious nuggets ... the illustrations are especially rich.” - Gardens Illustrated “There is no better person to research and write the history of the Chelsea Flower Show than Brent Elliott ..." - Garden Design Journal "The essential souvenir of a show that has reflected and shaped tastes in garden design and planting for the past 100 years ... the chronological chapters provide a fascinating journey from the early shows to present day." - The Garden "Rich in anecdotes as well as history and is superbly illustrated". - The Lady 'Relive the glory of this year's centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show” - Living North
"Decade by decade, author Elliott, librarian and archivist to the Royal Horticultural Society describes the birth, growth, and present-day flowering of this grand event. Interleaved through the narrative are “My Chelsea” sections by noted designers, gardeners and many other individual witnesses, including RHS Show Director. Trends have come and gone, royalty has passed through, and high society and hoi polloi have braved heat and rain to participate in this annual gala that is both a British social event, and arbiter of garden design, planting styles, and taste. American readers can immerse themselves in RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s ambiance, while cribbing marvelous ideas for their own garden projects. More than 200 photographs drawings and maps illustrate this handsome 100-year celebration of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show." - Lavender Magazine

"...a book that will take you through the very best of Chelsea from its inception 100 years ago to today....Stunning illustrations throughout, too ... a book you'll want to peruse over and over." - Garden Design Online

"...a carefully thought out and well written account of one of the most celebrated horticultural exhibits today...The colour pictures of the gardens are so vivid that I swear I could smell the flowers and made me want to reach out and touch the petals. From the close ups of individual flowers to the dramatic water features—the photos allow the reader to immerse themselves into the lush landscape. ..I highly recommend this book to both gardening enthusiasts and history buffs. It is also a great book for any reader and should take pride of place on any coffee table or book shelf." -