The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is taking place the week commencing 21st September, the first time in 108 years the show has taken place in the Autumn so it will be interesting how this affects the garden displays.
The event was put back due to the Covid-19 restrictions but the RHS has been busy putting together virtual events so members and enthusiasts don’t miss out this summer on planting advice and celebrating gardening.
The decision to move the event rather than cancel was welcomed by the horticultural community, so we hope once the nation is vaccinated the event will go ahead.
Peter Beales Roses
One of the growers that has been displaying at the Chelsea Flower Show for many years has provided a virtual tour of their nursery in Norfolk. Winners of 26 gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden designers will be adapting their garden exhibits for the one of autumn show. Here is the proposed line up:
A Swiss Sanctuary by Lilly Gomm
Bible Society: The Psalm 23 Garden by Sarah Eberle
Bodmin Jail: 60° East – A Garden Between Continents by Ekaterina Zasukhina with Carly Kershaw
Finding Our Way: An NHS Tribute Garden by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen
Finnish Soul Garden – A Nordic Heritage Seaside Garden by Taina Suonio
Guangzhou China: Guangzhou Garden by Peter Chmiel with Chin-Jung Chen
Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary Garden by Tom Massey, supported by Sarah Mead
The Blue Diamond Forge Garden by The Blue Diamond Group Team
The Calm of Bangkok by Tawatchai Sakdikul and Ploytabtim Suksang
Within the noisy and busily city of Bangkok you will find an oasis of calm. This garden is a combination of the two with modern vibrant planting and calm simple spaces.
The Florence Nightingale Garden: A Celebration of Modern-Day Nursing by Robert Myers
The Yeo Valley Organic Garden by Tom Massey, supported by Sarah Mead
Trailfinders’ 50th Anniversary Garden by Jonathan Snow
The Chelsea Flower in the Autumn
For the first time in its 108-year history, the show will be held on 21 – 26 September rather than its usual May slot because of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of those working in the horticultural world welcomed the decision to move the world’s greatest flower show to a later date.
Helena Pettit, RHS Director Gardens and Shows said:
“Following the announcement we have been busy liaising with our show exhibitors and other stakeholders to see who is able to commit to the new autumn date and have been delighted by the initial response and willingness of those within the industry, ready and willing to rise to the challenge and adapt their plans to be part of the historic show.
“It was a difficult decision to make but the positive reaction we have had by so many has demonstrated that it was the right decision to make, we are lucky to work within such a supportive industry and want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is working to ensure the world’s most famous flower show can return this autumn. We look forward to sharing more details soon.”
The change in season for the show will alter the look and feel of many of our exhibits, with designers adapting their plans for the time of year.
Robert Myers, designer of The Florence Nightingale Garden; A Celebration of Modern Day Nursing, said he will need to work with his suppliers to adapt his design for the later timing of the show. But he said he was looking forward to seeing what the specialist growers will bring to the event.
“I’m also itching to see how my fellow designers will make use of the autumn plant palette in their show gardens. It is really exciting to be part of what is likely to be a rather unique and memorable ‘autumn Chelsea’ in the Show’s history. The whole atmosphere will be different, and I am thrilled that we’ll be contributing to that.”
Rob Evans, from Pheasant Acre Plants, welcomed the change and said the timing was the perfect opportunity to show off dahlias and gladioli during their natural flowering period.
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