RHS Chelsea Flower Show is usually a riot of colour, plants, inspiring gardens, royals and green-minded celebrities. And a perfect opportunity to look fabulous. This year, Chelsea will be different. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it won’t be held at Chelsea Hospital in London. Instead, it will be happening all across the country in your homes and on your screens, being broadcast from the RHS website and social media channels. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still look great.
As the week plays out, from press and members day on Monday 18 May through to the final day on Saturday 23 May, the Gardens Illustrated team will be wearing Chelsea fineries. We may be at home, but we’ll still look floral for Monty the cat or Alan the dog. And we think you should all do the same. So from Monday, #DressUpForChelsea. Put on those florals and sun hats, wear your diamante and flower crowns and get dressed up for whatever bit of Virtual Chelsea you’re going to experience.
Share a picture on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, tag in Gardens Illustrated and we’ll share. From flower-fuelled ties to floral pyjamas, we want to see what you’re wearing.
Need some inspiration? Here’s a few fabulous Chelsea outfits from over the years.
Lady Alice, we are not worthy
Lady Alice (l) and Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland pose on the Primrose Hall Peonies exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 © RHS/Luke MacGregor
Bring your own donkey optional
Joanna Lumley in the The Donkey Sanctuary: Donkeys Matter garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 RHS / Luke MacGregor
Queen Mary rocks birds and greenery
Chef Mary Berry, poses with model Columbine Leathart on the Cayeaux Iris exhibition at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 © RHS / Luke MacGregor
There’s a lot of style going on here, but yes please to Sol Campbell’s hat and Beverley Knight’s jumpsuit
Skin Deep Garden during press day at the the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 © RHS/Suzanne Plunkett
Floral, floral and more floral
A model poses at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017 © RHS / Hannah McKay
Make a political statement!
World champion free-diver Tanya Streeter at the Pearlfisher Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Streeter’s gown was made from plastic found on Brighton Beach and was made by students from the University of Brighton to highlight the threat of plastic waste to the oceans. © RHS/Suzanne Plunkett
A peony headdress? It is almost peony season…
Peony headdress by Kate Halfpenny on the Primrose Hall exhibit in 2017 RHS / Luke MacGregor
Subtle elegance from the Duchess of Cambridge
Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge at the RHS Chelsea Flower show 2017 © RHS / Hannah McKay
A snap pea dress? Yes please
Chef Jasmine Hemsley, wears Dolce & Gabbana’s Snap Pea dress as she poses in The Seedlip Garden, at the the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 © RHS/Suzanne Plunkett
A fairy, because, well, we can’t think of a reason why not
A Chelsea Pensioner chats with Janis Goodall, at the Perennial Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 © RHS/Suzanne Plunkett
Summer suit and sunglasses chic from Rob Brydon and Nick Frost
Rob Brydon and Nick Frost at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 © RHS/Suzanne Plunkett
Excellent all round suggestions from this stylish royal crowd
William and Catherine the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk with RHS Treasurer Sandy Muirhead and his wife left, and Haley Monckton at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 © Suzanne Plunkett/RHS
HRH The Queen: style icon
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth speaks with Ian Limmer on the Peter Beales Roases exhibition as she attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 © RHS/Luke MacGregor