Like many other events in coming months, the annual Chelsea Flower Show has been cancelled due to the current coronavirus outbreak. However, if you’ve been feeling a little disappointed about this, we have just the news to perk you up: the Chelsea Flower Show will now be going ahead online instead.
As well as being able to buy flowers that were set to be on display at the show, the yearly event — which is known for its beautiful floral arrangements and plant inspo — will now be taking place virtually for the first time ever. From the 19th to the 23rd May, there will be a whole host of free content available on the RHS website, including daily virtual garden tours at 8am, lunchtime Q&As with RHS experts, and showings of work created by horticulturists that will replicate what they had planned on creating for the actual event.
Sue Biggs, director general of the RHS, explained that she hoped ‘the virtual show will help fill the gap caused by the sad but necessary cancellation of this year’s show and will inspire more people to get growing.’
‘We’re lucky to live in a digital age where we’re able to bring aspects of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show online so we can continue to share the world’s best in horticulture and bring garden design inspiration, breath-taking displays and horticultural knowledge for the nation to enjoy during this difficult time,’ she continued.
And if you miss any of the live content, you’ll have a chance to catch up on the BBC, which will be showing highlights in place of their usual flower show programming.
If you’re really into all things green, there’s even a chance to get involved yourself this year, with a virtual competition the RHS and BBC’s The One Show have come together to create.
The My Chelsea Garden contest asks households across the UK to submit pictures of their gardens and green spaces in the following categories: back garden, front garden, indoor garden (houseplants etc), and kids’ corner garden. The winner from each category will receive tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2021, along with a special RHS award.
Those hoping to enter can find more information here.