The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show takes place every year at the Chelsea Hospital grounds and draws worldwide attention. The 101-year-old show requires 25 days to put together, and draws over 150,000 visitors each year – even the Queen comes out to see the displays. This year, 550 designers created displays ranging from instructional vegetable plots to avant-garde horticultural sculptures to elaborate, themed show gardens. Several somber installations paid tribute to the centennial of the First World War, with gardens featuring memorial poppies and representations of trenches and mine craters.
Awards are given out in various categories, and this year, 27-year-old Hugo Bugg became the youngest-ever gold medal winner. His first time participating in the show, the Exeter designer created an environmentally conscious show garden meant to draw attention to water conservation issues.
The show is open to the public through May 24; tickets required.