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Visit the virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Female Chelsea Pensioners pose during Chelsea Flower Show

What’s the Idea?

Chelsea Flower Show 2020 is going online from 18-23 May. Don’t miss the leading designers, plant experts and practical gardening advice.

What’s the story

Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s largest flower show.

For the first time in history, Chelsea Flower Show is going virtual.

The RHS are working with friends and partners across the industry, to bring the very best of gardens, plants and products to our homes.

Highlights will include:

  • Daily videos from well-known gardening presenters and experts
  • Interactive lunchtime Q&A sessions with RHS Advisors and special guests
  • Behind-the-scenes tours from award-winning nurseries
  • Vote for your favourite plants, products and gardens
  • Daily School Gardening Club with activities for families to grow plants and connect with nature
  • The “My Chelsea Garden” competition that anyone can enter

Plus every day will showcase a different, world-leading garden designer, or florist,  or gardening personality.

They will present live from their own private gardens so we’ll get to sneak a peek at their plot.

This includes the BBC news reader Sophie Haworth who is hosting the Chelsea Flower Show from her own back garden;

And Gardener’s World presenter, Joe Swift, who will present from his East London house.

Plus right now the RHS has published a directory of 2020 exhibitors, so you can buy (rescue!) the plants that should have been in the show.

People should do this because…?

This world famous gardening event quickly sells out every year;

Starting ticket prices are around £42 which could be pricey for some;

This year (except for members day on 18 May) the show is open to anyone and everyone – online.

Katherine Potsides, Head of Shows Development at the RHS, explains:

‘It has become clear how many people feel they need gardening in their life right now, for both their mental and physical well-being…’ 

She continues:

‘There will be lots of advice and insight into how the experts grow and care for their plants,  with daily demonstrations that we hope will encourage everyone to get involved, plus interactive Q&A sessions with RHS advisers and special guests’.

Even if you don’t need any advice, you can still have a sneak peek around celebrity gardeners’ personal displays!

How do you do it?

To take part in the Virtual Chelsea Flower Show from 19 May, use this link here.

(This link will be active for free from 19 May).

Please note that Monday 18 May is Members Day and only members will have access to exclusive content.

To sign up to become a member and learn about the benefits you can click here.

How to enter the ‘My Chelsea’ Gardening competition:

  • The BBC will be covering the event on BB1 and BBC2;
  • The RHS and BBC1’s The One Show have joined forces to launch a competition to celebrate Virtual Chelsea;
  • They are asking you to share images of your green spaces – be it a balcony, window sill, front or back garden;
  • They’d also like to hear how plants are helping you through these challenging times;
  • The competition opens at 7pm Friday 1 May 2020 and closes at midnight Monday 18 May 2020;
  • To find out more information about the competition and how to win 4 tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 and a special RHS Award commending your garden click here.

‘I can’t wait to hear how growing and planting has been helping people get through this extraordinary time’, Katherine Patsies

For general RHS tips and advice you can visit here.

For RHS tips and advice for gardening with kids click here.

For information on ‘Kids Corner Gardens’, click here.

To help support various Chelsea nurseries you can buy some of their beautiful flowers online by clicking here.

For local garden centres that are delivering plants to people’s homes you can click here.

Image courtesy of:
  • Creator
    • Luke MacGregor
  • Copyright
    • © RHS
  • Credit Line
    • RHS / Luke MacGregor

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