Posted: 28/05/2014 at 23:11
Glad you liked the photos Dogbowl. There are some from pervious years here - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1205%20Chelsea%20Flower%20Show?sort=2&page=1
and here - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/2013%20Chelsea%20Flower%20Show?sort=2&page=1 I was in a wheelchair after foot surgery so not so many photos. I have photos from previous years too.
Many of the Chelsea gardens get recreated somewhere after the show and Diarnuid Gavin's Sky Garden has just been installed in a new garden regeneration project in Cork.
Many of our most popular garden flowers originate in South Africa - pelargoniums, osteospermums, agapanthus, crocosmia, euphorbias, gerberas and many more as well as houseplants so it's nromal for South Africa to have a stand displaying their wares to earn potential tourist or export incomes. Same for Thailand with its garish display of colourful orchid flowers.
There's a page on the RHS website for applications to design a garden or have a trade stand so it would seem that anyone can apply but they have to pass the selection process. I'd expect the main expense would come from all the time and money spent on getting plants and display materials just right and at their peak at the right time but it would all be recouped in the value of the free pubicity.