Benedict Cumberbatch, Lily Cole, Rowan Atkinson and Amy Willerton were among the British celebrities on hand to preview the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on Monday.
The last week in April is typically when the tulip beds at Sherwood Gardens are in full bloom. With heavy rain mid-week, prime viewing may have been made shorter.
The public retreat, a tract once owned by A. S. Abell, founder of The Baltimore Sun, was the creation of John Sherwood in the 1920s.
His work continues through Stratford Green, which plants 80,000 tulip bulbs per year and maintains the six-acre garden. On the morning of May 24, people can participate in the Tulip Dig and purchase this year’s bulbs. The proceeds benefit the historic gardens.