Chelsea Flower Show 2020 virtual line-up announced
This year Chelsea Flower Show is going digital. The RHS has announced highlights for the first virtual year
The RHS has announced highlights for the inaugural Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Chelsea is being streamed digitally this year, following the coronavirus pandemic social distancing guidelines.
Each day there will be a unique schedule of fresh videos and talks from gardening experts including Monty Don, Ramond Evison, Charlotte Harris, Ishihara Kazuyuki, Nikki Tibbles, Sarah Raven, Larry Walshe, Tom Massey, Andy Sturgeon and more.
Monday 18 May will be for RHS members only, and the online show will be opened by RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon, followed by RHS Vice President Alan Titchmarsh.
The day includes Monty Don on his morning routine, a celebrity floral designer demonstrating how to create a floral arrangement and clematis specialist Raymond Evison taking visitors behind the scenes of his Guernsey nursery.
Over the course of the week there will be summer gardening tips from Sarah Eberle, while Charlotte Harris will take viewers on a lockdown tour of some of London's public parks.
Japanese designer Ishihara Kazuyuki offers insight into his own garden at home in Japan, while Tom Massey will demonstrate how to create an organic, wildlife haven on a smaller scale.
As well as the tours and tutorials, there will be School Gardening Club, which will provide parents and children with activities with the help of experts including Lee Connelly and Jonathan Moseley. Potting bench demonstrations will also be run by the likes of Rosy Hary of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants.
The RHS Advisory team will be joined by special guests each day including Chris Beardshaw, Jo Thompson and Matthew Wilson, who will answer visitor's gardening questions each lunchtime.
Sue Biggs, director general of Chelsea Flower Show said: "In the absence of the world’s greatest flower show, at a time when gardening, growing plants and access to nature has never been so important, we are delighted to still be able to bring you some of the very best in horticulture.
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"The gardening world has come together to bring garden design and plant inspiration, breath-taking displays and horticultural knowledge to millions of homes so we can continue to inspire everyone to grow.’
Content for the show will be added each day and will remain all week. Monday 18 May is exclusive access to RHS members only. Head to RHS Chelsea for more.
Head to our Chelsea Flower Show hub page for all our coverage of the show.
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