Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Hampshire exhibitors never fail to impress at Chelsea Flower Show and with the 2020 show now a ‘virtual’ event we’ll be keeping an eye on what’s happening.

18 – 23 May

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

During show week

Every day you can enjoy new videos and inspirational articles from regular Chelsea exhibitors. There will be tours from well-known garden designers, florists and gardening personalities of their own private gardens as they share their top design tips, favourite planting combinations and gardening trends with virtual visitors.

Other features include:

  • Interactive lunchtime Q&A sessions with RHS Advisors joined by special guests
  • Behind-the-scenes tours from award-winning nurseries
  • A daily School Gardening Club with activities for families to grow plants and connect with nature

RHS Members Day is 18 May.

Vote for your favourites

You’ll have your chance to vote for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade, the RHS Chelsea Product of the Year and the BBC / RHS People’s Choice Garden of the Decade.

Garden of the Decade

Seven out of ten of the nominations had their show garden plants grown by Hampshire nursery Hortus Loci – gardens by Thomas Hoblyn, Chris Beardshaw, Matt Keightley and Mark Gregory.

Robin Wallis and Mark Straver of Hortus Loci with Matt Keightley, 2015

Nominations are:

2010 – The M&G Garden. Designer: Roger Platts
2011 – Irish Sky Garden. Designer: Diarmuid Gavin
2012 – The Arthritis Research UK Garden. Designer: Thomas Hoblyn
2013 – The Arthritis Research UK Garden. Designer: Chris Beardshaw
2014 – Hope on the Horizon. Designer Matt Keightley
2015 – Sentebale: Hope in Vulnerability. Designer Matt Keightley
2016 – God’s Own County: A Garden for Yorkshire. Designer: Matthew Wilson
2017 – The Morgan Stanley Garden. Designer: Chris Beardshaw
2018 – Welcome to Yorkshire Garden. Designer: Mark Gregory
2019 – Welcome to Yorkshire Garden. Designer: Mark Gregory

Results are on Sunday during the BBC coverage.

Plant of the Decade

Two plants in this category are connected to Hampshire:

Pip Bensley with Plant of the Year 2014, Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori (‘H20-2’)

2011 – Anemone WILD SWAN ‘Macane001. Exhibited by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
2014 – Hydrangea macrophylla MISS SAORI (‘H2002’). Exhibited by Hiller Nurseries

The Plant of the Decade was announced as Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ which was Plant of the Year in 2010.

Find out more on the RHS website

Product of the Decade

The Gaze Burvill Ltd – Meander3 is up for Product of the Decade. The three way seat is an unusual design and it’s made from beautiful oak wood. Voting opens on Tuesday and you can find out more on the RHS website.

BBC’s Chelsea TV coverage

Monty Don

You can still get your Chelsea fix on the TV by watching coverage on the BBC from Sunday 17 May as they celebrate the show with favourite presenters including Sophie Raworth, Joe Swift, Nicki Chapman and Monty Don.

RHS videos and inspiration articles

On Members Day (Monday), get practical advice on selecting perennials from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. See their talk on the RHS website.

As the show opens to the public (Tuesday), meet Chelsea Gold medal-winning designer Sarah Eberle, who gives inspiring design tips from her beautiful woodland garden. See her talk on the RHS website

On Friday, take a tour with designer Ann-Marie Powell as she shares a look around her Hampshire garden. See her talk on the RHS website

Garden designer Tom Massey talks with Sarah Mead, eldest daughter of Yeo Valley founders Roger and Mary Mead, about how to garden organically the Yeo Valley way. Hortus Loci grew the plants for the 2020 Yeo Valley garden and they were donated to NHS hospitals in London when the show was cancelled. See it on the RHS website.


The RHS and BBC1’s The One Show have joined forces to launch a competition to celebrate Virtual Chelsea. More information can be found on the RHS website