Chelsea Flower Show 2023 returns next year in spring for another spectacular gardening event.
Sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is returning to SW3 over five days, from 23rd – 27th May 2023, for the world-famous show. While it’s too early for all the details, tickets are now on sale, and once again the prestigious horticultural event promises to be a jam-packed week with amazing garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and exclusive shopping.
There are bound to be some favourites returning next year. RHS Chelsea 2022 saw some incredible Show Gardens from designers including Sarah Eberle, Chris Beardshaw, Andy Sturgeon and Juliet Sargeant, who returned to Chelsea after winning a gold medal in 2016.
The 2022 show also welcomed new faces making their RHS Chelsea debut, from emerging talent such as London community gardener Tayshan Hayden-Smith, to established designers such as Richard Miers, and Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022: BBC Studios Our Green Planet and RHS Bee Garden designed by Joe Swift
Planet friendly gardening and health and wellbeing were two key themes across the gardens at the 2022 show, highlighting how sustainable practices can benefit the planet, and how the healing and restorative power of gardens and plants promotes positive mental health.
A key element of RHS Chelsea 2022 were the celebrations in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There were four installations commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, and the Queen – who had been a patron of the gardening charity since 1952 – visited the show to see it in person. This marked Her Majesty’s final appearance at the flower show.
The late Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8th September 2022 aged 96, visited the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2022
Two days (23rd and 24th May) are reserved for RHS Members only. If you get an RHS membership, tickets are cheaper, plus there are lots of other benefits, including being able to buy guests tickets to flower shows at member rates, unlimited expert gardening advice, and free entry to over 200 partner gardens.
Chelsea Flower Show 2022: The Meta Garden: Growing the Future, designed by Joe Perkins
Chelsea Flower Show 2023 dates, and opening & closing times
• Monday 22nd May: Press Day (restricted to members of the press, celebrities and the Royal Family)
• Tuesday 23rd May: RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
• Wednesday 24th May: RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
• Thursday 25th May: RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
• Friday 26th May: RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm, Chelsea Late: 5.30pm – 8pm
• Saturday 27th May: RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm (typically on the last day at 4pm, the plant sell-off begins).
Chelsea Flower Show 2023 location
The Chelsea Flower Show is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to the iconic Chelsea Pensioners who are retired soldiers of the British Army. Some 300 veterans live in the retirement and nursing home on site.
Address: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL.
Crowds of visitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 in September
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Chelsea Flower Show gardens
A lot of preparation goes into the world’s most prestigious flower show each year. Take a look at some of the garden categories:
A Show Garden demonstrates the best of horticulture and excellence in garden design and landscaping. These are the largest gardens at the show and it’s where garden designers create excitement with lots of wow factor, and make a lasting impact.
Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Morris and Co. Garden, designed by Ruth Willmott
Sanctuary Gardens combine contemporary and traditional visions of the home garden, all whilst harnessing the healing power and serenity of nature. These inspirational gardens are located in a prominent position on Royal Hospital Way or Ranelagh Gardens.
Balcony and Container Gardens
Balcony and Container Gardens dispel the myth that gardening is only for those with large outdoor areas or big budgets. It showcases how small spaces can be turned into a garden sanctuary, benefitting mental wellbeing, wildlife and the environment.
Chelsea Flower Show 2022: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are given a tour of The Cirrus Garden, designed by Jason Williams
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All About Plants
A new garden category, All About Plants, was the first ever garden category to feature in the Great Pavilion, joining the growers and nurseries. These small gardens celebrate the power of plants, highlighting the many ways in which plants can positively influence mental health, community, and industry.
The Great Pavilion
The Great Pavilion is often referred to as the crown jewel of RHS Chelsea – and we’d agree. Every year, the massive white tent is filled with glorious spring flowers and the most beautiful floral displays from the world’s finest growers and nurseries.
Alongside the flower displays there are also educational exhibits, highlighting the latest discoveries in horticultural science, championing the benefits of gardening, plus how it can combat climate change or improve mental wellbeing. There really is something for everyone.
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The Houseplant Studios showcase brilliant style ideas and practical tips focused on growing plants in interior spaces. These houseplant specialists highlight a variety of species, with previous designs ranging from an aerial indoor garden to a walk-in terrarium.
Chelsea on TV
And finally, if you’re unable to make Chelsea Flower Show 2023, there’s no need to miss out. The BBC and RHS’ exclusive broadcast partnership brings gardening inspiration from the RHS to millions of homes across the UK. BBC’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage takes place across BBC One and BBC Two, and programme information will be available the time.
16 great books for gardening and indoor plant inspiration
RHS How to Create your Garden: Ideas and Advice for Transforming your Outdoor Space
Adam Frost’s practical, no-nonsense approach will help you plan and build a garden that works for you. The Gardeners’ World presenter takes you step by step through the whole process, from simple garden design ideas to a full garden makeover.
Modern Container Gardening: How to Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere
Isabelle Palmer shows you how to make the most of every little space with a series of projects for small gardens, singular containers and window boxes, that can be completed in a day or weekend. Perfect for novice gardeners, Modern Container Gardening offers beautiful photography and clear step-by-step instructions.
National Trust School of Gardening: Practical Advice from the Experts
The National Trust employs over 500 gardeners with an extraordinary wealth of expertise. And now, in this in-depth guide, they pass on their wisdom and provide the answers any new and seasoned gardener is looking for. This book is intended to give you inspiration and confidence to make the most of your garden, without being overwhelmed with unnecessary technical detail.
Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month
Veg In One Bed explains how to build your bed and grow from seed, as well advice on planting, feeding, and harvesting. YouTube gardening star Huw Richards shows how to guarantee early success by starting off young plants on a windowsill and suggests what to grow in each part of the bed.
The Complete Gardener: A Practical, Imaginative Guide to Every Aspect of Gardening
Monty Don offers straightforward gardening advice in this book, revealing the secrets of growing vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs, while respecting the needs of the environment by gardening organically. You can also enjoy a tour of his Herefordshire garden, including his flower garden, herb garden, kitchen garden, and more.
RHS Practical House Plant Book
The Practical House Plant Book by the RHS contains a dozen step-by-step projects to help you assemble an eye-catching terrarium, create a floating kokedama ‘string garden’, or propagate succulents. Complete with 175 in-depth plant profiles, this is an essential practical guide for indoor gardeners.
Small Garden Style: A Design Guide for Outdoor Rooms and Containers
Ten Speed Pressamazon.co.uk
A small garden space – an urban patio, a tiny backyard, or even just a pot by your door – doesn’t have to sacrifice style. In Small Garden Style, garden designer Isa Hendry Eaton and lifestyle writer Jennifer Blaise Kramer show you how to use good design to create a joyful, elegant, and exciting yet compact outdoor living space.
Charles Dowding’s No Dig Gardening: From Weeds to Vegetables Easily and Quickly: Course 1
No Dig Gardenamazon.co.uk
Charles Dowding, innovator of no dig, teaches you everything you need to know about this method of organic gardening. With 19 chapters, you’ll learn how to use no dig on different soil types, recognise and massively reduce the different types of weeds, know the difference between soil and types of compost, and grow an abundance of vegetables using the no dig method.
In Bloom: Growing, harvesting and arranging flowers all year round
Get all the inspiration you need for planting cut flowers, and fill your home with colour and the gorgeous scent of the garden year-round with In Bloom. Clare Nolan reveals her secrets for growing a bountiful harvest as well as styling spectacular homegrown displays in this beautifully designed book.
RHS Complete Gardener’s Manual
The RHS’ Complete Gardener’s Manual will help you choose plants that will thrive in your space, design a border for year-round colour, grasp different pruning techniques, discover how to protect your veg patch from pests, and make the best compost.
Wildlife Gardening: For Everyone and Everything
Do you want to attract more bees, birds, frogs and hedgehogs into your garden? In Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything, Kate Bradbury teams up with the Wildlife Trusts and the RHS to help you discover how you can make your garden, balcony, doorstep or patio a haven for garden wildlife. You’ll find handy charts, practical projects and fact files.
My House Plant Changed My Life: Green wellbeing for the great indoors
Gardener and TV presenter David Domoney is a firm believer that indoor plants can make ‘a practical and emotional contribution to our wellbeing’. In this book, David explains the hard science behind the positive effect of the humble houseplant on wellness, and provides expert tips on how to keep your plants thriving, plus shares his top 50 life-enhancing houseplants.
RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design: Planning, Building and Planting Your Perfect Outdoor Space
If you’re looking for new garden ideas, the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design will guide you from planning to planting, such as choosing the correct materials for your structures and assessing your drainage, to laying patios, making ponds, and planting perennials.
How to Create an Eco Garden: The practical guide to sustainable and greener gardening
This planet-friendly book is filled with ideas for creating your own eco garden on any scale, from a small courtyard to a large garden or allotment. Discover organic techniques that improve biodiversity, learn the value of using recycled and reclaimed materials for landscaping, and take on simple projects such as making a pond and a wildlife hotel.
RHS Encyclopedia Of Plants and Flowers
Drawing on expert advice from the RHS, this best-selling reference book – organised by colour, size, and type, rather than as an A-Z directory – will help you select the right varieties for your outdoor space.
Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltdamazon.co.uk
Joyce and Ben Russell have devised 30 kitchen garden projects, devised to either extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. These projects transform your vegetable plot into somewhere more productive, more attractive and more secure.
Olivia Heath Executive Digital Editor, House Beautiful UKOlivia Heath is the Executive Digital Editor at House Beautiful UK where she’s busy uncovering tomorrow’s biggest home trends, all whilst delivering stylish room inspiration, small space solutions, easy garden ideas and house tours of the hottest properties on the market.