Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:46
First, the show gardens, big and small. Then the floral pavilion so you can absorb the colours and perfumes and get up close to some of the most popular exhibits and also chat with the nurserymen and women as they're very happy to answer questions and hand out plant lists and/or catalogues so you can order plants if desired.
The only plants you can buy at Chelsea are some lily bulbs on the lily stand and seeds on some nursery displays and at the seed stalls in the shopping street.
There are also people selling decorative stuff including a chap who sells rusty iron peony supports which are also great for herbaceous clems but he sells out quite quickly so get in quick and ask him to keep them for you.
After that relax and see the show gardens again later on as the light changes and casts different shadows. It's a full day so take the time to relax and sit a while.
On a practical note, there's a Felco stand where you can get spare parts for your secateurs and they'll fix them if you bring them. Stands selling gloves at good deals, wellies, hand tools, clothing and so on.
Make sure you take your camera to help you remember memorable plants and combinations and gardens and, maybe, the odd gardening hero.