The world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show is set to return to its regular spring slot for 2022 after last year's event was held in autumn due to Covid-19. Designers are currently making their preparations for the highly anticipated spring event, which will take place from 24 – 28 May 2022.
The event will showcase all the usual cutting-edge garden design ideas and fabulous floral displays as well as the best gardening-related shopping around. As is traditional, the show takes place on the spectacular grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.
The RHS promises that this year's event will have the 'most naturalistic feel in recent years' with hedgerows, woodlands and wildflower meadows taking centre stage in many of the gardens on display.
'We can't wait to see the return of a spring RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022 and welcome our visitors back after a two-year wait,' says Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens & Shows. 'The show is jam-packed with stunning gardens and inspirational displays and with an abundance of wildlife-friendly planting, we won't be the only ones buzzing!'
We've rounded up all the info you need to know about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 below – from what you can expect to see to how to buy tickets. It's time to put this must-visit event in your diary!
When is the Chelsea Flower Show 2022?
The Chelsea Flower Show takes place from 24 – 28 May 2022.
- 24 – 25 May, RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
- 26 – 27 May, RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
- 28 May, RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm
Where is the Chelsea Flower Show located?
The Royal Hospital Chelsea in London is home to the iconic Chelsea Pensioners and, for one week only in May, is also home to the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The full address is:
Royal Hospital Road
Royal Hospital Chelsea
How do you buy tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show 2022?
Whether you’re after modern garden ideas or cottage garden ideas, you can find all the inspiration you need and more at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online via the RHS website.
Chelsea Flower Show 2022: what to expect
If you're on the lookout for inspiration for your outdoor space, whether that’s new landscaping ideas or planting suggestions, the Chelsea Flower Show 2022 promises to deliver, encouraging you to look beyond the beautiful gardens and plants on display and make more considered plant choices in your own garden.
Although full details for the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show are still to be confirmed, one thing we do know is that the designers will be encouraging gardeners to embrace rewilding. By using a variety of native species that haven't been seen previously at Chelsea, the aim is to illustrate how any green space can easily be transformed into a wildlife-friendly haven.
'Hawthorn will feature prominently alongside other woodland trees and shrubs including hazel, crab apple, weeping willow and hornbeam,' says the RHS. 'Visitors can expect to see swathes of green speckled with whites, creams and pinks throughout the show. Wild plants such as nettles, cow parsley, poppies and nectar-rich buttercups will add to the pastel colour palette and continue the wildlife-friendly, naturalistic theme.'
The RHS adds that other themes you can expect to see at the 2022 event include sustainable gardens, climate change, and the mental, physical and social benefits of gardens, as well as a celebration of institutions such as the RNLI and the RAF.
Confirmed show gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show 2022
The main show gardens are always a highlight of any Chelsea Flower Show and the confirmed line-up for 2022 promises to deliver an abundance of ideas.
'The Meta Garden: Growing the Future' will be inspired by the British countryside and feature almost 3,000 plants and trees. Designer Joe Perkins is aiming to show how there is a strong connection between plants and fungi in our woodland ecosystems.
Howard and Hugh Miller will be designing a space with Alder Hey Children's Charity. Their chosen colour scheme of white, pink and cream is inspired by the stunning spring tones of apple blossom.
The full list of show gardens is as follows:
- Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station designed by Howard Miller and Hugh Miller
- MEDITE SMARTPLY ‘Building the Future’ designed by Sarah Eberle
- St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by Cityscapes (Darryl Moore & Adolfo Harrison)
- Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes
- The RNLI Garden designed by Chris Beardshaw
- Morris & Co. designed by Ruth Willmott
- 'The Meta Garden: Growing the Future' designed by Joe Perkins
- The Perennial Garden 'With Love', designed by Richard Miers
- The New Blue Peter Garden - Discover Soil by designer Juliet Sargeant
- The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden, reflecting on the Battle of Britain and designed by John Everiss
- A Rewilding Britain Landscape by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt
- The Mind Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon
Other parts of the 2022 show that promise to champion biodiversity-rich spaces are the Sanctuary Gardens.
Here's are the confirmed gardens you'll find in this exciting area:
- The SSAFA Garden supported by CCLA and designed by Amanda Waring
- A Swiss Sanctuary by Lilly Gomm
- The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden designed by Jamie Butterworth
- ZEN Garden designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki
- Circle of Life by Yoshihiro Tamura
- The Body Shop Garden designed by Jennifer Hirsch
- A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons, designed by Tony Woods
- Out of the Shadows designed by Kate Gould
- The Boodles Travel Garden designed by Tom Hoblyn
- Kingston Maurward The Space Within Garden by Michelle Brown
- The Stitcher's Garden designed by Frederic Whyte
Learn something new with workshops, talks, demonstrations, garden advice from the experts, and more
There's more to the Chelsea Flower Show than just show gardens. There are also live demonstrations, workshops and talks.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show's Great Pavilion will be awash with colour and scent with some of the world's finest growers and nurseries returning to the event, offering stunning displays, plants for sale and expert advice. Home to the best plant nurseries in Britain and from around the globe, you'll find plants of all varieties.
You can also marvel at science in The Discovery Zone, which champions the latest exciting innovations and research from the world of horticulture. Explore interactive displays and exhibits in this dedicated space in the Great Pavilion.
The RHS Gardening Advice team of experts will be located in the centre of the Great Pavilion. They suggest you bring photographs of your plant problems rather than live plant material if you are looking for specific answers to growing concerns.
Refuel with delicious food and drink
A wide array of refreshments is an important factor for every great day out, and at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, there promises to be something for everyone.
There will be a range of bookable catering facilities at the show, including three-course meals, seafood platters and afternoon tea.
There will be a selection of hot and cold food and drink outlets around the showground. Cafes, food courts and picnic areas are perfect for a quick bite to eat.
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available at the pre-bookable restaurants and also from the outlets.
Shop beautiful plants, garden accessories, gifts and more
All around the showground, you'll find a range of exhibitors selling their innovative horticultural-themed products. From gardening essentials to home decorations, each exhibitor at the show is hand-picked and together offer a fabulous shopping experience. From garden buildings and seating to jewellery, textiles, and arts and crafts, there will be something to tempt everyone.
- At the heart of the show, the Floral Marquee features more than 70 hand-picked plant nurseries, all displaying and selling award-winning stock. Buy everyday favourites and unusual varieties for your own flowerbed ideas, and meet the experts who will explain how to care for the plants.
- The Great Taste Market lets you purchase direct from local artisan producers and Great Taste Award winners offering a range of fine foods, wines and craft spirits.
- The Plant Village is filled with colourful displays of plants at the peak of perfection.
- A one-stop shop for all things plant related, the RHS Hub offers great gardening gifts including books, gifts and tools, as well as once-in-a-lifetime gardening holidays.
How to travel to the Chelsea Flower Show 2022
Most visitors travel to the show by tube, bus or train. However, you may prefer to travel via coach, or car (you can pre-book parking with your tickets).
You are advised to check Government guidance on transport closer to the date of your visit.
Travel by bus
Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 360, 170, 44 and 452 stop closest to the showground, while bus numbers 19, 22, 319 and C1 stop at Sloane Square.
Please note that the 360 bus will not be stopping at bus stop 'CH' at the Bull Ring Gate, Chelsea Embankment. This bus stop is suspended during RHS Chelsea Flower Show week.
Travel by tube
Sloane Square tube station (on the District and Circle Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the showground.
Travel by train
London Victoria is the closest train station to the show. For information on rail services, visit the National Rail website.
For more information on how to get to the showground by public transport, go to the Transport for London Journey Planner.
Cycle racks are available at Burton's Court Car Park, opposite the London Gate entrance (postcode SW3 4SR).
Public parking is available in Battersea Park and must be pre-booked with your tickets. Battersea Park is located outside the Transport for London congestion zone and is approximately a 20-minute walk from the show.
Alternatively, a park & ride service is available, the cost of which is included in the parking charge; buses, including a mobility bus, operate at frequent intervals between Battersea Park and the showground’s Bull Ring Gate entrance.
If you're parking at Battersea Park and using a sat nav, please use the postcode SW11 4BY. This will take you straight to the Rosary Gate entrance.
You can arrive by river with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to Cadogan Pier or Battersea Power Station. The RB6 route serves both piers but weekdays only during morning and afternoon peak times. Battersea Power Station can be reached seven days a week with the RB1, RB2 or RB6.
The pier is approximately a 15-minute walk from the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Coach parking is available at Battersea Park:
A permit is required to drop off coach passengers. Please email Chelsea Coaches to arrange this.
Visitors should keep an eye on the RHS website for the most up to date information nearer the show dates.
Highlights from the 2021 Chelsea Flower Show
Taking place in autumn rather than its usual spring date, last year's event included plenty of highlights. It's perhaps no surprise that beautiful autumnal planting combinations were one of the top Chelsea Flower Show trends, but the inspiration didn't stop there.
'The Florence Nightingale Garden – A Celebration of Modern Day Nursing' designed by Robert Myers shone a light on the critical role nurses play in modern-day healthcare. It also celebrated the remarkable legacy of Florence Nightingale and the importance of gardens for well-being and recovery.
'Finding Our Way – An NHS Tribute Garden' by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen celebrated the efforts of NHS workers throughout the pandemic. The healing power of gardens and nature also inspired the design of 'The Bible Society: Psalm 23 Garden' by award-winning designer Sarah Eberle and 'The M&G Garden' by design duo Harris Bugg, which aimed to raise awareness of the increased need to introduce beautiful and restorative green spaces in our towns and cities. They were perfect if you were looking for sensory garden ideas.
In a year where international travel was limited, gardens taking inspiration from foreign landscapes transported us to far away destinations.
Designer Ekaterina Zasukhina with Carly Kershaw explored the beauty of the Ural Mountain region in Russia in their 'Bodmin Jail 60° East: A Garden Between Continents', while 'Trailfinders' 50th Anniversary Garden', by award-winning designer Jonathan Snow, was inspired by the Himalayan landscape.
Meanwhile, 'The Yeo Valley Organic Garden' by Tom Massey, supported by Sarah Mead, brought a slice of Somerset's Yeo Valley Farm to SW3, inspiring visitors to adopt organic gardening practices and put nature first. The Guangzhou China: Guangzhou Garden, winner of Best Show Garden 2021, demonstrated how city planners should be aiming to better connect people with the natural world.
With millions more people gardening since the pandemic, the RHS also introduced two new garden categories in 2021 to provide inspiration for anyone interested in growing plants as part of their small garden ideas.
The new balcony gardens demonstrated the different ways small outdoor areas can be transformed into functional and interesting spaces. A prominent theme in this category was how to turn a balcony into a calming zone to escape and relax in using plants to create a sense of being immersed in nature.
Container gardens also made their debut with achievable, clever design ideas. They targeted the increasing number of us choosing to use containers to maximise our outdoor space and wanting to take our gardens with us when we move.
Sarah Wilson has been a lifestyle journalist for many years, writing about gardens since 2015. She's written for Gardeningetc.com, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, as well as Country Homes & Interiors and Modern Gardens magazines.
Her own (small urban) garden is a work in progress - so many ideas, not enough space to cram them in. Hero plants include her ever growing collection of ornamental grasses, black bamboo and ferns, and the perennials like salvias and penstemons that come back reliably year after year. All very restrained though when in fact she'd love to pack her garden with gaudy dahlias and giant cannas, so these are top of her wish list for what to grow next.
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