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RHS Chelsea Flower Show set to make a wild comeback

  • Blossoming hedgerows, lush woodland and wildflower meadows will give the 2022 show its most naturalistic feel in recent years
  • Wildlife-friendly hawthorn looks to be among the horticultural stars of this year’s RHS Chelsea, which returns to the spring season after a two year absence

Gardens teeming with native plants that benefit wildlife will take centre stage at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, sponsored for the first time by The Newt in Somerset, as the show makes its anticipated return to the spring season, 24 – 28 May 2022.

Garden designers at the world’s most famous flower show are encouraging gardeners to embrace the wild and bring nature back, using native species rarely seen at RHS Chelsea to transform green spaces into wildlife-friendly havens.

Hawthorn will feature prominently alongside other woodland trees and shrubs including hazel, crab apple, weeping willow and hornbeam. Visitors can expect to see swathes of green speckled with whites, creams and pinks throughout the show.

Wild plants such as nettles, cow parsley, poppies and nectar-rich buttercups will add to the pastel colour palette and continue the wildlife-friendly, naturalistic theme.

Highlighting the ecological benefits of a wilded landscape, first-time RHS Chelsea designers Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt are using native plants, including hawthorn and field maples, to demonstrate the dramatic transformation of land through beaver reintroductions.

‘The Meta Garden: Growing the Future’ takes its inspiration from the British countryside and will feature almost 3000 plants and trees including sweet chestnut. Designer Joe Perkins aims to highlight the connection between plants and fungi in our woodland ecosystems.

Brothers Howard and Hugh Miller return for their second RHS Chelsea, designing a space with Alder Hey Children’s Charity. With a colour scheme inspired by the whites, creams and pinks of apple blossom, a ‘hedge tunnel’, a meadow and an orchard will conjure a ‘dream-like’ quality.

The championing of biodiversity-rich spaces continues in the Sanctuary Gardens. For example, rich and vibrant green woodland planting and a immersive tree canopy will create a feeling of connectedness with nature in ‘A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons’.

Other themes include sustainability, climate change, the mental, physical and social benefits of gardens as well as a celebration of institutions such as the RNLI and the RAF. More content, including the new ‘All About Plants’ garden category will be announced soon.

Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens & Shows, says, “We can’t wait to see the return of a spring RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022 and welcome our visitors back after a two year wait. The show is jam-packed with stunning gardens and inspirational displays and with an abundance of wildlife-friendly planting, we won’t be the only ones buzzing!”

For more information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 including the full garden line up please visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/press/shows 

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Notes to editors

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show full garden line-up for May 2022:

Show gardens:
  • Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station designed by Howard Miller and Hugh Miller
  • MEDITE SMARTPLY ‘Building the Future’ designed by Sarah Eberle
  • St Mungo's Putting Down Roots Garden by Cityscapes (Darryl Moore & Adolfo Harrison)
  • Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes
  • The RNLI Garden designed by Chris Beardshaw
  • Morris & Co. designed by Ruth Willmott
  • ‘The Meta Garden: Growing the Future’ designed by Joe Perkins
  • The Perennial Garden ‘With Love’, designed by Richard Miers
  • The New Blue Peter Garden - Discover Soil by designer Juliet Sargeant
  • The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden, reflecting on the Battle of Britain and designed by John Everiss
  • A Rewilding Britain Landscape by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt
  • The Mind Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon
Sanctuary gardens:
  • The SSAFA Garden supported by CCLA and designed by Amanda Waring
  • A Swiss Sanctuary by Lilly Gomm
  • The Place2Be Securing Tomorrow Garden designed by Jamie Butterworth
  • Circle of Life by Yoshihiro Tamura
  • The Body Shop Garden designed by Jennifer Hirsch
  • A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons, designed by Tony Woods
  • Out of the Shadows designed by Kate Gould
  • The Boodles Travel Garden by designed Tom Hoblyn
  • Kingston Maurward The Space Within Garden by Michelle Brown
  • The Stitcher's Garden designed by Frederic Whyte
Four NEW All About Plants gardens - Further details including designs and designers are due to be announced at a later date.

For further information about RHS Chelsea Flower Show and other 2022 RHS Shows and full ticket-purchasing information, visit www.rhs.org.uk/shows. Service and admin fees apply.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 24 – 28 May 2022
23 May              Press Day
24 – 25 May      RHS members only, 8am – 8pm
26 – 27 May      RHS members and non-members, 8am – 8pm
28 May              RHS members and non-members, 8am – 5.30pm

Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

To book tickets visit www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea
 

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 Karen Roos, in addition to restaurants, farm shops, immersive garden attractions and a Cyder Press & Cellar. For more information visit: https://thenewtinsomerset.com/


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 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
 
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