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Participate in the Virtual Chelsea Flower Show!

Published on May 18th 2020
A group of bushes in a garden
While the official show had to be cancelled this year, the Royal Horticultural Society is holding a virtual Chelsea Flower Show this year!
The Society has announced the schedule for this week when events will be held on their website. Each day will follow a different theme with new content offering design tips, planting ideas, garden tours, ‘how to’ demonstrations, meet the growers, Q&As and more.
Why not participate in the show by posting your show garden on Candide and using the #MyChelseaGarden!

Monday - Member's Day

A red double decker bus
The show will be opened by RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon, followed by RHS Vice President Alan Titchmarsh.
After the welcome speeches, RHS members can join Monty Don on his morning routine, giving visitors a glimpse into unseen parts of his famous garden at Longmeadow as he heads out before breakfast to feed his chickens.
Furthermore, a top celebrity floral designer will demonstrate how to create a contemporary floral arrangement using seasonal foliage and flowers, clematis specialist Raymond Evison will take visitors behind the scenes of his award-winning Guernsey nursery, whilst perennial plant specialist Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants will host a potting bench demonstration.

Tuesday - Perfect Plants

Tuesday will focus on "Perfect Plants" with Sarah Eberle showing us her naturalistic woodland garden, Charlotte Harris giving us a tour of London's public parks, Ian Drummond and expert gladioli grower Rob Evans on the Potting Bench tutorials and the team at David Austin Roses who have been bringing their award- winning roses to the Chelsea Flower Show for the last 37 years.

Wednesday - Health & Wellbeing

A close up of a flower garden
BBC Presenter and multi-gold medal-winning designer Adam Frost will explain how he gardens with plant health in mind as he shows visitors around his Lincolnshire garden.
Japanese designer and Chelsea favourite Ishihara Kazuyuki will provide an insight into his own exquisite garden at home in Japan.
For those looking to get creative, Nikki Tibbles, one of the most celebrated British florists and Founder of Wild at Heart will be showing visitors how to create a seasonal bouquet and Todd’s Botanics will be sharing everything you need to know to grow your own show-worthy irises.

Thursday - Grow Your Own

On Thursday you can learn about cut flowers from Sarah Raven and celebrity florist Larry Walshe will demonstrate how to use flowers and foliage from the garden to create a chic table setting.
Chelsea Pensioners will also be showing how they have been busy on their allotment during lockdown, and vegetable grower Medwyn Williams will share his top tips and tricks on how to grow amazing veg at home.

Friday - Wildlife and Environment

Tom Massey will talk about organic gardening, which originally inspired his designs for the Yeo Valley Show Garden. Award-winning designer Ann-Marie Powell will welcome viewers into her Hampshire garden as she shares her top design tips.
Sienna Hosta will be Friday’s expert grower, giving a tour of the show-stopping plants grown for this year’s show.
Newlands Nursery will lead the Potting Bench demonstrations showing how to get the best from chilli pepper plants to ensure a constant supply for culinary uses.

Saturday - Small Space Gardening

The week will finish with a full day celebrating small gardens, with Andy Sturgeon giving a tour of his own courtyard garden, sharing design and growing tips for smaller outside spaces.
Finally, the show will end with a bang, as visitors will meet the UK’s oldest orchid nursery, McBeans Orchids who have amassed over 70 Chelsea gold medals and Andy’s Air Plants will show how to propagate weird and wonderful plants to help transform your indoor space.

Post your own show garden using the hashtag #MyChelseaGarden and celebrate with us!

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