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RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration Hardcover – 4 Apr 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711234515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234512
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'stunningly illustrated book ... packed with wonderful photographs of displays past and present that will have you reaching for your dibber.'

(Daily Mail)

'authoritative and evocatively illustrated book... equally compelling is the charting of the cavalcade of social and cultural influences that have shaped the show. Chelsea may be 100, but she is not in her dotage, and, one hopes, will long continue to surprise and delight.’

(House & Garden)

'The text crackles with his customary wry wit, and is peppered with glorious nuggets ... the illustrations are especially rich.'

(Gardens Illustrated)

'there is no better person to research and write the history of the Chelsea Flower Show than Brent Elliott ..."

(Garden Design Journal)

“the essential souvenir of a show that has reflected and shaped tastes in garden design and planting for the past 100 years …. the chronological chapters provide a fascinating journey from the early shows to present day.”

(The Garden)

“rich in anecdotes as well as history and is superbly illustrated”.

(The Lady)

'relive the glory of this year's centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show'

(Living North)

'delightful nuggets about past events ... together with old saws and amusing anecdotes.'

(Country Life Book of the Year)

About the Author

BRENT ELLIOTT can reasonably claim to be the world expert on the history of Chelsea Flower Show. He is librarian and archivist to the Royal Horticultural Society and author of numerous articles and books. He has written introductions and captions to the RHS diaries (published by Frances Lincoln) since 1993.


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Amongst all the discussion of Chelsea's centenary show this year (2013), I'm pleased the opportunity's been taken to produce a suitably celebratory book.

Brent Elliott is the author and as he's historian to the RHS, this is the best possible choice. I've heard him speak on a couple of occasions and really appreciate how his dry sense of humour brings his subject to life, particularly when detailing with relish the stormy arguments and mass resignations of the committee during the RHS's early years. Happily his humour (and details of arguments!) shine through in this account.

I found it best to tackle this volume twice. Once for all the plentiful pictures and good captioning, then reading the detailed text at my second sitting. Both are excellent, but trying to read both together was a bit much for me.

Chelsea has changed immensely over the years, except for one thing: the picture of 1932's Sundries Avenue on page 42 looks almost exactly the same today (apart from the clothes worn by the exhibitors). We have the alpine societies to thank for today's show gardens. It was they who pioneered taking their 'table top' displays outside the show tent and showcasing their plants in large rock gardens built especially for the RHS' pre-Chelsea Spring shows. That tradition continued into the new Chelsea venue and part of the show garden area today is still called the Rock Garden Embankment even though they've long gone. I wonder what the alpine societies make of their legacy today?

The show has seen other huge changes - the shift from a society event and the start of the 'season', through to a more celebrity-led occasion today.
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Being in the US, I love having access to British books through Amazon UK and this is a good example of that. Chelsea is a lovely, informative book with lots of photographs, but it would have benefited from deeper historical information and less personal remembrances.
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I bought this for my dad for Father's Day. He is obsessed with his garden and is a huge fan of the Chelsea Flower Show. This is a really lovely book, filled with photos and so much information.
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This is a good and beautifully photographed account of Chelsea's history- I have given it to 3 people as a perfect gift and its in my top gift list now- great for everyone.
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Bought this as a birthday present for a keen gardener. She was over the moon with it. A perfect book both for browsing through and reading cover to cover
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Loved browsing through it. Makes a great "coffee table" book. Everyone who as spied it has browsed through it. A bit of history in the making.
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This was purchased as a gift, and the recipient loved it. I had a browse too, and thought it was very interesting and beautifully produced.
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Bought this for my mother who is interested in flower arranging. Lovely photos, especially some old ones. Hardback. Whimsical cover photo.
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