Key figures: Chelsea in numbers
It takes around 15 months to plan and around 8000 people to pull the show together – involved with building, catering and much more.
It takes a total of 25 days to build the show from scratch to the finished article.
But just 11 days to dismantle the entire show.
This year up to 142,000 visitors are expected to attend instead of the average number of 168,000 – this is due to reduced numbers as a result of the pandemic.
The show will run for 6 days instead of the usual 5 days this year to allow for social distancing
New categories for 2021 include:
5 Balcony Gardens
5 Houseplant Gardens
6 Houseplant Studios
Show Gardens: 6 gardens
Average number of plants: 4,370
Artisan Gardens: 2 gardens
Average number of plants: 3000
Sanctuary Gardens: 6 gardens
Average number of plants: 1,260
Balcony Gardens (unjudged) 5 gardens
Average number of plants: 160
Container Gardens (unjudged) 5 gardens
Average number of plants: 570
RHS Feature Gardens (unjudged) 3 gardens
Total of 27 gardens
There will be 350 horticultural exhibits from across the globe at the 11 acre site. These include:
Over 80 exhibits will feature at the Great Pavilion, including a new floristry competition and Discovery zone
A total of 14 Judges, 2 moderators and 2 skilled panel secretaries plus 4 trainee judges 25 hours to judge and assess all the gardens at the show
The Great Pavilion
Judging – 4 Moderators, 42 Judges, 8 skilled panel secretaries, 4 trainee judges and 2 observers 6 hours to juge and assess all the exhibitions in the Great Pavilion.
The Great Pavilion measures a total of 12,000m2, which is almost 3 acres and the average size of 3,230 British gardens.
The largest exhibit at the Great Pavilion this year is Bowdens Nursery, measuring 30m2.
In 2021, 18 new plants are being launched and entered into the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition.
It takes over 2000 plus staffing hours to deliver the catering during show week, which includes:
23,145 pints of Pimms
9,051 glasses for Fortnum & Mason champagne
13,828 cups of tea
28,500 cups of coffee
Katie is Editorial & Digital Assistant on Gardens Illustrated