To celebrate Chelsea's centenary in 2013, the RHS is publishing a commemorative book to chart the show's evolution from gardening show to world-famous event.
'RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Chelsea Centenary' is the ultimate show souvenir, it explains what makes the show so special. It explores how it has evolved since 1914, how it now forms part of the annual social calendar and how it has reflected and shaped tastes in garden design and planting over the last 100 years.
Many famous personalities are in it, as well as outstanding gardens. Short pieces by significant nurserymen and women, designers, organisers, visitors and patrons describe what Chelsea meant to them.
The book includes chapters on the early shows, shows between the wars and decade by decade to the present day.The illustrations are largely drawn from the extensive RHS archive and include photographs, plans, posters and other ephemera.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration, by Brent Elliott is out now. For tickets or details on where to buy the book head to the Chelsea Flower Show website.