It’s the highlight of the gardening year, and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens its gates to the press for a special preview day on Monday 21 May 2018. The Which? Gardening Facebook Group team will be there to bring you all the best plants and show gardens.
After a smaller show last year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back in 2018 with a full complement of gardens. There will be 10 large show gardens, eight ‘Artisan’ gardens, and 10 new ‘Space to Grow’ gardens. These will focus on ideas that anyone can use in their own gardens, no matter how small they may be.
There will also be a RHS ‘Feel Good’ garden designed by Matt Keightley. It should give visitors a taste of Keightley’s new ‘Health and Wellbeing’ garden, which is scheduled to open at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in 2020.
We’ll be posting photos and videos of the show gardens on the Which? Gardening Facebook Group and sharing great ideas from them that you could try in your own garden.
Plants in The Great Pavilion
There will be more than 90 of the best plant nurseries, growers and florists exhibiting their plants in The Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. There will also be a garden inside, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. The garden is for the Garfield Weston Foundation, which has donated £5m to renovate the walled garden at the new RHS Bridgewater Garden in Salford, Manchester, which is set to open in 2019.
One of the highlights of The Great Pavilion for plant-lovers will be the exhibit of hellebores from Ashwood Nurseries, which has kept plants in a freezer to hold back their natural flowering time so they’re at their peak at Chelsea.
We’ll be sharing photos and videos of the best plants from RHS Chelsea on the Which? Gardening Facebook Group, including new plant varieties due to be launched at the show, such as clematis and roses.
How to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is open to RHS members only on 22 and 23 May and to the public on 24, 25 and 26 May. There is now limited availability for tickets, so if you want to go, buy your tickets as soon as you can. You can get them on the RHS website. Alternatively, you can see the show from the comfort of your sofa with TV coverage from the BBC running through the week.