Get ready for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for 2022 as this year the event moves back to its May slot after taking place in September last year for the very first time in its 108 year history.
The good news is that – yes – Chelsea Flower Show is officially back in its usual slot for 2022 and promising to be back to its full and blooming state. All the information you'll need is below, along with more information on where Chelsea Flower Show is, when it is, tickets 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.
But for now here's everything you need to know about Chelsea 2022!
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 24 to Saturday 28 May 2022.
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 24 May and Wednesday 25 May.
Tickets for RHS members on these days are from £45.85.
The show then becomes open for non members (and members too) from Thursday 26 May through to the shows last day, Saturday 28 May.
Tickets for the public on these days are from £40.85, while RHS members can pay a reduced price from £35.85.
(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 £14.50 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 24 May to Friday 27 May. The final day, Saturday 28 May will be 8am to 5:30pm.
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 24 and Wednesday 25 May. 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.
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 a few new aspects to the Chelsea Flower Show this year, including a brand new category.
All About Plants focuses on the positive powers of plants and is the first garden category to be on display inside the Great Pavilion. There will be four first time designers in this category.
There will be an overall focus throughout the show on native plants that benefit wildlife as well as wild plants such as nettles, cow parsley and poppies.
What are the gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show?
There are twelve Show Gardens…
- Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station designed by Howard Miller and Hugh Miller
- MEDITE SMARTPLY ‘Building the Future’ designed by Sarah Eberle
- St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by Cityscapes (Darryl Moore & Adolfo Harrison)
- Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes
- The RNLI Garden designed by Chris Beardshaw
- Morris & Co. designed by Ruth Wilmott
- ‘The Meta Garden: Growing the Future’ designed by Joe Perkins
- The Perennial Garden ‘With Love’, designed by Richard Miers
- The New Blue Peter Garden - Discover Soil by designer Juliet Sargeant
- The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden, reflecting on the Battle of Britain and designed by John Everiss
- A Rewilding Britain Landscape by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt
- The Mind Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon
And eleven Sanctuary Gardens…
- The SSAFA Garden supported by CCLA and designed by Amanda Waring
- A Swiss Sanctuary by Lilly Gomm
- The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden designed by Jamie Butterworth
- ZEN Garden designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki
- Circle of Life by Yoshihiro Tamura
- The Body Shop Garden designed by Jennifer Hirsch
- A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons, designed by Tony Woods
- Out of the Shadows designed by Kate Gould
- The Boodles Travel Garden by designed Tom Hoblyn
- Kingston Maurward The Space Within Garden by Michelle Brown
- The Stitcher's Garden designed by Frederic Whyte
- A Textile Garden for Fashion Revolution, designed by Lottie Delamain
- The Core Arts Front Garden Revolution, designed by Andy Smith-Williams
- The Mothers for Mothers Garden: 'This too shall pass', designed by Pollyanna Wilkinson
- The Wilderness Foundation UK Garden, designed by Charlie Hawkes
Gardens Illustrated at Chelsea
Of course, Gardens Illustrated will be there too. Come and see us at our stand 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.
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