Following the cancellation of the Chelsea Flower Show in 2020, RHS has now announced the 2021 event will be moved from May until September.
Director general Sue Biggs said: "Whilst we are sad to have had to delay RHS Chelsea and are sorry for the disruption this will cause, we are excited that we are still planning to bring the world's best-loved gardening event to the nation at a time when more people are gardening more than ever.
"We know that the autumn dates may not be suitable for everyone, but with our fantastic industry partners we will do everything we can to support them and create a show that will be a moment in history," she added.
Previously, it had been announced that The RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsored by M&G would return in May 2021 with many new precautions to protect everyone at the show, including socially distanced queuing, extra car parking, increased cleaning and waste disposal, and masks in indoor areas.
For the first time in its history, the Chelsea Flower Show was set to run for six days in May, with a reduced number of visitors each day.
Speaking about the plans in 2020, Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: "We plan our Shows 18 months in advance and have been planning and researching how to open the 2021 RHS Chelsea safely and securely for our visitors, partners and exhibitors since April this year. We have taken the time to get all our plans finalised and will now be consulting with exhibitors and supporting them further due to the changes we have had to make.
"As the world’s most famous gardening event, RHS Chelsea is vital for the horticultural industry, as well as having a huge impact on inspiring people to garden and grow, which is so important for everyone’s health and for the environment.
"Whilst we continue to live in uncertain times and May is a long way off, we believe these measures will mean we can safely run the Show, although we will of course be ready to react to any Government advice and if we sadly need to, will offer anyone who has booked a ticket a full refund."
Here's everything we know about the show so far...
When is the Chelsea Flower Show 2021?
Thw 2021 show, which would have taken place between 18 and 23 May, has been moved to run from 21 to 26 September at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
In addition to the new autumn show, the RHS will hold its Virtual Chelsea Flower Show online, during the May show week.
Due to increased social distancing measures and a reduction in the amount of visitors the show can accommodate at any one time, RHS has decided to run the show for an extra day in 2021.
For the first time in its 108 year history, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will run for six days.
Information on Chelsea Flower Show opening times for 2021 is yet to be announced.
In previous years, the show opened from 8am until 8pm Tuesday to Friday and from 8am until 5.30pm on Saturday
Where is it?
The Chelsea Flower Show takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Nearest tube stop is Sloane Square, which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the showground.
How much does it cost?
Tickets prices vary depending on membership, but in previous years prices have ranged from £31.75 to £92.75.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets were already on sale for the May show, if you hold those tickets, please wait for RHS Chelsea to contact you in regard next steps. As of 27 January 2021, RHS is suggesting people should check back in a few days to buy September show tickets.
This year, the show will see 140,000 visitors across six days, compared to 168,500 across five days in 2019. This is due to a reduced number of tickets available per day, ensuring the show can run safely and adhere to government guidelines surrounding social distancing.
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' four four gardens, exclusive access to shows and expert advice, while helping support its charitable work.
Individual membership currently costs from £48.75 per year if you pay by Direct Debit or £65 if not.
Joint membership costs from £71.25 per year if you pay by Direct Debit, or £95 if not.
What safety measures will be in place?
The RHS has already announced a number of safety measures that will be implemented throughout the Chelsea Flower Show in 2021.
These measures include:
Socially Distanced Queuing
Extra Parking/park and ride
Crowd modelling and increased circulation and space changes to spread popular areas
Enhanced cleaning and waste disposal
Cashless transactions where possible
Increased monitoring to ensure safe distancing amongst visitors
Masks in indoor areas
Flexible ticket exchange for ticket holder experiencing symptoms
Track and trace check-in as per the guidance during show week
There will also be a reduction in the number of closed seated restaurants open. Any restaurants that are open will have spaced seating and table service.
Helena Pettit, Director of RHS Shows and Gardens said: "We’ve consulted with the emergency services and all safety stakeholders involved with Chelsea Flower Show and everyone is confident in our plans and happy with the work we have done. Alongside the additional Covid Safety measures, in-ground daily numbers will be reduced and we are pleased to have been able to add an extra day.
"We are looking forward to working with our exhibitors and contractors to welcome visitors to the Show next year and bringing the world’s greatest gardening event back."
What can I see there?
The RHS is yet to announce what we can expect to see at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2021, so watch this space!
In 2020, the RHS announced Chelsea Flower show would be divided up into sections including the Show Gardens, the Artisan Gardens which showcase modest-sized gardens using special materials and the Urban Gardens, a category which focuses on smaller spaces.
The Show Gardens
In 2019, the winner of the best show garden was The M&G garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon.
The Artisan Gardens
The Artisan Gardens are smaller than the Main Avenue show gardens.
In 2019, the Green Switch Garden by Kazuyuki Ishihara, a Japanese-style structure, won the Gold medal.
Urban Gardens was a new category launched for Chelsea 2020, replacing the Space to Grow category.
According to the RHS, the Urban Garden category would: "demonstrate how a modest space can be transformed into a captivating garden."
The Great Pavilion
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.
Plant of the Year competition
To mark 10 years of the Plant of the Year competition, in 2020 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.
Taking that top spot was 2015 winner Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise ('Jww5').
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