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In pictures: The Chelsea Flower Show

Former prizewinner Diarmuid Gavin returns to the prestigious show with a pyramid-shaped garden.

One of the exhibits in the Great Pavilion.
One of the exhibits in the Great Pavilion.
Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

THE PRESTIGIOUS CHELSEA Flower Show is set to run until Saturday in west London.

Held annually since 1914, this year’s event features 550 exhibitors and the Great Pavilion is housing 14 different show gardens. Ticket prices for the show range from £16 to £55 and around 700,000 people are expected to visit over the five days of the show.

Irish gardener Diarmuid Gavin won the People’s Choice award last year for his elevated Irish Sky Garden entry to the flower show last year. The garden was sponsored by Fáilte Ireland and Cork City Council, who pledged €1.7m and €300,000 respectively.

This year, his entry is a multi-story pyramid garden called the Westland Magical Garden (shown in the slideshow below) and is sponsored by Westland Horticulture.

Doors open to the public tomorrow, but here’s a taste of what’s on offer:

In pictures: The Chelsea Flower Show
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    Designer Chris Gutteridge and parent of a past user of Rainbows Children's Hospice Lucy Smith, in the Rainbows Hospice garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    Chelsea Pensioners open Diarmuid Gavin's Westland Magical Garden, a 24-metre-high seven-tiered garden display. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    Dave Henson (left) and Craig Gadd in the garden created by military personnel from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Hedley Court. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    A visitor photographs a Digitalis 'Silver Cub' in the flower show's Great Pavilion. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    Violinist Marciana Buta performs amid roses by David Austin. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    Team GB's Olympic Men's Sabreurs Alex O'Connell (left) and James Honeybone put on a display of fencing in the 'Duel and the Crown' garden. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    A visitor photographs a display in the Great Pavilion. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
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    Chelsea Pensioners at the Westland Magical Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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