Everything you need to know about the Chelsea Flower Show 2024

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 returns this week (21st to the 25th May) for the annual floral extravaganza.

With lots to see and do, the main shows and sanctuary gardens this year will showcase the future of horticulture through wonderful designs that embrace sustainability and celebrating joy outside.

We will also see the return of the All About Plants category, which will differently focus on all things flora, but with a creative twist. Think quirky fun designs packed with practical inspiration for any garden.

Not to forget balcony and container exhibitors that will showcase designers' fresh take on small gardening ideas and how to utilise your limited outdoor space.

However, the newest addition to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year is the No Adults Allowed Garden. For the first time in history, a garden designed by children will feature at Chelsea Flower Show this week. The RHS also announced that it will also for the first time have children judges, who will award one garden with the RHS Children's Choice Award this year.

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Want to know exactly what to expect from the Chelsea Flower Show this week? Here's everything you need to know about the location, dates, how to get last-minute tickets, the gardens on display and more.

When is the Chelsea Flower Show 2024?

The 2024 show will return during its traditional springtime slot between the 21st of May to the 25th May. The first two days of the show (21st and 22nd) will be reserved for RHS members only.

What are the Chelsea Flower Show 2024 opening times?

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Between Tuesday and Friday, the show opens from 8am and closes at 8pm. On the Friday, you can also attend the Chelsea Late event, which is between 5.30pm to 10pm.

On the last day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (Saturday), it will be open to visitors from 8am but will close early at 5.30pm.

Where is the Chelsea Flower Show 2024?

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 2024?

Tickets prices for members are from £37.85 and the cost for non-members start at £55.85.

How to get Chelsea Flower Show tickets for 2024?

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Chelsea Flower Show tickets for 2024 are available to buy online. Currently, there's still some day tickets available for the public on Thursday 23 May, Friday 24 May, and Saturday 25 May. The ticket starting price starts at £120.85 pp for all-day tickets.

However, there are also still some tickets available for RHS Members across the Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

You can also find tickets to other events including the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and more on the RHS website.


How do I become an RHS member?

If you would like to become an RHS member to enjoy the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at a cheaper price, simply visit the RHS website to sign up now.

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


You can also get a joint membership too. BUY HERE

What can I see at the Chelsea Garden Show 2024?

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The Chelsea Garden Show 2024 gardens have now been announced.

According to Gemma Lake, the Show Manager:

“RHS Chelsea Flower Show will return this year with standout show gardens, show stopping displays from expert growers, nurseries, and florists and plenty of shopping opportunities from a range of boutique tradestands.

"Each year, visitors can expect to see a range of different garden design and planting ideas from top designers and nurseries. Trends this year include edible food forests, naturalistic planting, flood resilient design and drought tolerant planting schemes.

"In the Great Pavilion, old favourites such as Raymond Evison Clematis and Peter Beales Roses return alongside some new faces in Tissington Nursery, Strete Gate Camellias, and Special Plants by Derry Watkins.

"New RHS features include the RHS No Adults Allowed Garden, the show’s first garden designed by children for children, RHS Britain in Bloom 60th Anniversary: The Friendship Garden, celebrating the relationships that form through community gardening, and the RHS x UBS A Day on the Nursery, a new walkthrough exhibit showcasing the skill of nursery growers and plant propagation.”

Don't miss:

  • The RHS Chelsea’s first ever garden designed by children for children, the RHS No Adults Allowed Garden, a fantasy-inspired landscape including a wetland with oversized bog plants.

  • The Monument, an exhibit in the Great Pavilion celebrating the stories of nurseries such as Tissington in the Peak District, which will show herbaceous perennials, and Strete Gate Camellias, which has a collection of more than 500 varieties. Jonathan Sheppard will show his two national collections of hollyhocks and cosmos and SpecialPlants by Derry Watkins will be exhibiting unusual plants from all over the world.

  • The garden designers returning this year: Ann-Marie Powell has designedThe Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with The National Trust, celebrating British wildlife, and Tom Stuart-Smith’s National Garden Scheme Garden will celebrate native British woodland.

  • The Roman Empire garden inspired by the recent reconstruction of a Roman villa on the estate of the show’s main sponsor, The Newt in Somerset.

  • The raised beds in Giulio Giorgi’s World Child Cancer’s Nurturing Garden, which use ‘keyhole gardening’ techniques popular in drier climates.

  • The Size of Wales Garden by Daniel Bristow, featuring 313 different plant species, to reflect the number of tree species present in just one hectare of tropical forest.

  • The Bridgerton themed garden, created by first-time Chelsea designer Holly Johnston and in collaboration with Netflix is set to be a show-stopper this year.

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: Children judge Show Gardens for the first time

The RHS announced at their spring conference on Monday, 29 April that for the first time children will take on the roles as judges at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Following the success of the inaugural Chelsea Children's Picnic last year, 72 children from nine London primary schools will participate as junior judges to determine the winner of the all-new RHS Children's Choice Award, with the winning garden unveiled on the opening day of the show.

After enjoying a picnic lunch all together, the judges will set off in groups to assess the 8 Show Gardens by each considering a list of questions such as whether the garden is good for playing, whether it's attractive to wildlife and how the garden makes them feel.

RHS' Director General, Clare Matterson said: “The decision to include children as judges at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show reflects our commitment to cultivating a lifelong passion for gardening."

"The RHS Children’s Choice Award champions the unique perspective of young people and highlights the importance of nurturing a connection between children and the natural world. As the world’s greatest gardening spectacle, RHS Chelsea is a feast for the senses, and I can’t wait to hear what our junior judges make of it.”

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: No Adults Allowed Garden

One of the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show this year will be the wonderful No Adults Allowed Garden, which is made by children from Sulivan Primary School in London. The RHS invited pupils from the school to work alongside designer Harry Holding and together they created the brief and design for the garden.

As a result, the RHS garden is a joyful journey through an amazing landscape where children can explore the magic of lush woodland, bountiful meadows and a wetland with heightened colour and oversized bog plants.

The garden finishes at a natural den, set within a pool of water. Sliding down into the water, this sunken, children-only space is a sanctuary where they can play, learn, and explore the natural world around them.

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: The Show Gardens

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These are all the gardens competing in the Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

  • St James’s Piccadilly. Imagine the World to be Different designed by Robert Myers

  • Stroke Association’s Garden for Recovery designed by Miria Harris

  • Muscular Dystrophy UK: Forest Bathing Garden designed by Ula Maria

  • The National Autistic Society Garden designed by Sophie Parmenter & Dido Milne

  • The National Garden Scheme Garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith

  • Terrence Higgins Trust Bridge to 2030 Garden designed by Matthew Childs

  • WaterAid Garden designed by Tom Massey and Je Ahn

  • The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust designed by Ann-Marie Powell with the Blue Diamond Team

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: Sanctuary Gardens

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These are all of the gardens and designers taking part in the Sanctuary Gardens category for the Chelsea Flower Show 2024:

  • The Boodles Garden designed by Catherine MacDonald

  • Flood Re: The Flood Resilient Gardendesigned by Naomi Slade & Ed Barsley

  • World Child Cancer’s Nurturing Garden designed by Giulio Giorgi

  • Burma Skincare Initiative Spirit of Partnership Garden designed by Helen Olney

  • MOROTO no IE designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara

  • The Freedom from Torture Garden: A Sanctuary for Survivors designed by John Warland & Emma O’Connell

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: All About Plants Gardens

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The All About Plants category focuses on unusual, specialist plants and the gardens are designed by up-and-coming designers.

  • Bowel Research UK Microbiome Garden by Sid Hill and Chris Hull

  • The Size of Wales Garden by Daniel Bristow

  • The Pulp Friction: Growing Skills Garden by Will Dutch & Tin-Tin Azure-Marxen

  • The Panathlon Joy Garden by Penelope Walker

  • Sue Ryder Grief Kind Garden by Katherine Holland

  • Planet Good Earth by Betongpark & Urban Organic

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: Balcony Gardens

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Proving you don't need to have a large garden to grow beautiful plants and displays, this year's balcony and container garden category are all designed by first time RHS Chelsea designers. Using pots of all shapes and sizes, the gardens will provide a modern take on horticultural which is more accessible to everyone.

The inspiration behind some of the designs this year include extreme weather, Mediterranean plants, sustainable gardening and more.

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: Floristry and Floral Design Competition

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The Floristry and Floral Design competition is where competitors create either window displays or larger instalments around specific themes.

Always taking place on the centre stage of the Great Pavillion, the Floristry and Floral Design competition is now a set feature of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Hubbards Florist's 'The Beauty of Recycling', Helen James Flowers' 'On the Verge' and Julie Pearson Floral Designer's 'A Botanical Spillage' were the gold medallists for 2023.

Chelsea Flower Show 2024: Plant of the Year competition

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Each year, experts choose one stand out plant of the year in the Plant of the Year competition.

Winners are selected by a panel of experts "to promote the continuing work of breeders and nurseries in producing improved and exciting new plants," according to the RHS, who run the event.

Taking the crown last year was the Agapanthus BLACK JACK (‘Dwaghyb02’), which was bred by De Wet Breeders, exhibited by Sparsholt College and supplied by Thompson & Morgan. It features large, black-purple striped flower heads and has "ten times more florets per flower head, providing a long flowering period," says the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

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