Chelsea Flower Show to go online

Gardening fans celebrate: the first ever virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show will take place this month

chelsea flower show grand pavilion
(Image credit: Chelsea Flower Show)

There may be no real life RHS Chelsea Flower Show taking place this month – much to the sadness of all fans of this annual blooming extravaganza – but that’s not stopping the organisers from bringing gardening joy to people across the world. 

You can still get your fix of gardening advice and planting inspiration from leading names from the world of horticulture – all from the comfort of your armchair. Because if we can’t go to Chelsea, Chelsea will come to us!

The RHS will be hosting the first ever ‘virtual’ Chelsea Flower Show on its website from 18th to 23rd May. 

Monday 18th May will be a special Members’ Day – with exclusive content for RHS members only – then from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd May, everyone will be able to enjoy the FREE gardening content that will be uploaded daily.

  • See all our garden ideas, advice and inspiration in one place

roses at Chelsea Flower Show

(Image credit: RHS Chelsea Flower Show)

Highlights of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show

Each morning a leading garden designer, florist or gardening personality will give an exclusive tour of their own private gardens as they share their top design tips, favourite planting combinations and gardening insights.

There will also be a wealth of gardening ideas and activities for the whole family to get involved in through the daily School Gardening Club. 

Chelsea flower show trailfinders garden

(Image credit: Future)

Behind the scenes at the nurseries that exhibit at Chelsea

If you’ve ever wondered how the nurseries that exhibit at Chelsea manage to grow their spectacular plants, now will be your chance to find out, as virtual visitors will get behind-the-scenes tours of their award-winning nurseries. 

Meanwhile, leading growers will share their growing techniques, tips and advice in daily potting bench demonstrations.

There will also be a chance to cast your vote on the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade, the RHS Chelsea Product of the Year and the BBC/RHS People’s Choice Garden of the Decade.

Visit virtual RHS Chelsea to find out more.

Rachel joined the Period Living team six years ago after freelancing on a range of titles covering everything from homes and gardens, history and arts to wildlife. As the magazines Content Editor, she still gets to enjoy all of these things handily packaged together (one way or another) in the pages of Period Living. She loves her Victorian home, but is wrestling with making its cracks, quirks and draughty bits work for a family home.