The Chelsea Flower Show is back this month–taking place in May for the first time since 2019.
In 2020, the annual Royal Horticultural Society event went virtual due to Covid restrictions, while the 2021 event was held in September instead.
And gardening fans are sure to be delighted with what the show has to offer this year.
The Chelsea Flower Show will feature show gardens which “provide a slice of gardening theatre” while the sanctuary gardens “embrace the benefits of gardens on wellbeing.”
The Great Pavillion will be filled with impressive floral displays, while the Houseplant Studios will return to Ranelagh Gardens to offer visitors house plant inspiration.
Furthermore, the latest discoveries in horticultural science will be exhibited in the Discovery Zone, and there will be trade stands for visitors to purchase gardening products.
Find out everything you need to know about attending the Chelsea Flower Show below.
Where is the Chelsea Flower Show?
The Chelsea Flower Show is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The address is London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR.
Sloane Square tube station, which is on the District and Circle Lines, is 10-minute walk away. There will also be shuttle buses from Battersea Park and Victoria Station.
When is the Chelsea Flower Show 2022?
The Chelsea Flower Show will be open to RHS members on May 24-25 from 8am until 8pm.
The show will then be open to the public on May 26-27 from 8am until 8pm, and on May 28, from 8am until 5.30pm. There will also be a late event on May 27, from 5.30pm until 10pm.
Behind the scenes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
How to buy Chelsea Flower Show tickets and prices
All member tickets are currently sold out, but there are some public tickets left, at the time of writing.
All day tickets (8am until 8pm) for May 27 are available for £85.85 and all day tickets (8am until 5.30pm) are available for May 28, also for £85.85. Ticket prices will increase from May 5.
There are show and hotel packages still available from £521.20 for members and £555.20 for members of the public.
Tips for Chelsea Flower Show first-timers
If it’s your first time attending, comfortable shoes are a must, check the weather before and come prepared, it’s easy to get caught out by the sun (or the rain!). There is a great selection of food at the show, but if you’re keeping an eye on the pennies, a picnic might be better value for money.
If you want to see the whole show you really need the full day ticket.
Gold Medal winning gardens naturally attract the most attention, to avoid the crowds, the best time to see these is first thing, at lunch time, or early evening as the crowds begin to dwindle. Unfortunately, unlike the TV gardeners, you won’t be able to cross the rope and enter the gardens. With around 30,000 visitors a day, there wouldn’t be a lot left.
Saturday, the final day of the show, is not quite like the other days of the show. At the ring of a bell, normally around 4pm, garden designers and exhibiting nurseries are permitted to sell off plants. The spectacle is quite something to behold as displays that have in some cases been years in the making are dismantled in a matter of minutes to smug ticket holders. Unlike other garden shows, you can’t normally buy plants at Chelsea.
Members of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), get exclusive access to the show on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the show opening to the general public on Thursday onwards.