Chelsea Flower Show 2012

For five days in May the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, will be transformed into the spectacular gardens and floral displays that make up the world’s most famous flower show. Renowned as the “catwalk of the gardening world”

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is the first event of the summer social season, presenting the best examples of horticultural excellence and setting the latest gardening trends.

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May 2012,
The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3
22–23 May: RHS members only
24–26 May: RHS members and non-members

22–25 May: 8am–8pm
26 May: 8am–5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

To buy tickets: 0844 338 0338 www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
Ticket prices range from £16 – £55 for RHS members, £22 – £49 for non-members

All tickets must be bought in advance

For five days in May the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, will be transformed into the spectacular gardens and floral displays that make up the world’s most famous flower show. Renowned as the “catwalk of the gardening world”, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is the first event of the summer social season, presenting the best examples of horticultural excellence and setting the latest gardening trends.

2012 is an exciting year for the flower show with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the build-up to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show centenary in 2013. This year, the show will feature some of the finest designers including Andy Sturgeon designing for M&G Investments, Cleve West for Brewin Dolphin and Joe Swift for Homebase. The spectacular Great Pavilion will be filled with displays of perfect plants and flowers by some of the best growers from the UK and around the world.

New for 2012 is Fresh, a category which challenges designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that are experimental and less conventional in design than traditional Chelsea Flower Show gardens. Designers in this category will be under fewer constraints than in other garden categories, which means Fresh is sure to become an unmissable part of the show this year.

Also new for 2012 is RHS Environment, which replaces Continuous Learning and supports the RHS commitment to improving the environment through gardening. Exhibits in RHS Environment will centre round the subject of urban greening and will be of scientific or educational interest. Themes will include community, water management and harnessing the power of plants to help reduce energy usage and heating costs.

The Artisan Garden category, which was introduced in 2011, returns for a second year with designers making the most of natural, sustainably resourced materials and using traditional craftsmanship to create stylish designs.

In addition, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show boasts displays of floral design from some of the UK’s best florists and floral arrangers as well as scientific and educational displays. Throughout the show, RHS experts are on hand to answer any gardening questions.

Not only does it represent the pinnacle of horticultural excellence, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is also a great day out. A host of restaurants, bars and cafés provide the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy refreshment in one of the most extraordinary venues around.

There are also plenty of shopping opportunities, with some of the newest and most innovative gardening products, not to mention a wide range of beautiful accessories to decorate any garden, large or small.