RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 Content Announced

Thursday 30 November 2017

• World’s most famous flower show returns 22 – 26 May • 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!

Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announces highlights at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (22 – 26 May), sponsored by M&G Investments.

Show Manager Katherine Potsides says: “We’re very excited about RHS Chelsea 2018. Every year is different as we welcome some of the greatest designers, plants people and floral artists who bring their creativity, ideas and inspiration to the show and set the horticultural trends for the year ahead.  This year we have made changes to the show layout and introduced a new category of gardens ‘Space to Grow’ creating a whole new avenue of gardens with inspiration for all.”

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, Northern Iraq, where such gardens offer a sense of normality, wellbeing 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.  

Other Show Garden highlights include award winning designer Jo Thompson’s The Wedgwood Garden, last year’s People’s Choice winner Chris Beardshaw unites once again with Morgan Stanley with a garden celebrating the company’s partnership with the NSPCC. First time designer Jonathan Snow is creating a garden inspired by a South African Wine Estate sponsored by Trailfinders.

A full list of Show Gardens can be found here.

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.

‘Pearlfisher’s Garden’ by conceptual designer John Warland celebrates the beauty of the world’s largest garden found beneath our oceans and highlights the devastating impact plastic waste is having on our underwater eco systems.

The Seedlip Garden’ designed by Catherine McDonald is a celebration of the humble pea everything from the plant palette, forms, colours, patterns and multi-sensory elements are significant to Pisum sativum, the pea and the wider pea family, Fabaceae.

First timer and former RHS Young Designer Tony Woods uses sculpture, materials and plants in the environmentally conscious ‘Urban Flow’ garden. With bold features and colourful planting his garden demonstrates how best to utilise green spaces.

A full list of Space to Grow Gardens can be found here.

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. 

After a four year absence from the show multi-award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has designed an Artisan Garden depicting the importance of wellbeing in the Nordic way of life.

A full list of Artisan Gardens can be found here.

Floral Highlights

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.

A floral feast will be served up by NAFAS with an imaginative flower and foliage display depicting the four seasons, and Floral Fundamentals’ UNITY exhibit will showcase the creative skills of Europe's greatest floral designers in their representation of the stages of bulb production, from growth through to display.

One of the most successful exhibitors at RHS Chelsea, Hillier Nurseries will for the third year be working with multi-award winning designer Sarah Eberle with a walk through garden made up of smaller areas with take home inspiration. 

Multi-award winning speciality fern nursery Fernatix return to the Pavilion for the first time since 2007 alongside fellow fern nursery and new face Kells Bay House and Gardens. Other new nurseries include Orchideengarten, Flowers from the Farm, Grafton Nursery, Ottershaw Cacti and Wack’s Wicked Plants.

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.

More announcements including details of the RHS Feature Garden to follow in January. For more information on RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 please visit: http://press.rhs.org.uk

Tickets are now available to buy now at www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows

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Notes to editors

Images of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show are available to download. Please email the RHS Press Office at showspr@rhs.org.uk for instructions on how to access these.

Full details of all exhibitors are available on the RHS Media Centre. Please visit http://press.rhs.org.uk/

To apply for media accreditation to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please visit http://press.rhs.org.uk/. Applications open in mid-December.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22 – 26 May 2018)

21 May             Press Day

22 – 23 May      RHS members only

24 – 26 May      RHS members and non-members 22 – 25 May    8am – 8pm
26 May             8am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

To book tickets To book tickets 0844 995 9664 or rhs.org.uk/shows   
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Ticket prices range from £29 to £87. Tickets must be booked in advance and are on sale now.

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