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Garden lovers invited to enjoy a Taste of Chelsea right here in Essex

21 May Garden lovers invited to enjoy a Taste of Chelsea right here in Essex

This week RHS Chelsea will once again play host to the UK’s most popular flower show, attracting visitors from across the globe.  But for those who can’t make it to the real thing, there’s a  chance to enjoy a taste of Chelsea right here in Essex at the home of the late Beth Chatto in Elmstead Market, near Colchester.

The Beth Chatto Gardens will be hosting a week of Chelsea inspired events to celebrate Beth’s own success at the show, and this celebration is now even more poignant as the 10 times Chelsea gold winner sadly passed away last week (13th May 2018) aged 94.

“A Taste of Chelsea” will run at the Beth Chatto Gardens throughout the week of 21st – 27th May, and will be a celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show, as well as Beth’s very own success at the show.  Beth Chatto first exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower show in the 1970s, and went on to win 10 consecutive gold medals in the years that followed.

As well as behind-the-scenes tours and talks, there are several unmissable events taking place throughout the week, for anyone who has an interest in gardening, plants, or Beth’s incredible relationship with them.

On 25th and again on 26th May, visitors to the gardens will be able to hear incredible tales of exhibiting at Chelsea and what went on behind the scenes at a day’s workshop,  which includes seasonal lunch, garden entrance, and talks from Beth’s close friends Garden Director Dave Ward and tutor Chrissy South.

There will also be a chance to unwind in the grounds of the Beth Chatto Gardens on the evening of 25th May.  The Chasin’ Rainbows Band will entertain with traditional jazz and popular music from the 1920s-1980s while guests enjoy a three-course dinner overlooking the beautiful Gravel Gardens.

Anyone wishing to attend one of these special events can reserve their place via the website