Chelsea Flower Show
22nd–26th May 2018
In May, London will once again welcome the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year, there will be some of the old favourites but there will be a greater focus on environmental challenges and how these relate to us on an individual and global level. There will also be some new evening entertainment as Ranelagh Gardens will remain open for live music and entertainment!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show highlights
- Returning favourites and debut designers unite on Main Avenue with gardens from Sarah Price, Jo Thompson, Chris Beardshaw and new talent including Tom Massey and Jonathan Snow
- Gardens inspired by tradition, romance, environmental challenges, eco-cities, forced migration, the humble pea and Indian cricket
- NEW Space to Grow gardens offering take home ideas and messages to replace former Fresh garden category
- Over 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists will stimulate the senses in the Great Pavilion
- For the first time on Friday 25 May Ranelagh Gardens will remain open to the public until late for an evening of live music, entertainment and more!
Date: Tuesday 22 - Saturday 26 May 2018 (Press Day 21 May)
22 - 23 May RHS members only
24 - 26 May RHS members and non-members
Time: 22 - 25 May 8am-8pm
26 May 8am - 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London
Show Garden Highlights
This year 10 Show Gardens will fill Main Avenue where tradition and romance will contrast with contemporary and urban design.
Multi-award winning designer Sarah Price returns after a five year absence for show sponsor M&G Investments with a romanticised Mediterranean haven that celebrates the expressive and sensual language of colour and texture, light and shadow. The garden is primarily made up of water, planting and earth, demonstrating how simple, sustainable materials can create a rich atmosphere and unforgettable space.
Debut Chelsea designer Tom Massey presents The Lemon Tree Trust Garden, a communal garden designed for a community of refugees displaced in Domiz camp in Northern Iraq, where such gardens bring a sense of normality, wellbeing, peace and civility to broken lives. The garden is inspired by the resiliency and determination of people in situations of forced migration and displacement and their dedication to create beautiful gardens in the most harsh of living conditions.
By 2030 the World Health Organization is predicting that 60.3% of the population will live in cities. With this in mind returning designer Hay Hwang has created a futuristic ‘Eco-City’ Garden with LG Electronics. The garden is intended for a modern city tower block where each unit has a garden, reimagining the concept of vertical forests and applying it to residential apartments.
NEW Space to Grow Highlights
Smaller gardens offering original ideas, trends and take home messages to inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces and feel the benefits that growing can bring.
Kate Gould will be going for her fifth gold medal with ‘The West End Secret Garden’, a modern interpretation of the gardens and architecture of London’s West End, highlighting the use of environmentally positive technology to create a contemporary pocket of green space.
Artisan Garden Highlights
Continuing into their extended location on the plateau in Ranelagh Gardens, the popular Artisans aim to revitalise traditional materials and methods with new design approaches.
Artisan favourite multi gold medal winning designer Kazuyuki Ishihara is creating a garden inspired by O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA, a Japanese concept of hospitality. Sarah Eberle also returns designing both an Artisan Garden and the Hillier exhibit in the Great Pavilion for the third year running. This year she is working with British Council India with a garden that celebrates India’s love of cricket.
Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge join forces once again with ‘The Warner Edwards Garden’, a design that reimagines the landscape and planting of the gin distillery’s home in Northamptonshire, creating an authentic and sociable space.
The Great Pavilion, a plant lover’s paradise at the heart of RHS Chelsea will be home to over 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. D’Arcy & Everest celebrate 25 years of exhibiting at the Show, while Hampshire Carnivorous Plants aim for their 20th Gold in 20 years, and Peter Beales Roses will mark their 50th anniversary with the launch of a new rose.
NEW RHS Chelsea Late
The first ‘Chelsea Late’ takes place on Friday 25 May. Following an afternoon at the show, visitors are invited into Ranelagh Gardens between 8pm and 10pm for an exclusive evening of music, entertainment, demonstrations and much more.
For more information on RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, and to buy tickets please visit www.rhs.org.uk
Getting here by train
Travel times to London
Norwich - travel time 2 hours
Cambridge - from 48 minutes
Ipswich - from 1 hour 9 minutes
Colchester - from 1 hour 2 minutes
London Liverpool Street
You can take the Circle line to Sloane Square tube station.
- Jubilee line to Westminster
- District or Circle line to Sloane Square Station
Tube and bus
Sloane Square tube station (on the District and Circle lines) is a 10 minute walk from the showground. Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 360 and 452 stop closest to the showground, while bus numbers 19, 22, 319 and C1 stop at Sloane Square.