For the first time since World War II, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But fear not; the annual spring spectacle is going virtual.
The Royal Horticultural Society has announced that between 18 and 23 May, the Chelsea Flower Show will be available to view online though a series of virtual content – from garden tours to floristry displays – ‘to celebrate our great horticultural industry and gardening heritage’.
In an open letter regarding the new online venture, RHS director general Sue Biggs stated:
‘Two things have become very evident since these cancellations. The first is that so many, whether watching on the BBC or attending the show, whilst understanding this decision, feel such an immense hole in their lives and deep disappointment that RHS Chelsea will not take place this year.
‘The second is how many feel they need gardening in their life now more than ever before for their mental and physical wellbeing during this national emergency. This applies to everyone from those who are having to self-isolate to families planning, maybe for the first time, to grow their own food.’