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In pictures: Chelsea flower show

A man walks past a flower display at Chelsea Flower Show during the preview day

The Chelsea Flower Show began its five day run at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea with a special preview day for members and the press.

Designer Kate Frey, from Hopland, Mendocino County, California, USA, poses in her show garden 'The Fetzer Sustainable Winery Garden

There are around 600 exhibitors this year including designer Kate Frey from California whose garden is also a winery and vineyard.

Queen Silvia of Sweden and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden tour gardens at Chelsea Flower Show

Among the many guests Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden could be seen sampling the floral delights.

Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, along with (Left-right) 'Alan Titchmarsh" - Mustafa Shuqru, 10, from North London, "Charlie Dimmock" - Ellie Dodds, 9, from Braintree, "Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen" - Kleni Isaku,

Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen launched the Children's Society's Lust For Life garden with children dressed up as celebrity gardeners and even the Queen.

Charlie Dimmock at the Chelsea Flower Show in London

Charlie Dimmock is one of many celebrity faces at this year's show.

Shoe designer Patrick Cox prepares for a photo call in the Amnesty International garden

Shoe designer Patrick Cox gets ready to open the Amnesty International "Garden for Human Rights".

Joanna Lumley at the Chelsea Flower Show

Actress Joanna Lumley had a fuchsia named after her, which will be sold to make money for Barnardo's children's home.

Visitors shelters themselves with umbrellas in a show garden

Visitors shelter under umbrellas in one of the 20 show gardens all competing for a coveted Royal Horticultural Society medal.

Bright bloom

It's expected that nearly 160,000 visitors will explore the show over the next few days.


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