RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018: in pictures

Highlights from this year’s celebration of beautiful blooms and innovative gardens

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 is open and in full bloom. The show runs from May 22-26, and a preview day ahead of the official opening was attended by Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May. Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne were also in attendance, as were celebrities including Piers Morgan, Joanna Lumley and Bill Nighy.

This year’s show gardens include A Royal Celebration, marking the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Pearlfisher Garden, inspired by ‘the beauty of the vast underwater garden of our great oceans’, and The Trailfinders South African Wine Estate, which takes its lead from the winelands of South Africa’s Western Cape.

The show is supported by Chelsea in Bloom, a competition that sees local businesses decorate their shops with eye-catching floral displays. For more information about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, go here.

A Chelsea Pensioner poses at the Driftwood Sculptures by James Doran Webb

Theresa May is shown around the show

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

A visitor takes a photograph of a display of Lupins

A woman stands by a Chelsea in Bloom display

Sophie Raworth

World-Champion Free-diver Tanya Streeter poses at The Pearlfisher Garden

Ed Balls

Performs pose in front of the Blue Forest Tree Houses

A visitor sits beneath a display of flowers at the floral market

Piers Morgan

A man poses with a black Wensleydale sheep at the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

A Chinese Kung-fu master poses in the STIHL Inspiration garden

A Chelsea in Bloom display is kept under close eye

Princess Anne

A dancer performs in The David Harber and Savills Garden

Joanna Lumley with Chelsea Pensioners

Sol Campbell, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Christian Vit, Nancy Sorrell, JB Gill, Johnson Beharry and Beverly Knight in the Skin Deep Garden