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When is Chelsea Flower Show 2022?

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Photo credit: RHS/Luke MacGregor
Photo credit: RHS/Luke MacGregor

The autumn RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 might be over, but we don’t have to wait too long until Chelsea Flower Show 2022 because it will return to SW3 next May.

Whether you missed out on this year's show or you loved the historic autumn extravaganza (pumpkins, autumn harvest etc.,) so much that you want to plan ahead, then save these dates in your diary because Chelsea Flower Show returns from 24–28 May 2022.

The 2022 spring show will go back to five days, as opposed to six days for the 2021 show which was extended to manage visitor numbers as part of the RHS' covid-19 safety measures.

Of course, the 2021 show was originally set to go ahead in May but was postponed to September as a result of the pandemic; making it the first time in its 108-year history that RHS Chelsea took place in autumn.

Photo credit: RHS/Tim Sandall
Photo credit: RHS/Tim Sandall

What can we expect to see at Chelsea 2022?

As you can imagine, a lot of preparation goes into the world's most prestigious flower show each year and applications have already closed for garden designers to submit their design proposals for 2022. While it's too early for all the details, there will be Show Gardens and Sanctuary Gardens.

A Show Garden demonstrates the best of horticulture and excellence in garden design and innovative landscaping. Filling Main Avenue, these are the largest gardens at the show and it's the perfect opportunity for garden designers to create excitement and make a lasting impact.

Photo credit: RHS/Neil Hepworth
Photo credit: RHS/Neil Hepworth

Meanwhile, Sanctuary Gardens combine contemporary and traditional visions of the home garden, harnessing the healing power and serenity of nature. These gardens, located in a prominent position on Royal Hospital Way or Ranelagh Gardens, form spectacular real and conceptual gardens and offer the opportunity to create a space to inspire the gardener in all of us.

Photo credit: Brian Whar
Photo credit: Brian Whar

New for 2021 were Balcony Gardens and Container Gardens – we hope to see them back next year too!

You can also expect to see a return of glorious spring flowers and the most beautiful floral displays in the Great Pavilion, which is often referred to as the crown jewel of RHS Chelsea.

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Tickets are not yet on sale for 2022 but we'll let you know when they are. Usually several days are reserved for RHS Members only, so it's worth getting an RHS membership (plus tickets are slightly cheaper), and there are lots of other benefits too.

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Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images

Where is the Chelsea Flower Show located?

The Chelsea Flower Show is 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: London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR.

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