London's Chelsea Flower Show to open with a volcano and a secret garden

LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - A secret garden and model erupting volcano are among the main attractions of this year's Chelsea Flower Show, Britain's premier gardening show which is enticing royalty and celebrities alike this week.

Queen Elizabeth is expected to visit the show in Chelsea, a prosperous area of central London, on Monday, while media mogul Rupert Murdoch and actress Judi Dench were among visitors ahead of the show's official opening on Tuesday.

The show, which is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), will run from May 23-27, and is expected to draw around 165,000 visitors in total. The RHS said tickets sold out two weeks in advance of its opening.

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gestures as she talks with Northern Irish designer Ian Price at his garden 'Mind Trap' at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain May 22, 2017. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public this year from May 22 REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
Marcel "Le Corgi" perches his paws on a display at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A model wears a floral headdress at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Cacti are displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Julian Simmonds/Pool
A LaGioconda Dahlia is displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A visitor looks at a display at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Judi Dench visits the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A visitor looks at a display at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A Chelsea Pensioner walks past a display of daffodils at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
A visitor looks at a display at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Strawberries are displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Television presenters Chris Evans and Mary Berry pose for pictures at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show in London, Britain, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), is shown the IBTC Lowestoft: Broadland Boatbuilder's Garden as she visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain May 22, 2017. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public this year from May 22. REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), talks to an exhibitor (R) as she visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: The 'The IBTC Lowestoft: Broadland Boatbuilders Garden' on display at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Various packets of seeds on display at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: The 'The Poetry Lover's Garden' on display at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: A giraffe made from astro turf on display at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans (L) watches as Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, samples a tomato at the 'BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans Taste Garden' during her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain May 22, 2017. The Chelsea flower show, held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, opens to the public this year from May 22 REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Sterculia mexicana on display at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: The 'Walker's Wharf Garden' on display at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Performers in panda costumes perform in the Silk Road Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Varieties of flowers on display at the Chelsea Flower Show on May 22, 2017 in London, England. The prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, held annually since 1913 in the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds, is open to the public from the 23rd to the 27th of May, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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