Big ideas for small spaces at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

  • Small space garden categories return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show for second year
  • The Balcony and Container Gardens and Houseplant Studios feature first time RHS Chelsea designers and exhibitors
  • The gardens provide inspiration for transforming compact outdoor areas into positive green spaces for health, wellbeing and the environment whilst the Houseplant Studios focus on doing the same for indoor spaces

Small space gardening makes a comeback at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, sponsored by The Newt in Somerset, as the popular Balcony and Container Gardens return as judged garden categories.

Proving that any space, no matter how small, can be turned into a gardening haven, the Balcony and Container Gardens are joined again by the Houseplant Studios, supported by Close Brothers Asset Management, to offer plenty of inspiration for making the most of limited space and resources.

Living in a high-rise apartment in Manchester, Jason Williams, also known as the Cloud Gardener UK, decided to transform his own balcony into an urban oasis during lockdown. Using his own self-taught experiments with planting, the ‘Cirrus Garden’ includes a colourful mix of wildflowers and edibles to create a sanctuary for wildlife in the centre of a city.

Balconies can provide an important habitat for birds and ‘JAY DAY’, designed by Alison Orellana Malouf and Su-Yeon Choi, integrates typical bird seed plants to encourage birds to visit. Featuring a lush planted floor of green moss for nut caching to attract the Eurasian Jay, the duo hope to bring an ecological connection for urban residents to see nature at their windows.

With planting themes formed of easy to grow edibles, William Murray’s ‘The Potting Balcony Garden Sponsored by Viking’ and Ann Treneman’s ‘Wild Kitchen Garden’ both demonstrate how even with limited outdoor options, homeowners can still grow their own fresh produce outside their door.  A sense of travel and escapism comes from Jane Porter and design duo, Tanya K Wilson and Johanna Norlin’s container gardens, drawing inspiration from Scottish and Mediterranean landscapes.

As the trend for growing and caring for houseplants continues, the Houseplant Studios showcase the forward thinking style ideas and practical tips for bringing the splendour of growing to interior spaces. Displayed in individual studios provided by Malvern Garden Buildings, each of the six selected houseplant specialists will highlight a variety of species with designs ranging from an aerial indoor garden to a walk-in terrarium.

Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens and Shows said: “The Balcony and Container Gardens and Houseplant Studios at RHS Chelsea show that any space, whether inside or out, can be turned into a garden sanctuary for the benefit of our health and the environment. The range of creative ideas is outstanding and they dispel the myth that gardening is only for those with large outdoor areas or big budgets and provide ample inspiration for creating a little piece of greenery in whatever space you have.”

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show Houseplant Studios and Balcony and Container Garden line-up for May 2022:

Balcony and Container Gardens:
  • The Blue Garden designed by Tom Wilkes-Rios
  • JAY DAY designed by Alison Orellana Malouf and Su-Yeon Choi
  • The Potting Balcony Garden Sponsored by Viking designed by William Murray
  • Cloud Gardener UK: The Cirrus Garden designed by Jason Williams
  • The Enchanted Rain Garden designed by Bea Tann
  • Mandala, Meditation & Mindfulness Garden designed by Nikki Hollier
  • Wild Kitchen Garden designed by Ann Treneman
  • A Mediterranean Reflection designed by Tanya K Wilson and Johanna Norlin
  • The Still Garden designed by Jane Porter
Houseplant Studios supported by Close Brothers Asset Management:
  • The Aroid Attic: Social Media vs Reality
  • Happy Houseplants x The Plant Rescuer: The Plant Clinic
  • The Planted House: A Room to Dance
  • Malvern Garden Buildings: Planet Studio
  • The Edible Bust Stop sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Management: Botanical Rhapsody
Full details are available here:
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 24 – 28 May 2022
23 May              Press Day - press accreditation is required to attend and is open until 8 April:
24 – 25 May      RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
26 – 27 May      RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
27 May              RHS members and non-members, 5.30pm – 10pm
28 May             RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm
Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL
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About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.
The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.
In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.

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About The Newt in Somerset  
The Newt in Somerset is a working country estate in Somerset, between the towns of Bruton and Castle Cary. The original Georgian manor house and farm buildings sit amidst farmland, woodland, orchards and acres of gardens - shaped over centuries by successive enthusiasts, including renowned garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse, who first opened them to the public in the mid 1980s. The gardens’ latest incarnation was designed by landscape artist Patrice Taravella. Influenced by thousands of years of horticultural history, mixing ornamental and productive elements, they are a feast for the eyes and the stomach.
With a focus on Somerset heritage, sustainable agriculture and artisan production, the estate encompasses a luxury hotel and spa within Hadspen House and the Farmyard, designed by Karen Roos, in addition to restaurants, farm shops, immersive garden attractions and a Cyder Press & Cellar. For more information visit:

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