A new national garden competition is to take place this May, to celebrate this year's Virtual Chelsea Flower Show.

The RHS and BBC's The One Show launched the competition, which encourages amateur gardeners throughout the nation to share images of their green spaces and growing at home efforts.

Middle Pond at Exbury Gardens
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The competition recognises the following categories: back garden, front garden, indoor garden, kids' corner garden.

One winner from each category will receive four tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 and an award commending their garden.

The competition is judged by presenter Alex Jones, Monty Don, James Alexander Sinclair and Sue Biggs, RHS director general.

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People enter the competition by heading to The One Show website and submitting one current picture of their garden in one of the four categories, along with 250 words on how the garden is helping them at the moment.

The competition opens at 7pm Friday 1 May 2020 and closes on midnight 18 May 2020. Under 18s need to ask a parent or guardian to enter on their behalf.

Alex Jones said “From window boxes and balconies to the more traditional outside space, I can’t wait to hear how growing and planting has been helping people get through this extraordinary time and am excited to see the results of everyone’s creative efforts.”

Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 18 to 23 May and will feature a host of coverage from across the horticultural and gardening world. Sign up to Gardens Illustrated's email daily digest of Virtual Chelsea Flower Show coverage here.


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London