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Chelsea Flower Show tickets, dates and information

Discover everything you need to know about Chelsea Flower Show tickets and more for 2020



The RHS has announced that Chelsea Flower Show 2020 has been cancelled after the recent government advice on the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the full story here. 

But plans are afoot for a Virtual Chelsea Flower Show. Read the story here. 

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The full list of RHS shows that are being cancelled are: 

  • RHS London Spring Launch & Orchid Show, 7-8 April
  • RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, 17-18 April
  • RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17-19 April
  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7–10 May
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 19–23 May
  • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11–14 June
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show, 26-28 June (we will investigate if RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show can be moved into July)

Chelsea Flower Show 2020 is going to be a very different affair this year and while not all the information has been released, we’ll update this page as more information arrives. Here’s everything you need to know for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and in the future.


Chelsea Flower Show tickets now to members and non members via the website or by calling 0844 338 7501. In 2020, it will be a Virtual Chelsea Flower Show, so we’re pretty certain no tickets are required. The RHS is refunding ticket purchases. 

Chelsea Pensioner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 RHS / Luke MacGregor

Coronavirus news

The RHS has cancelled or postponed most of their flower shows for this year. RHS Chelsea is running as Virtual RHS Chelsea, over the same dates. Below is general information on the flower show. Read which shows are being postponed here. 

Where is Chelsea Flower Show?

It usually takes place at the Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea, London SW34SR.

When is Chelsea Flower Show this year? 

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 May 2020. Usually the days are open from 8am to 8pm Tuesday to Friday, while Saturday Chelsea is open from 8am to 5.30pm. This year the dates are the same for Virtual Chelsea.

Is there are preview day?

Yes, Cheslea Flower Show will still have a press day on the 18th. Usually this is when members of the royal family and celebrities attend Chelsea. But details are vague on what this will be like in 2020.

The CAMFED Garden, which won gold at Chelsea last year
© Simon Bourne

What do I need on the day? 

This year, you can turn up in anything from pyjamas to high heels! We’d love to see what you’re wearing for RHS Virtual Chelsea, so please share your fineries under the hashtag #VirtualChelseaFineries. Usually the answer to this is very dependent on the weather! Read our article on ten essentials for visiting the Chelsea Flower Show.

What’s new this year?

In the original line-up, there was a brand new category for 2020: Urban Gardens, which would have focused on gardens of limited, or ‘modest’ space. For a few example, head to our feature on some beautiful tiny urban gardens.  This will be postponed until 2021.

Do we know who will be doing what at Chelsea Flower Show? 

For Virtual Chelsea, the details are still in short supply. For an idea of what 2020s gardens may be like, head to our Chelsea Flower Show hub page.

What else can you do at Chelsea Flower Show?

Usually you can eat drink and be merry. There’s the Great Pavilion, which features growers from all over the world showcasing blooms, and in which you can buy the best gardening kit around along with plants for your own space. The Great Pavilion is also an opportunity to discover more about recent advances in the world of horticulture, including up-to-the-minute research. There’s restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and many opportunities to shop till you drop.

Other RHS Flower Shows in 2020

The RHS hopes that the below shows will still continue:

– RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 6-12 July
– RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 22–26 July
– RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show, 5 – 9 August
– RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show, 14 – 16 August
– RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show, 8– 13 September

NOTE: the below are all now cancelled or postponed.

This year there’s an early bird discount offer for the preview evening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

  • RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17–19 April
    The gardening season begins with the first major outdoor show, which celebrates its 15th anniversary.
  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7–10 May
    A festival celebrating all things spring, with the expert line-up of speakers still tbc.
  • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11–14 June
    RHS Members’ Day 11 June
    Chatsworth is one of the most beautiful venues for a flower show and this is the newest RHS show.
  • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 6–12 July. Preview Evening 6 July
    RHS Members’ Days 7 and 8 July
    In the height of summer, celebrate all things plants in the grounds of the palace.
  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 22–26 July
    RHS Members’ Day 22 July
    Championing youth in horticulture, new talent and design is at the heart of RHS Tatton Park.