The Chelsea Flower Show 2023 television coverage returns from Sunday 21st May on BBC One in celebration of the world-famous horticultural event.
Coverage of the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be a week-long programme of all the action from the showground in SW3, highlighting this year's garden designs and the innovation on display.
The BBC retains its position as the exclusive broadcaster of what is known as the most prestigious gardening event in the world. But if you won't be at RHS Chelsea in person this year (limited tickets are still available), tune in at home to enjoy the event virtually.
There will be special daily programming straight from the showground, with live commentary and advice from a team of experts.
With a mix of daytime and evening shows, the daytime coverage will be packed with practical take-home tips and advice on how to make the most of your garden, whether you're a beginner or seasoned gardener. There will also be lots of money-saving gardening ideas and seasonal solutions to ease the pressure on your wallet.
This year's themes are: inclusivity and promoting gardening for all, minimum effort for maximum reward, how to garden in an ever changing climate, and uncovering the value of gardening for our health and wellbeing.
'A key theme of this year's event will be making gardening cost-effective and accessible to all,' says Lindsay Bradbury, Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime. 'I hope we can encourage more people to don their gardening gloves and get the best value out of their outdoor space. Our daytime coverage will provide helpful tips on how you can stay thrifty while flexing your green fingers.'
Who is presenting?
Gardeners' World stars Monty Don and Joe Swift, journalist Sophie Raworth, RHS Chelsea regular Nicki Chapman and TV presenter Angellica Bell will lead Chelsea coverage throughout the week across BBC One and BBC Two.
There will be input and advice from Chelsea Flower Show's much-admired experts too. The confirmed line-up includes: Adam Frost, Rachel de Thame, Arit Anderson, Carol Klein, Mark Lane, Toby Buckland, James Wong, Nick Bailey and Frances Tophill. Plus, a new addition to the 2023 line-up is Gardeners' World presenter Sue Kent.
The team of expert presenters will provide daily up-to-date action from the showground, with a focus on the garden designers and Great Pavilion exhibitors, plus in depth analysis and take-home advice.
We'll also see guest appearances from Mary Berry, JJ Chalmers and Chris Bavin who will be sharing their passion for gardening and all things RHS Chelsea.
Chelsea Flower Show coverage will be exclusively shown across the BBC's two TV channels – BBC One and BBC Two.
If you're watching from home, the programming schedule for the week is as follows:
Sunday 21st May, 6-7pm, BBC One
The Sunday evening show will be a one-hour launch programme starting at 6pm with Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift. In the 'Countdown to Chelsea' they will be taking an exclusive first look at all the fabulous gardens and exhibits set to make headlines at this year's show.
Weekday afternoon show, starting Monday 22nd May - Friday 26 May, 3.45 - 4.30pm, BBC One
There will be two programmes capturing all of the buzz of the opening day, starting on BBC One at 3.45pm with Nicki Chapman and Angellica Bell. The duo will launch the weeklong daytime series, with each 45-minute episode featuring celebrity guests, live demos, a variety of exciting features and lots of take-home ideas.
Weekday evening show, starting Monday 22nd May – Saturday 27 May. 7.30pm on Monday and 8-9pm thereafter, BBC Two
Monty Don and Joe Swift will kick off the evening coverage on BBC Two. They'll meet the VIP guests, with Chelsea's team of experts reviewing the show-stopping gardens and magnificent floral exhibitions. Back again for another year due to popular demand, viewers can get involved from home with the 'Ask Monty & Joe' segment and submit questions, from general advice to tackling troubles they're facing in their garden.
Wednesday 24th May, 7-7.30pm, BBC Two
On Wednesday, Sophie and Joe return to launch the highly coveted BBC RHS People's Choice Award, as they run down the Show Gardens in contention for the annual public vote.
Friday 26th May, 7.30-8pm, BBC One
Sophie and Joe return to announce the winner of the People's Choice Award. Then switch over to BBC Two from 8-9pm where Monty and Joe continue the show with a look at the winning garden.
Sunday 28th May, 5.45-6.45pm, BBC One
And just like that, RHS Chelsea is over until next year. Sophie and Joe look back on all the best bits from the world-famous flower show in a 60-minute highlights show.
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