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BBC and RHS extending partnership until 2025

The BBC and RHS are announcing they are extending their exclusive broadcast partnership for a further three years to bring gardening inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Malvern Spring Festival, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park to millions of homes across the UK.
 

The new contract, which starts in 2022, will see the BBC commit to broadcasting from the events until the end of 2024 and means the BBC retains its position as the exclusive broadcaster of RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Whilst RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as the world’s most famous gardening event, will continue with its standalone BBC programmes, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will now be broadcast through BBC Gardeners’ World, like RHS Malvern Spring Festival, to be enjoyed by much bigger engaged audiences.

The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater is one of the largest projects in Europe, as the garden continues to develop and build even more links with local community groups and schools, the BBC will be following the continued creation and journey through all phases.

Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment says: “I’m really pleased that we are working with the brilliant RHS team for another three years. The RHS events are a real highlight in the gardening calendar and I’m delighted that our continued partnership enables us to share these showstopping events with a wide BBC audience.”   

Hayley Monckton, RHS Director of Communications, says: “The RHS has enjoyed 19 consecutive years with the BBC as its broadcast partner to bring the horticultural highlights of its Flower Shows to millions of people in the UK and around the world, enthusing many of them to grow more plants and garden.

“RHS Hampton and RHS Tatton featuring on BBC Gardeners’ World will help us share the plant displays and spectacular gardens from these events with a wider audience.  We have never worked with so many BBC outlets, across all our work, to bring the joy of gardening to so many people and we are excited to be continuing this fabulous partnership.”

Coverage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show is produced by BBC Studios and the number of hours of coverage will remain similar to previous years.

Notes to editors

RHS 2022 Show Dates:
  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 5-8 May
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 24-28 May (RHS Members Days – 24 & 25 May)
  • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 4-9 July (RHS Members Days – 4&5 July, After Hours 8 July)
  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 20-24 July (RHS Members Day 20 July)
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
 
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2021. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit: www.rhs.org.uk.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.