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Chelsea Flower Show 2021: tickets, information, dates and what’s on

Everything you need to know about RHS Chelsea Flower Show tickets and more for 2021.

Get ready for an all-new RHS Chelsea Flower Show for 2021 as this year the event moves to a September slot for the very first time in its 108 year history.

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Usually taking place in May, the show was cancelled entirely for 2020 and replaced with a Virtual Chelsea Flower Show instead. This admirable stand-in was also deployed in 2021 with another Virtual event which took place this May.

The good news is that – yes – Chelsea is officially back for 2021 and promising to be a fresh, all-new event by virtue of its new September timing. All the information you’ll need is below, along with more information on where Chelsea Flower Show is, when it is and what you can expect from the flower show this year.

We’ll update this article with information as we have it, so keep this article bookmarked to make sure you don’t miss all the information on Chelsea Flower Show tickets, dates and more in the months leading up to the show.

And for more Chelsea Flower Show coverage as the show blooms head to our hub page, where you’ll find all the latest news.

But for now here’s everything you need to know about Chelsea 2021!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
A scene from the last live RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019.
© Georgi Mabee

Chelsea Flower Show tickets

Where is the Chelsea Flower Show?

It takes place at the Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR. The nearest tube station is Sloane Square, which is just a 15 minute ride from London Paddington.

When is Chelsea Flower Show?

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 September 2021.

How much are tickets to Chelsea Flower Show?

There are two members only days (where only RHS members can buy tickets and attend the show). These members only days are the first two days of the show: Tuesday 21 September and Wednesday 22 September.

Tickets for RHS members on these days are £94.75.

The show then becomes open for non members (and members too) from Thursday 23 September through to the shows last day, Sunday 26 September.

Tickets for the public on these days are £83.75, while RHS members can pay a reduced price of £66.75.

(You can find out more about RHS membership here.)

Where can I buy tickets to Chelsea Flower Show?

Tickets are available for members and the public right now from here.

Show guides can be bought for £12.25 including postage which will be mailed to you one week before the show.

What are the opening times for the Chelsea Flower Show?

This year the show is open from 8am to 8pm from Tuesday 21 September to Saturday 25 September. The final day, Sunday 26 September will be 8am to 5:30pm.

What will the Covid-19 restrictions be at Chelsea Flower Show?

In order to satisfy demand but keep on-the-day headcount lower, this year there is one extra day of Chelsea Flower Show on Sunday. So the show will run for six days in total.

Currently the organisers are not requiring proof of a negative Covid test for entry but are encouraging vistors to take a lateral flow test before attending in order to help keep everyone safe.

Other Covid safety measures include:

  • Socially distanced queueing systems at the entrance gates and at key points e.g. catering areas
  • Extra parking/park and ride
  • Changes to layouts and expertise in crowd management to avoid build up in popular areas
  • Regular exhibitor testing
  • Encouraging the use of face coverings in enclosed areas
  • Enhanced cleaning regime and waste disposal
  • Hand sanitiser available across the site
  • Cashless transactions where possible
  • Track and trace check-in as per the guidance during show week

Does my child need a ticket? And can I bring my dog?

While some RHS shows allow ticket holders to bring children under 16, this does not include Chelsea. Children under five are not permitted (and no prams, pushchairs or babes in arms) and children over five will require full price tickets.

And, sadly, dogs are not permitted.

Is there a preview day this year?

The two members days are often referred to as the ‘preview days’. This year that’s Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September. The Monday of show week is Press Day but is also when the Royal Family and garden-loving celebrities get to attend Chelsea. It’s also the day of the Charity Gala Preview, a very special event indeed for those who want a BIG treat. Ticket applications for this are via a ballot.

CAMFED Garden
The CAMFED Garden, which won gold at the last live Chelsea event in 2019
© Simon Bourne

What do I need on the day?

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?

There are three brand new garden categories this year:

There are five Balcony Gardens, each of which have filled their 5m wide by 2m deep spaces with a variety of different plants, at different heights. Many of them have found room for trees or shrubs that provide privacy, and for edible plants, grown at plucking height.

The three Houseplant Studios are three exhibitors who are filling their mocked-up rooms with an array of houseplant options for different conditions and effects.

And the Container Gardens Containers highlight the most practical way of growing plants with designers in this category mentored by Paul Hervey-Brooks.

What are the gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show?

There are six Show Gardens…

The Yeo Valley Organic Garden
The Yeo Valley Organic Garden

The Yeo Valley Organic Garden by Tom Massey and supported by Sarah Mead, will bring a slice of the Yeo Valley Farm in Somerset to SW3, inspiring visitors to adopt organic gardening practices and put nature first.

Trailfinders’ 50th Anniversary Garden by Jonathan Snow celebrates the origins of the company, which sold its first overland trips to Kathmandu in 1970, and is inspired by the landscape, culture and plants of the Himalayan foothills.

The Guangzhou Garden: Guangzhou China garden by Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen is a representation of a major Chinese city in garden form, drawing inspiration from the forested area of north Guangzhou to and wetlands to the south.

The M&G Garden by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg is an urban pocket park that connects people to nature while embracing the industrial elements found in cities.

The Florence Nightingale Garden: A Celebration of Modern-Day Nursing, designed by Robert Myers, shines a light on the critical role nurses play in modern-day healthcare whilst celebrating the remarkable legacy of Florence Nightingale and the importance of gardens for wellbeing and recovery.

Bodmin Jail: 60° East – A Garden Between Continents by Ekaterina Zasukhina with Carly Kershaw draws inspiration from foreign landscapes and explores the beauty of the Ural Mountain region in Russia.

And six Sanctuary Gardens…

Finnish Soul Garden – A Nordic Heritage Seaside Garden
Finnish Soul Garden – A Nordic Heritage Seaside Garden

Finnish Soul Garden – A Nordic Heritage Seaside Garden by Taina Suonio depicts a seaside garden intended to be used as a recreational facility by city dwellers.

The Boodles Secret Garden by Thomas Hoblyn is a journey into an enchanted sanctuary filled with beautiful, jewel-like plants.

The Bible Society: Psalm 23 Garden, by multi-award winning designer Sarah Eberle, aims to raise awareness of the increased need to introduce beautiful and restorative green spaces within our towns and cities.

Finding Our Way: An NHS Tribute Garden by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen is a tribute garden to the staff of the NHS that offers a space to reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Parsley Box Garden by Alan Williams is a contemporary kitchen garden that’s suitable for all generations.

The Calm of Bangkok Garden by Tawatchai Sakdikul and Ploytabtim Suksang Bangkok represents the spirit and frenetic energy of Bangkok and its calm simplicity.

Two Artisan Gardens…

Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary Garden
Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary Garden

The Guide Dogs’ 90th Anniversary Garden by Adam Woolcott and Jonathan Smith is a sensory garden, set in the 1930s, that reveals the journey from darkness to light that can be made by those who are paired with a guide dog.

The Blue Diamond Forge Garden by lead designer Alan Roper is a garden that celebrates the craft of blacksmithing and the National Trust’s historic Branscombe Forge.

And two Feature Gardens…

BBC One Show Garden Of Hope
BBC One Show Garden Of Hope

The BBC One Show and RHS Garden of Hope by Arit Anderson illustrates how gardening and growing plants provides hope and joy as we enjoy the fruits of our labour as our plants flourish and grow.

RHS COP26 Garden by Marie Louise-Agius demonstrates how gardens, plants and green spaces can play an integral part in protecting our planet and people and ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all.

Gardens Illustrated at Chelsea 

Of course, Gardens Illustrated will be there too. Come and see us at Stand EA430 on Eastern Avenue, where you can meet the team, enjoy an exclusive show subscription offer and browse our latest issue.

What else can you do at Chelsea Flower Show?

Besides the fabulous show gardens to explore, 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.

Then there are demos and announcements to attend such as the RHS Chelsea Sustainable Product of the Year and countless eateries for resting and refreshments including Raymond Blanc’s Jardin Blanc ‘Secret Garden’ restaurant and Gritchie, film director Guy Richie’s barbeque grill.

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