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RHS takes over tenancy to create 2007 Chelsea Flower Show

Work commenced Thursday 26 April to create the 2007 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Royal Horticulture Society took over tenancy of the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and started work to create the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by Marshalls.

Over the next three weeks the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) with thousands of contractors, landscapers, designers and nurseries will create the spectacle of the world’s most famous flower show. The Royal visit takes place during the afternoon of Monday 21 May and the show opens to RHS members on Tuesday 22 May.

Over the coming weeks over 6,200m2 of track-way will be laid; the Great Pavilion, an 11,000m2 structure that 500 buses could park in, will be created; dozens of structures, including nine restaurants, a press tent, which over 1,000 press will utilise, will be built and the BBC will install up to 20 miles of cabling. Forty seven show gardens will be created by teams of landscapers and plants-men and on Monday 21 May all the displays will judged by a total of 120 judges, including carnivorous plant and bonsai experts.

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At the helm of this military operation are four women from the RHS, who will be managing the equivalent of at least three battalions. Alex Baulkwill, Show Manager, is responsible for 600 exhibitors and for making sure they produce gardens and displays at the world class standard that Chelsea is renowned for; assisting her is Claire McWilliam who is a recent recruit; Caroline Humphries, Operations Manager, over sees the building of the site, transport management, tent age, catering, telecommunications, signage and health and safety; Caroline’s assistant, Emily Doherty, previously worked on the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Based in site cabins, at the showground, for the next seven weeks, the foursome will cover every aspect of the show from build-up to break down.

Alex Baulkwill, RHS Chelsea Flower Show Manager, said; “It is an exciting and challenging time. We have just 26 days to transform 11 acres of what is literally a field into the first event of the summer season, with fabulous gardens, vibrant and colourful horticultural displays, exhibits showcasing desirable gardening products and all the trimmings, such as quality catering, that come with providing our visitors with a special day out.

“We’re all working hard and looking forward to creating an inspirational and exciting show for the 157,000 visitors who we will be welcoming between the 22 and 26 May.”

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place on 22-26 May 2007 (22 & 23 May: RHS members only. 22 & 23 May all day tickets now sold out). Tickets must be booked in advance on 0870 247 1226 or at


Posted: 24 April 2007

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