RHS Shows announce “biggest changes in a generation”

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RHS Flower Shows, which will celebrate the best of UK horticulture, design and talent, are taking the world-class shows to new locations around the country. Working with more communities and schools to promote gardening to as many people as possible.  

We owe it to the horticultural world, our invaluable RHS members, our visitors and our nation of gardeners to look at how and what we can do to create new content.”
– RHS Director General Clare Matterson


RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the world’s greatest and most famous gardening event will stay as it is.  RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will become a biennial event in two years with a new Show taking place in 2026 in the historic grounds of the Badminton Estate, in Gloucestershire, returning to Hampton Court Palace in 2027.  The RHS Shows will remain at Hampton Court Palace for 2024 and 2025. 

 A royal appointment

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Sandringham is the private country retreat of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

After 2024, its 25th anniversary, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will return to the site every three years, with a 2025 RHS Show happening at Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire, one of the grandest stately homes in the country. A 2026 RHS Show will take place at Sandringham, home to the private house and gardens of His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
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Wentworth Woodhouse has the longest façade of any stately home in the UK

There will be no change to RHS Malvern Spring Festival which opens for visitors 9-12 May this year, with a full line up of expert speakers, local growers and beautiful gardens and, for the first time, a Festival of Houseplants.

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These changes will enable the RHS to deliver world class horticulture to the doorsteps of members who may not have an RHS Garden near them and creating shows in fixed venue sites means better sustainability opportunities too.

 Looking forward to Urban Gardening

Visitor looks at houseplants
The first RHS Urban Show took place in Manchester this month and there will be another Show announced for a new location next year shortly.  The RHS Urban Show differs from the traditional RHS Shows, with more focus on gardening for small spaces and community involvement. 

Reaching new gardeners

RHS Director General Clare Matterson says: “Our RHS Shows are without a doubt the best horticultural events in the world, however we must not and should not stand still.  We owe it to the horticultural world, our invaluable RHS members, our visitors and our nation of gardeners to look at how and what we can do to create new content, work with new contributors and find ways to generate interest and inspiration both within our current much loved British events and in new locations with new shows to work with new populations and people.
 Show visitors have a drink in the sunshine
“These are some of the biggest changes we’ve made to our shows in a generation and we’re delighted to be extending our reach and making the RHS more accessible and welcoming to more people.
“We want to inspire current and new audiences with world class horticulture and provide access to UK’s best plants people to help even more people garden and grow.”
RHS Director of Shows, Commercial and Innovation, Helena Pettit adds: “We’re excited about the opportunities these new partnerships in new locations will offer and will be able to get really creative with ideas and content for our visitors.  At the same time we are delighted that we can continue to work with Historic Royal Palaces and Tatton Park to deliver these much loved events.  
“We look forward to working with current friends and new to innovate and create the best horticultural events in the world.”

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