England: The RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Behind the Scenes with Mike Nelhams
This unique, specially arranged tour is led throughout by the Curator of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens Mike Nelhams, who will give us personally guided tours of RHS Garden Wisley, where he studied horticulture prior to taking up a scholarship at the Abbey Gardens, and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with which he has been involved for many years and has visited countless times. After an exclusive private dinner at Wisley, Mike will also give us a talk revealing the secrets of what goes on behind the scenes at the world’s most famous flower show, as well as anecdotes from his time both as a young student at Wisley and of course as Curator of the unique Abbey Gardens. Our short tour continues in the regal setting of the Savill Garden in Windsor, which was created in the 1930s and developed under the patronage of Kings and Queens, and the nearby Valley Garden, filled with exotic blooms from all over the world. We then join Mike for a full day visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, during which he will provide personal guided tours of the site, picking out his favourite garden exhibits and giving us an insight into what it takes to produce a prize-winning display.
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What to Expect
• Full day visit to the Chelsea Flower Show, with personal guided tours by Mike Nelhams
• Guided tour of RHS Garden Wisley with Mike
• Private three-course dinner with wine at Wisley
• Visit to the Savill and Valley Gardens at Windsor