The RHS has announced 15 must-see gardens for Chelsea Flower Show 2024. We always look forward to spring and the arrival of new buds with the promise of sunnier months ahead, but is there a better way to celebrate than taking part in the world's most prestigious flower show? RHS Chelsea is back with a bang in May, and it's guaranteed to be a fun-filled week that will reignite your horticultural imagination.
Gardens will be delivered by an incredible line-up of both established medal-winning designers, and fresh faces. RHS Chelsea veteran Tom Stuart-Smith returns with the National Garden Scheme Garden in celebration of the native British woodland, while designer Tom Massey and architect Je Ahn unite to tackle water management for the WaterAid Garden. Meanwhile, designer Catherine MacDonald will be creating a feast for the eyes with the Boodles Garden, using plants as paints to celebrate great works of art.
Sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, RHS Chelsea 2024 promises to be the most sustainable show yet. 'We are proving that great design and sustainability go hand in hand,' says show manager Gemma Lake.
Committed to harnessing the power of more sustainable gardening techniques, the Show will be created using low-impact materials and processes that reduce by-product waste. Every single garden on display will relocate post-Chelsea so that communities across the UK will benefit from a wonderful new communal garden.
As always, it will be jam packed full of masterful displays of the best the world has to offer in the way of garden design, which is sure to give you lots of new ideas for your outdoor space (recap all the fabulous gardens at RHS Chelsea 2023). It's also a chance to speak to the experts and become enlightened in recent horticultural scientific developments considering how gardens impact us and our communities. Of course, it's worth going alone for the abundant display of beautiful flowers overflowing with scent and colour.
When is Chelsea Flower Show 2024?
RHS Chelsea is returning to SW3 for five days, from 21st - 25th May 2024. Tickets to the globally renowned show are on sale now so don't miss your chance to be part of the unmissable week of bold garden design, beautiful floral displays and exclusive shopping.
Chelsea Flower Show 2024 tickets
You can buy tickets for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 via rhs.org.uk.
The first two days (21st and 22nd May) are reserved for RHS Members only. If you get an RHS membership, tickets are cheaper, plus you get lots of great benefits including unlimited entry to RHS gardens (with a guest) and over 200 partner gardens, discounted prices for gardening workshops and events, unlimited garden advice and access to a monthly magazine and the members' app.
Chelsea Flower Show Dates: 2024
• Monday 20th May: Press Day (restricted to members of the press, celebrities and the Royal Family)
• Tuesday 21st May: The show officially opens to RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
• Wednesday 22nd May: RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
• Thursday 23rd May: RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
• Friday 24th May: RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm, Chelsea Late event: 5.30pm – 10pm
• Saturday 25th May: RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm (typically on the last day, the plant sell-off begins at 4pm).
Running along Main Avenue, the Show Gardens exemplify the most remarkable horticultural offerings in the world of garden design and landscaping. They are the biggest gardens at the show, so expect to be totally bowled over by the garden designers' efforts to create dazzling and thought-provoking displays full of memorable details. There are eight Show Gardens for RHS Chelsea 2024.
St James’s Piccadilly: Imagine the World to be Different designed by Robert Myers
Stroke Association’s Garden for Recovery designed by Miria Harris
Muscular Dystrophy UK: Forest Bathing Garden designed by Ula Maria
The National Autistic Society Garden designed by Sophie Parmenter & Dido Milne
The National Garden Scheme Garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith
Terrence Higgins Trust Bridge to 2030 Garden designed by Matthew Childs
WaterAid Garden designed by Tom Massey and Je Ahn
The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust designed by Ann-Marie Powell with the Blue Diamond Team
The Sanctuary Gardens more closely reflect what we might see at home in our own back gardens, exploring both modern and more traditional garden concepts. The focus here is on the calming and uplifting benefits we can get from our very own private green spaces, so wellbeing themes are central here. There are seven Sanctuary Gardens at RHS Chelsea 2024.
The Boodles Garden designed by Catherine MacDonald
Flood Re: The Flood Resilient Garden designed by Naomi Slade & Ed Barsley
World Child Cancer’s Nurturing Garden designed by Giulio Giorgi
Burma Skincare Initiative Spirit of Partnership Garden designed by Helen Olney
The Wonderstruck Garden designed by Holly Johnston
MOROTO no IE designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara
The Freedom from Torture Garden: A Sanctuary for Survivors designed by John Warland & Emma O’Connell
Balcony and Container Gardens
The Balcony and Container Gardens provide much-needed inspiration to renters and urban dwellers, proving you don't need a big garden to do something bold and beautiful with your outdoor space. These creative and resourceful displays will be sure to spark the imagination of even those with the smallest balconies and terraces. Remember, every plant matters when it comes to supporting our fragile natural ecosystems, particularly in cities.
All About Plants
All About Plants was the first garden category that showcased in the Great Pavilion (joining the growers and nurseries). Here you will find small-scale garden displays that focus entirely on the significance of plants, highlighting the many unique ways in which they positively benefit us. It's an important reminder of why we must do everything we can to protect the natural world around us.
The Great Pavilion
The Great Pavilion is widely considered to be the crème de la crème of the RHS Chelsea show. Every year, the enormous white tent is packed full of exquisite spring flowers. Get ready to see unforgettable floral displays put together by the world's most distinguished growers and nurseries. Here you can also find educational exhibits that provide a fascinating insight into the most exciting recent discoveries in horticultural science.
Where is the Chelsea Flower Show held?
Chelsea Flower Show 2024 will be 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.
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Travelling to the Chelsea Flower Show
Buses: Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 360, 170, 44 and 452 stop closest to the showground. Alternatively, bus numbers 19, 22, 319 and C1 stop at Sloane Square.
Shuttle Bus: You can use the shuttle bus service from either Battersea Park or Victoria Station to RHS Chelsea.
Tube: Sloane Square tube station (District and Circle Lines) is just a 10-minute walk from the Chelsea Flower Show.
Train: The closest train station is London Victoria. Visit the National Rail website for information on rail services.
Cycling: You'll find cycle racks at Burton's Court Car Park, which is opposite the London Gate entrance (postcode SW3 4SR).
River: You can arrive by river with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to Cadogan Pier or Battersea Power Station. From the pier it is approximately a 15-minute walk to the Chelsea Flower Show.
Car: If you are driving to RHS Chelsea, public parking is available in Battersea Park but this must be pre-booked with your tickets. Please note, it is within the ULEZ Charging Zone. Battersea Park is approximately a 20-minute walk from the show. If you are parking at Battersea Park, use the postcode SW11 4BY for your Sat Nav. This will take you straight to the Rosary Gate entrance.
Chelsea on TV
If you're unable to make Chelsea Flower Show 2024, 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. Coverage takes place across BBC One and BBC Two.
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