Because you can’t visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in person this year, we’re bringing you our highlights from across social media. This year, the show has gone virtual! No show gardens have been planted, there is no Great Pavilion, due to Covid-19. Instead, designers, growers and presenters are sharing their knowledge and their own gardens online. You’ll find design tips, planting ideas, garden tours, ‘how to’ demonstrations, and question and answer sessions. Here are some of our highlights from the virtual show so far.
All week, we’re sharing photos of some of the best show gardens from previous RHS Chelsea Flower Shows, on Instagram. This romantic Mediterranean garden was designed by James Basson in 2015, and has us dreaming of summer holidays!
Do you have a favourite RHS Chelsea Flower Show show garden of all time? The vote to choose the garden of the decade has closed, but you can find out which garden has won the coveted RHS People’s Choice Garden of the Decade on Sunday 24 May, on BBC One.
Ever wondered what Her Majesty The Queen’s favourite flower is? Well now you can find out. The RHS is encouraging us all to share photos of our gardens and plants, using #MyChelseaGarden, and even the Royal Family have got involved.
Gardening isn’t just for us mere earthlings! Astronaut Tim Peake joined the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to talk about gardening in space, and whether the prospect of astronauts growing their own food is a real possibility. To find out the answer to this, and how Tim’s rocket seeds fared in space, listen again to his interview on Youtube.
Rachel de Thame has been filming from her beautiful home garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. She shares a shot of a dazzling tulip display, captured during a break in filming.
Designer Jo Thompson has four RHS Chelsea gold medals to her name. As she can’t create one of her stunning show gardens this year, she interviews hair stylist to the stars Sam McKnight, as he give us a tour of his own private garden.
The fabulous floristry was always a sight to behold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Floral designer Simon Lycett gives a demonstration on how to create a handheld bouquet of seasonal flowers that’s fit for The Queen.
Outdoor public spaces are more treasured than ever right now, and they were the inspiration for the show garden the Harris Bugg studio would have created for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here, they give a sneak peak of the design for their pocket park. We’re keeping our fingers crossed we’ll get to see the real thing in 2021.
BBC Radio Two DJ joins the virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show and shares photos from her own private garden.
A youthful Alan Titchmarsh interviews Andrew Fisher Tomlin on his show garden in 1996 – check out the smart waistcoat! It’s not just the show gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show that reflect the changing times, clearly the dress code has changed a little too.
Artist Iain Welch captures the spirit of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is his simple line and wash drawings.
Want to grow vegetables in a small garden? The Vegebag is designed to help you do just that, and has been awarded RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2020. “The current lockdown has unleashed a wave of passion across the country for all things gardening and particularly for growing fruit and vegetables, and after detailed debate and inspired by the mood of the nation the judges are delighted to announce that the Vegebag by Vegepod is this year’s winner,” said chair of judges Chris Harrop.
Clematis expert Raymond Evison shared a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at their Guernsey nursery, as part of today’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. RHS members can see this and discover some of Raymond Evison’s favourite clematis varieties.