RHS Chelsea Flower Show confirms return in May and announces 2022 theme

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 will return in-person for its traditional May slot for the first time since 2019. This year, there will be a wild focus to the event, with "blossoming hedgerows, lush woodland and wildflower meadows," giving the show "its most naturalistic feel in recent years," according to a release.

Last year, the Chelsea Flower Show took place in September after being postponed due to restrictions around the pandemic. The 2021 event kicked off on Monday 20 September with plenty of exciting gardens, Autumn plants and exhibits to see. In place of 2020's show, the RHS ran the first Virtual Chelsea Flower Show which has returned last year in addition to the Autumn event.

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Details of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 have now been announced. Here's everything we know so far about the date, location, tickets and gardens on display.

When is the Chelsea Flower Show 2022?

The 2022 show is returning to its usual slot in the Spring and will take place between 24 and 28 May 2022. The first official two days of the show, 24 and 25 May, will be reserved for RHS members only.

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Photo credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - Getty Images

What are the Chelsea Flower Show 2022 opening times

The show opens from 8am until 8pm on 24 to 27 May. It will then be open to visitors from 8am until 5.30pm on 28 May, which is the last day of the event.

Where is the Chelsea Flower Show 2022?

The Chelsea Flower Show takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. The nearest tube stop is Sloane Square, which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the show ground.

How much are Chelsea Flower Show tickets for 2022?

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Photo credit: Luke MacGregor

Tickets prices for members are from £35.85 and the cost for non-members start at £40.85.

How to get Chelsea Flower Show tickets for 2022

Chelsea Flower Show tickets for 2021 are currently available to buy online.

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Some tickets are only available to RHS members, who receive advance entry to the event.

How do I become an RHS member?

If you would like to become an RHS member ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show 2021, simply visit the RHS website to sign up now.

You can enjoy unlimited days out in the RHS' five gardens, exclusive access to shows and expert advice, while helping support its charitable work.

Individual membership currently costs from £49.75 per year if you pay by Direct Debit or £67 if not.

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Joint membership costs from £73.50 per year if you pay by Direct Debit, or £98 if not.

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What can I see at the Chelsea Garden Show 2022?

Much of the Chelsea Garden Show 2022 gardens have now been announced, as has the theme of this year's event.

According to a release, "Garden designers at the world’s most famous flower show are encouraging gardeners to embrace the wild and bring nature back, using native species rarely seen at RHS Chelsea to transform green spaces into wildlife-friendly havens."

It also tipped that Hawthorn will be the star of the show, featuring alongside "other woodland trees and shrubs including hazel, crab apple, weeping willow and hornbeam," plus, "wild plants such as nettles, cow parsley, poppies and nectar-rich buttercups will add to the pastel colour palette and continue the wildlife-friendly, naturalistic theme."

Below, we bring you snippets of some of the main gardens or you can see our full round-up of all the Chelsea Flower Show winners in our dedicated list of medalists.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: The Show Gardens

In 2020, the winner of the best show garden was the Guangzhou China: Guangzhou Garden designed by Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, which you can see details of below. These are all the gardens competing in the Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

  • Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station designed by Howard Miller and Hugh Miller

  • MEDITE SMARTPLY ‘Building the Future’ designed by Sarah Eberle

  • St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by Cityscapes (Darryl Moore & Adolfo Harrison)

  • Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes

  • The RNLI Garden designed by Chris Beardshaw Morris & Co. designed by Ruth Willmott

  • ‘The Meta Garden: Growing the Future’ designed by Joe Perkins

  • The Perennial Garden ‘With Love’, designed by Richard Miers

  • The New Blue Peter Garden - Discover Soil by designer Juliet Sargeant

  • The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden, reflecting on the Battle of Britain and designed by John Everiss

  • A Rewilding Britain Landscape by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt

  • The Mind Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon

2020 winner: Best in Show - Guangzhou China: Guangzhou Garden

Designed by Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, this garden "promotes the benefits of responsible city planning and landscape stewardship highlighting how the health and wellbeing of people and the natural world can be sustained through integrated environmental systems."

Peter told Good Housekeeping, "The main message in this garden is about...bringing people and nature together in the city, but also making it work for us. Everything in here is very sustainable, but very interrelated.

So the 'green lung' at the back of the garden is cleaning the air. There's the social heart section - the pollination garden with the wildlife, and the area called the 'blue kidney.' All those plants are purifying and cleaning the water."

In an exclusive video featured at the top of this article, Peter gives us a tour of the blue kidney section of his award-winning garden.

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Photo credit: Jack Taylor - Getty Images

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Sanctuary Gardens

These are all of the gardens and designers taking part in the Sanctuary Gardens category for the Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

  • The SSAFA Garden supported by CCLA and designed by Amanda Waring

  • A Swiss Sanctuary by Lilly Gomm

  • The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden designed by Jamie Butterworth

  • ZEN Garden designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki

  • Circle of Life by Yoshihiro Tamura

  • The Body Shop Garden designed by Jennifer Hirsch

  • A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons, designed by Tony Woods

  • Out of the Shadows designed by Kate Gould

  • The Boodles Travel Garden by designed Tom Hoblyn

  • Kingston Maurward The Space Within Garden by Michelle Brown

  • The Stitcher's Garden designed by Frederic Whyte

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: All About Plants Gardens

We know that there will be four new gardens this year called the All About Plants Gardens, but further details are yet to be announced. We will update information on the designers and designs as soon as it is revealed.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Balcony Gardens

Proving you don't need to have a large garden to grow beautiful plants and displays, the balcony garden category will see a range of competitors create compact showcases which don't require acres of space.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: House Plant Studio

The House Plant Studios showcase indoor plants, which have become increasingly popular not only for their style but also for their wellbeing benefits.

2021 was the first year houseplants were included at Chelsea and the very first winner was announced as N1 Garden Centre, with a house plant studio designed by Paul Holt.

Paul told Good Housekeeping that he wanted to embrace Autumn and inspire people to get creative with their houseplants.

He said he had created a display "to try and inspire people to not just necessarily have your rubber plant in your pot on your windowsill, but to do something a bit more with it. Bring some leaves in with some pumpkins or squashes and just try and make a feature of them, so that you're not getting bored.

"Swap the pots around a bit to display it differently. Levels are nice. Move them around your house and try rejuvenating."

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Container Gardens

Like the balcony gardens collection, container gardens will prove how beautiful displays can be cultivated even without solid ground to work with. Using pots of all shapes and sizes, the gardens will provide a modern take on horticultural which is more accessible to everyone.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: The Great Pavilion

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Photo credit: Barcroft Media - Getty Images

One of the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Great Pavilion was due to feature a new section called The RHS Potting Shed in 2020, which returned last year.

We know that for 2022 there will be a huge number of exhibitors present, with everyone from plant nurseries to city councils displaying. There will also be a huge range of tradestands available for purchasing all the best garden products.

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Plant of the Year competition

Each year, the Plant of the Year competition chooses one stand out plant of the year. To mark 10 years of the competition in 2020, the Chelsea Flower Show named its 'Plant of the Decade'.

The ten past Plant of the Year winners battled it out for the prestigious title in a people's choice vote, and one came out on top, the 2015 winner Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise ('Jww5').

Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Floristry and Floral Design Competition

The 2022 saw an exciting competition for florists in which competitors created either window displays or larger instalments around specific themes.

The overarching message of the competition was "Our World," which is broken down into categories such as "British Blooms" and "Preservation", for which displays will be portraying particular messages.

You can see our full guide to the RHS Chelsea Floristry and Floral Design competition where we share all the plans from the prospective designers taking part and reveal the winners.

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