Catch it if you can – the Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship event, is now on until next Saturday…
Occupying 11 acres of the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, the Flower Show has been held on that site since 1912, after moving from Kensington and, prior to that, Chiswick. Three companies who exhibited at that very first Chelsea show still exhibit today!
At the heart of the show is a pavilion that covers nearly three acres and houses floral displays and trade stands. The pavilion is always hugely popular as a chance to shop, eat, and grab advice from horticultural experts, but the main attractions are the show gardens that this year highlight the different ways in which green spaces benefit our mental and physical health, as well as climate change and pollution.
There are 28 show gardens of varying sizes sponsored by companies, individuals and charities such as the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Donkey Sanctuary and Greenfingers Charity. Each garden is built from scratch in 19 days and then dismantled after the show in just five. The gardens are either reconstructed elsewhere in their entirety or broken down and used in various other projects.
The Royal Horticultural Society was formed in 1804 and has been publishing journals since 1807. There are also registers, encyclopaedias and books. That must be quite some archive alone but added to that are nursery catalogues, garden guides, diaries and around 200,000 photographs.
If you have an archive that needs organising, storing or restoring just give our blooming marvellous document management team a call on 0333 060 9326 and they can chat to you about file and asset tracking, heritage storage or make you a cup of tea during a tour of one of our own multi-acre sites.
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