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A Carriage in Bloom

A Carriage in Bloom

A pioneering spirit shines brightly at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this May, as Belmond British Pullman teams up with Bowdens to create a display like none other in the event’s history.

Since its inception in 1913, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has remained Britain’s most prestigious horticultural event. The four-day show attracts the most eminent green-fingered talent from across the United Kingdom and abroad, crafting evocative displays of flowers, trees, herbs and vegetables in hope of winning a number of coveted awards. Famous faces flock to the 11-acre site at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and the event has strong ties with the British Royal Family, who attend the opening day each year.

This year, visitors will witness a momentous first as Belmond teams up with Bowdens to create the largest ever display in the show’s history.

A carriage from the Belmond British Pullman train will serve as an enchanting embarkation point on a journey through botanical history. Built in 1928, ‘Zena’ is an icon from the Golden Age of Travel, when trains were the carrier of choice by which pioneers could explore and uncover rare plants for themselves. The 6000-square foot show garden further draws upon this era, featuring distinctive jungle ferns, far Eastern bamboo, colourful orchids and the oldest fern book in the world, dating back to 1705.

An ideal partner to take on this challenge, Bowdens is a family-run business of plant retail specialists with over 30 years of experience. Their teams boasts a number of the world’s leading experts that have already collected numerous RHS gold medals. 

“We are both inspired and excited by the opportunity of ‘planting’ one of Belmond British Pullman’s historic carriages at RHS Chelsea Flower Show,” enthuses Gary Franklin, Managing Director of Belmond Trains & Cruises. “It will be a unique and challenging logistical manoeuvre, and we are looking forward to taking part in such an iconic event.” 

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 24 - 28 May 2016.