Floral Safari – Chelsea in Bloom

This past week in London has been absolutely glorious and I couldn’t be happier! Hot days, blue skies, and Londoners out ‘n’ about.

Ivy Chelsea Garden | Karoliina Kazi

All of the British summertime events are upon us…

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There is no better way to celebrate the start of summer than visiting Chelsea in Bloom, Chelsea’s annual floral festival.

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 It takes place at the same time as Chelsea Flower Show, but it’s free and open to everyone. The Cadogan and Royal Horticultural Society team up with local restaurants, shops and hotels to compete to be the best in the art show. The displays are judged and awarded by an expert panel along with the People’s Champion Award.

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This year’s theme was Floral Safari, inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles! Without further ado, let’s meet this year’s entries – it’s a jungle out there!

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Starting with Rag & Bone’s gorgeous giraffes.

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At Sloane Square, I met with an enormous, playful elephant, a rather snappy crocodile and picked up my event map/walking guide from the Safari Lodge. 

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Making my way down Sloane Street, I found more giraffes at Smythson. They were having lunch so I didn’t want to disturb.

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Hackett has been crowned the winner of Chelsea in Bloom 2017, taking home the coveted prize for ‘Best Floral Display’. Just take a look at the hundreds of flowers and the leopards guarding the store.

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Some even leaping trough the glass…

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Monkeys playing in the sun and the toucan keeping an eye out for people passing by.

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Further down Sloane Street, I found a pair of zebras in love.

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I returned to Sloane Square and took a turn to Symons Street.

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Finding one (or two) of my favourites at Kiki McDonough.

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And a leaping lion at Poetry.

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There were complimentary rickshaw rides through the area for visitors to enjoy, but it was a lovely walk so I preferred that.

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Sarah Chapman’s campfire was taller than me and absolutely stunning.

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I then made my way down the King Road.

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And popped into the Duke of York Square to meet the King and Queen of the jungle.

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The ferocious and majestic lion and lioness.

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CHELSEA IN BLOOM – FLORAL SAFARI

22 – 27 MAY 2017  |  website

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! 
Which one was your favourite entry? I’d love to hear in the comments!

27 Comments

  1. 29th May 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Wow ! This looks amazing ! I have to visit it one day 🙂

    • 30th May 2017 / 11:12 am

      Aw, thank you! It really is a wonderful event and always at the same time with the Chelsea Flower Show so easy to keep up with xx

  2. 30th May 2017 / 2:37 am

    Oh my word such gorgeous views. <333

    • 30th May 2017 / 11:27 am

      Thank you Brooke! It was incredible and so much fun to walk around there and discover new things behind every corner 🙂

    • 30th May 2017 / 11:22 am

      Thank you Melissa, I’m so glad you like them 💗

  3. 30th May 2017 / 5:45 am

    Such great photographs here. I have only been to London once, but I remember one of the big things I loved was all of the beautiful roses that you had. They were amazing.

    • 30th May 2017 / 11:21 am

      Thank you David, I appreciate the compliment. London really knows how to put on a show during the Chelsea Flower Show and I like that this one is open for everyone.

  4. 30th May 2017 / 4:46 pm

    My brother is studying near London. Definitely visiting one day!

  5. 31st May 2017 / 10:29 am

    Omg!!! I want to go here for photos! That’s incredible.
    I love your photography!

    • 30th June 2017 / 10:53 am

      Thank you Marijanna ❤️ its such a great event for photography!

  6. 31st May 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Wish I could of seen this in real life! Looks amazing, I really like the Giraffe.

    • 31st May 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Hi Elizabeth. It’s an annual event so you have many chances of seeing it person. The giraffes were amazing and the whole event is so creative.

  7. 31st May 2017 / 6:03 pm

    ohh no I’ve missed it ! Everything looks stunning though ! Well I’ll certainly go there next year 🙂 I hope you had a nice time xx
    Andra

    • 30th June 2017 / 10:52 am

      Hi Andra – it was sooo nice and the event seems to be growing bigger by the year so I can’t wait to see what they come up with in 2018 🙂 xx Karoliina

  8. 31st May 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Oooh, this looks amazing! Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to go there due to all my allergies haha 😀 Loving the pictures tho!

    • 30th June 2017 / 10:51 am

      Thank you Jasmin – allergies best avoided by enjoying the show through the screen then 🙂 xx Karoliina

  9. 31st May 2017 / 10:00 pm

    Oh wow! These are absolutely gorgeous! I wish Helsinki would have this kind of flowers and all those colors. 🙂 Maybe I’ll book a visit to London next year this time to explore all those flowers.

    • 30th June 2017 / 10:48 am

      Hi Nora! In that case you should try to get tickets for the Chelsea flower show next year, its such an incredible event and nothing but flowers. There is post on my blog from 2016 where you can see a whole lot of flower glory from there 🙂 You’re so right, Helsinki should have something like this as well! xx Karoliina

    • 30th June 2017 / 10:44 am

      Thank you Arv – you’re so right, it’s such a fun event for photography 🙂

  10. 4th June 2017 / 5:37 pm

    The campfire and the smallish orange lion tugged hardest at my heart. Which won the People’s Champion Award? Any of these would have been wonderful additions to an annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. Are you familiar with that event, too?

    • 5th June 2017 / 9:04 am

      Hi Sue! That little lion was so sweet and it had a familiar face somehow… I dont know, but I still think about who it reminds me of. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the People’s Champion… The winner was a Club Monaco store on Sloane Square – you can see it here http://www.chelseainbloom.co.uk/participants-voting I’ve never been to Pasadena and I haven’t heard of the parade, but I’m sure it’s something I would absolutely love. Have a great summer Sue! xx

      • 5th June 2017 / 11:28 am

        Thanks, Karoliina! I love the People’s Champion’s dramatic lighting and lushness. I hope someday, you do attend the Tournament of Roses Parade. It’s nationally televised live, and involves dozens of huge, intricate, animated floats, marching bands, and equestrian teams. The scent is delightful. I hope you’re able to visit it one year. You have a great summer, too!

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