Coming up roses! Amanda Holden makes a splash in pink wraparound dress at Chelsea Flower Show 2012
08:36 GMT, 22 May 2012
Taking a break from the television studios Amanda Holden got into the gardening spirit at the Chelsea Flower Show today.
Wearing a figure-hugging pink Dolce & Gabbana dress and leopard print platforms the 41-year-old Britain's Got Talent judge enjoyed wandering around several of the exhibitions.
She is one of a number of female celebrities set to visit the annual event, which opens to the public tomorrow, including Gywneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Helen Mirren.
Pretty in pink: Amanda Holden in L'Occitane's garden designed by Peter Dowle for Chelsea Flower Show
Holden was also there to help launch L'Occitane's Provence-inspired display created by garden designer Peter Dowle.
After visiting Corsica for the first time last summer to see the immortelle flowers being harvested, he used the sea and rocky hills as a structure for the garden with the bright yellow blooms as the main focus.
During her visit new mother Holden revealed that David Walliams, her new co-judge on BGT, is a 'feeder'.
'He's got a very dark, sort of weird sense of humour. He's a feeder, he's constantly giving you chocolate and cake and all sorts of beautiful things,' she told The Telegraph.
Rest-bite: Holden took some time out from her hectic filming schedule
The new mother opted for a figure-hugging Dolce & Gabbana dress and leopard print platforms
The Chelsea Flower Show has a history stretching back almost 150 years and is the biggest event on the horticultural calendar.
This year's is the 89th to be held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in London, which covers 11 acres and serves as playing fields for the rest of the year.
It was originally called the Royal Horticultural Society's Great Spring Show and was held for the first time in the RHS garden in Kensington in 1862.
After a subsequent period at Temple Gardens, it moved to its current venue in 1913. It was not held in the latter years of the First World War or during the Second World War as the land was needed as an anti-aircraft site.
Final day of preparations at the The Chelsea Flower show which opens to the public tomorrow
This year will mark the Queen's 48th visit to the show, which she has attended without a break since 1971
There are more than 500 exhibitors at the event this year, displaying show gardens, courtyard gardens, educational displays, flora, floristry displays and garden product exhibitions. This year sees new category Fresh, which aims to encourage innovation and new ideas and concepts.
The RHS will celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with an exhibition of photographs of her visiting the show over the years, as well as a specially commissioned flower bed.
The Great Pavilion, named by most visitors as their favourite feature, has enough room to park 500 London buses and contains hundreds of species and thousands of varieties of plant, as well as tens of thousands of blooms. This year it also features a life-size topiary Formula One car.
Over the past ten years more than 600 new plants have been launched at the show, with around 100 introduced at last year's event.
According to RHS, it takes 800 people 33 days to build the show, taking up to three weeks to build a single show garden and 10 days for a smaller garden, although they all come apart in just five days.
All Smiles: Piers Morgan and parents Gabrielle and Glynn enjoy the festivities earlier today
Appearances: Singer Roger Daltrey and Comedian Rob Brydon entertain at the show earlier today
Hats off: Sir Cliff Richard and Actress Leslie Ash and husband Lee Chapman were also in attendance
Show gardens at Chelsea range in size from 10×10 metres to 10×22 metres. The tallest is set to be Chelsea regular Diarmuid Gavin's Westland Magical Garden, a 24-metre high pyramid structure, which is dripping with plants.
The show has around 157,000 visitors each year as the number has been capped at this since 1988. They each spend an average of five hours at the event.
Last year visitors consumed 5,567 glasses of champagne, 12,120 sandwiches and baguettes, 24,191 cakes and pastries and 35,900 cups of tea.
Nearly all the materials used at Chelsea, including glass, plastic and paper, are recycled. This year reused materials will help to train unemployed young Londoners to create a new garden on a neglected site next to the routes taken by visitors to the Olympics.
Celebrities including Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Michael Caine, Roger Daltrey, Leslie Ash and Lee Chapman were in attendance today. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson are due to attend later on this week.
Grand day out: Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole, who served in the Women's Royal Army Corps for 14 years (left) and model and actress Jerry Hall (right) took time to look around the grounds
Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Merced (left) and Percy Gibson and Joan Collins (right) also made an appearance
Sky high: Diarmuid Gavin's Westland Magical Garden, a 24-metre tall pyramid structure, dripping with plants