Chelsea Flower Show 2019

What To See at Chelsea Flower Show 2022

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This year's theme is wild plants and naturalistic spaces

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous and prestigious event of its kind. It has taken place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every year since 1913 – apart from gaps during the two World Wars, and in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, it’s returning for its traditional spring slot from 24 – 28 May, following last year’s one-off autumn event.

What To See at Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Chelsea Flower Show 2018

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In 2022, wild plants and naturalistic spaces will take centre stage. Garden designers will be encouraged to use plants that promote biodiversity, including wildlife-friendly hawthorn, hazel and woodland trees such as crab apple and sweet chestnut.

New designers on show this year include Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt, who will be using native British plants to display a naturally rewilded landscape following the re-introduction of beavers in south west England.

Other garden highlights will include Andy Sturgeon’s Mind Garden, designed to highlight the importance of connecting with each other through nature, featuring calm seating areas with a drifted plants backdrop. Elsewhere, the Meta Garden will explore the connection between plants and fungi in our woodland ecosystems, while The New Blue Peter Garden aims to stress the importance of soil in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Chelsea Flower Show 2019

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Award-winning gardener Sarah Eberle will be returning to the show with MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future, another naturalistic garden complete with a feature building constructed of carbon-negative products, home to damp-loving, rare and wild species native to Southern Ireland.

Biodiversity-rich spaces will continue to be championed in the Sanctuary Gardens. In A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons, designed by Tony Woods, rich, vibrant green woodland planting and an immersive tree canopy will create a feeling of connectedness with nature.

Chelsea Flower Show 2019

‘The Living Herbarium’ floral display by Gail Smith. Floristry. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

For the first time, the show is being sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, a country estate complete with a hotel, spectacular gardens and an abundance of wildlife.

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