Chelsea Flower Show 2017: Five things we didn't expect to see

Here are just a few reasons to love the greatest flower show on earth

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The world's most prestigious garden event, the RHS Chelsea flower Show, opened to the crowds this week, promising a real treat for thousands of floral fanatics.

As well as beautiful blooms, celebs galore were out in force to mark the opening of the spectacular event (click on our slideshow to see who was there).

And can always rely on Chelsea to provide more than a little taste of the bizarre. Here's just a taste of the outlandish things you might spot at this year's show...

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Giant pandas

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Animatronic giant pandas cavort in the Silk Road show garden.

A Yorkshire beach

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

A gently lapping sea, an abbey ruin, as well as 8 tonnes of Scarborough sand feature in the Welcome To Yorkshire show garden.

Walking trees

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

A couple of friendly trees are welcoming guests at this year's event.

Animals made from driftwood

Preview Day Of The 2017 Chelsea Flower Show

Amazing handcrafted driftwood sculptures of animals by James Doran Webb.

Flamenco dancers

Viking Cruises Serenades Chelsea Flower Show With Spanish Culture

Traditional flamenco dancers entertain the crowds in a garden inspired by the modern arts movement in Barcelona in the Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration.

Chelsea Flower Show 2017: Celebrity spotting

Chelsea Flower Show 2017: Celebrity spotting