The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 takes place this week and is back in its May slot for its first spring, in-person event since 2019. Expect a wilder focus for the 2022 show with "blossoming hedgerows, lush woodland and wildflower meadows," giving the event "its most naturalistic feel in recent years," according to a release.
The Royal Horticultural Society have also confirmed the return of the Balcony and Container gardens which champion smaller outside spaces. Smaller inside spaces will also be showcased via the Houseplant Studios which will spotlight indoor plants and displays for a modern look at gardening. You can also expect exciting new talent to be showcasing for the first time in all three categories.
For 2019, the Chelsea Flower Show was an autumnal affair as it took place in September (this was due to postponements and 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 year before, the RHS ran the first Virtual Chelsea Flower Show which returned for 2021 as well as the Autumn event.
Now, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 is back to its traditional May slot and details have now been announced. Here's everything we know so far about the date, location, tickets and gardens on display, including some exclusive details from the designers themselves.
When is the Chelsea Flower Show 2022?
The 2022 show has returned to its traditional Springtime slot. This year, the show takes place between 24 and 28 May 2022. The first official two days of the show, 24 and 25 May, are reserved for RHS members only.
What are the Chelsea Flower Show 2022 opening times
Most days, the show opens from 8am and closes at 8pm, between the 24 and 27 May. On the last day of the event (28 May), it will also be open to visitors from 8am but will close early at 5.30pm.
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?
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.
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 to enjoy the Chelsea Flower Show, 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 £51.75 per year if you pay by Direct Debit or £69 if not.
Joint membership costs from £75.75 per year if you pay by Direct Debit, or £101 if not.
What can I see at the Chelsea Garden Show 2022?
The Chelsea Garden Show 2022 gardens were announced earlier this year, as along with the theme of the 2022 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 2021, 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.
Morris & Co. designed by Ruth Willmott
One of the Show Gardens this year is Morris & Co., from designer Ruth Willmott, which is inspired by the work of arts and crafts designer, William Morris. The space will showcase traditional craftmanship by including the work of stone masons, basket weavers, metal workers and more.
Speaking to Good Housekeeping, designer Ruth Willmott said she wanted, "the garden to feel romantic and naturalistic and give you a sense of being enveloped in beauty in a space shared with nature," in keeping with William Morris' own passion for English gardens.
She explained that, "The colour-palette will be joyfully Medieval and will feature blues, purples, earthy reds and apricot tones accented with whites and restful greens," adding that cottage garden favourites will be a focus of the display, such as, "Roses, Iris, Peonies, Dianthus, Geranium, Foxglove and soft velvety foliage Stachys byzantina."
Medite Smartply ‘Building the Future’ designed by Sarah Eberle
Also showcasing this year in the Show Gardens category is Sarah Eberle with her Medite Smartply 'Building the Future' display, which foregrounds sustainable structures and materials.
Sarah revealed to Good Housekeeping that "Picea omoriko (Serbian spruce), plus unusual woodland edge plants.," would be taking centre-stage in her design as well as "a five metre water fall" and "a tree on the roof" which she hopes will be "quite striking" and offer "the wow factor."
She also offered some words of wisdom to anyone looking to boost their own eco credentials in the garden. "Avoid plastics, herbicides and pesticides, try and minimise use of water and at long last build that composter!" says Sarah Eberle.
See the full list of other Show Gardens for 2022 here:
Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station designed by Howard Miller and Hugh Miller
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
‘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
2021 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.
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.
Out of the Shadows designed by Kate Gould
Kate Gould's garden, Out of the Shadows has been designed from a post-pandemic perspective, thinking about the ways people are using their gardens in the "new normal".
According to Kate, many of us are looking at ways to make our outside spaces more multifunctional, becoming a space for socialising as well as exercising. "That's a balance between your physical mental health and your mental mental health," she told Good Housekeeping.
Describing her garden design, Kate said, "There's a lot of bulky evergreen, it's possibly not your archetypal garden...I think it might look quite different from everybody else's. It's going to have some interesting lighting in it as well. And I think that's important because you people are working from home, they're looking at their gardens all day and they want it to take on a different feel at night."
The other Sanctuary Gardens for 2022 are:
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
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.
Jason Williams (aka Cloud Gardener UK) embraces self-taught experiments to create a colourful display of wildflowers and edible blooms, all designed to fit on his Manchester high-rise balcony.
The JAY DAY balcony garden from Alison Orellana Malouf and Su-Yeon Choi, on the other hand, shows how even the smallest of spaces can become sanctuary for birds.
Easy to grow edibles are the aim of both William Murray’s ‘The Potting Balcony’ and Ann Treneman’s ‘Wild Kitchen Garden’.
The Blue Garden by Tom Wilkes-Rios
We spoke to one balcony garden designer, Tom Wilkes-Rios to find out more about his display at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
"The focus of my garden is to show what is possible in a small space and to open people’s minds to the unexpected," he said.
Tom told us that he likes to use unexpected plants which aren't as familiar in the UK: "There is a wonderful selection of succulents and cacti that are taking advantage of the microclimates that one can encounter in London gardens. With these warmer conditions, we have the opportunity to use xeric planting that isn’t commonly used here but that can thrive in this situation."
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.
For 2022, there will be six houseplant specialists which will highlight a variety of indoor species at every level (including aerial displays), plus a walk-in terrarium.
Social Media vs Reality by the Aroid Attic
One of the six house plant displays this year is Social Media vs Reality from The Aroid Attic, in collaboration with Mo Bhula (aka The Botanical Archive). We spoke to The Aroid Attic's Charlotte Durrant to find out more about what we can expect.
"Our House Plant Studio is designed as a reflection of a houseplant enthusiasts living room," she said. "Our design will be a mix of ‘Social Media’ (the perfect leaves, rarer plants shared online and Ikea Greenhouse Cabinets) as well as the ‘Reality’ e.g., propagation, potting on and more common plant varieties."
The plants in their display include popular varieties you might recognise from social media like "velvet leaf Anthurium and variegated Cheese Plants" as well as rarer options, such as the "variegated Monstera adansonii and tropical Anthurium."
"There is such a huge variety of houseplants available at the moment," Charlotte told us. "I think the joy of a houseplant is that it provides green all year round even when it’s looking grey outside."
Houseplant Studios winner 2021
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.
This year, for Jane Porter and design duo, Tanya Wilson and Johanna Norlin, escapism is the aim of their container gardens, drawing inspiration from Scottish and Mediterranean vistas.
The Still Garden by Jane Porter
Jane Porter's container project this year puts the focus firmly on Scotland and she decided to "make it personal."
"This is the first Scottish garden at Chelsea in 17 years. For this reason it feels like quite a responsibility," she told Good Housekeeping. Her aim is to show how you can "evoke a place that you love through plants."
Speaking of the main features of her container garden, Jane said, "The native Rowan tree, Sorbus aucuparia, will stand at the rear of the garden. The other plants associated with Scotland are of course Heathers and Thistles and these will feature throughout."
Chelsea Flower Show 2022: 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, 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
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 2021 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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