RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Weather & Dressing

There’s nothing quite like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the world’s favourite flower show that showcases the finest in garden design. A firm favourite with gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts, the event takes place between Tuesday 23rd May and Saturday 27th May 2017.

Of course, an event that showcases fabulous flowers needs the right weather — rain simply won’t cut it. While we’re all praying that the sun will shine, what has the weather been like in previous years?

RHS Chelsea Flower Show weather

With the exception of the two World Wars, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held every year since 1913. Visitors have witnessed almost every weather condition — here are the years that stick in our minds:

In 1932, severe rain hit the show, causing the complete destruction of a summer house, while other years received so much rain the event was nicknamed ‘The Chelsea Shower Flow’. However, it’s not just the weather at the event that we need to worry about — yes, we’d prefer sunshine but we can easily take shelter from the downpours with an umbrella.

The real concern lies in stunted plant growth ahead of the show as a result of adverse weather conditions. This has been a reality in previous years — for example, in 2012, gardeners experienced a cold winter, a hot and dry March followed by a wet April prior to the show. These difficult conditions meant that exhibitors had to rely on other means, such as heated greenhouses. A crew was even assembled to pump surface water out of the exhibition space.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show dress code

Time will tell what the weather will be like for visitors to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show; however, as the event’s past shows us, anything is possible! If you are lucky enough to attend, you’ll need to dress appropriately.

While there isn’t a strict dress code for the event, there are some unwritten guidelines that you should follow. As one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world, it’s nice to look the part.

Go for a smart-casual look — for gents, casual chinos and a shirt are more than suitable, while ladies can follow suit with a tailored dress. In terms of footwear, keep it practical — you’ll do a lot of walking as you explore all the show has to offer. Avoid taking cumbersome backpacks with you, as you don’t want to damage the displays in one swift movement!

If you’re heading to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, order your umbrellas in advance—take a look at the range of ladies and men’s umbrellas at Fulton Umbrellas.