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The date for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

Published: October 14, 2021 at 12:01 am

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is back in May 2022 and The Newt country estate in Somerset will be its new headline sponsor.

When is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022?

It's official. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 will be returning to May – from the 24th to the 28th May – in 2022, back to its usual spring slot after its September diversion for 2021. Tickets are on sale now to RHS Members, ahead of the public release on Monday 18 October.


All in all, great news for garden lovers everywhere.

More surprising is the news that the headline sponsor for the show will be [drum roll…] The Newt , the country estate, hotel, restaurant, spa and more, in Somerset.

And the deal is sealed with The Newt to sponsor the show for the next four years – so expect to see a Newt/Chelsea partnership right through to 2025 at least.

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The team at The Newt are no strangers to perfect gardens

After years of corporate sponsorship (i.e. the preceding eight events being presented via savings and investment giants M&G) The Newt is a surprising but wholly comfortable fit.

The garden estate owned by South African businessman Koos Bekker and his wife Karen Roos – who bought the Grade I-Iisted 17th-century house set on the Emily Estate from the Hobhouse family in 2013 – has undergone multi-million pound makeovers to buildings and grounds to become a world class, gardening, sustainable agriculture and artisan production hotspot.

Having their brand atop the most prestigious gardening event in the world would, therefore, appear to be the icing on their particularly delicious cake.

The Newt has already been offering packages to whisk guests at their hotel to the show and back in abject luxury so their Chelsea synergy is already strong. Expect similar, even more seamlessly implemented offers and packages from their team-up on the way.

The first of which being that The Newt has become an RHS Partner Garden as part of the deal and as such will be giving RHS members free access to the historic gardens during RHS Chelsea Flower Show week.

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RHS members can now also wander The Newt's gardens for free during Chelsea week.

However – in a break from tradition – there are no plans for the team at The Newt to create a Show Garden at the show itself. But future Chelseas? Who knows.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General says: “We are thrilled to be partnering with The Newt in Somerset because first and foremost, being a magnificent garden estate, they share our passion for horticulture and the enormous difference it can make. As our headline sponsor for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, they will gain unique brand exposure whilst helping support our work to inspire millions of people to grow and connect with nature through gardening.”

Edward Workman, Chief Executive Officer, The Newt in Somerset says: “We are great admirers of the RHS. We want to support the RHS and hopefully this sponsorship will strengthen them.”

Where can I get tickets to RHS Flower Shows 2022?

And it's not just Chelsea tickets that are on sale to RHS members. Here are all the dates for all of 2022's RHS shows announced today:

  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 5-8 May
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 24-28 May (RHS Members Days – 24 & 25 May)
  • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 4-9 July (RHS Members Days – 5&6 July, After Hours 8 July)
  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 20-24 July (RHS Members Day 20 July)

For further information about any of the 2022 RHS Flower Shows and full ticket-purchasing information, visit


For more information on The Newt head to


Daniel GriffithsDigital Editor

Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.


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