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About the show

May 22–26, 2012

Visitors to the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show got the chance to enjoy modern, inventive gardens, new plants and ingenious new products.

And now you can relive the highlights of the show - and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes footage by buying the official Chelsea 2012 DVD.

In the Great Pavilion, RHS Environment featured vertical allotments and clever solutions to problem areas. New food courts and restaurants allowed visitors to relax in style, and 14 evocative show gardens ranged from ‘New English’ design to trendsetting topiary gardens.

A brief history of the show

Key facts

    • It takes 25 days to put the entire show up
    • Number of exhibitors at first Chelsea - 244
    • Current exhibitors' total - 550
    • Hillier Nurseries holds the record for the greatest number of Chelsea Golds - 66 and counting...

The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. It is the flower show most associated with the royal family, who attend the opening day every year.

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About our sponsor

Commercial opportunities

Our visitors, your customers

RHS shows offer you an enviable platform to sell and market your company. Wide media coverage across TV, radio, newspapers and the web gives exhibitors a unique promotional advantage.

Sponsorship opportunities

Our shows provide unique sponsorship opportunities for your business. Our work is supported by more than 360,000 members and last year 2m people visited an RHS show or one of our gardens.