2017 highlights revealed

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 is the pinnacle of the horticultural calendar and is once again set to inspire millions by showcasing the best in gardening

Reflective installation at the Chelsea Flower Show

Discover the eight Show Gardens, five Fresh Gardens, nine Artisan Gardens, the Fresh Gardens and more than 100 floral displays, which will make up the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23 – 27 May 2017), sponsored by M&G Investments.

Nick Mattingley, RHS Director of Shows, says:

"As with every RHS Chelsea Flower Show for more than a century, designers, nurseryman and leading lights are pulling out all the stops to make this the best gardening event in the world."

2017 Garden Highlights

Greening Grey Britain garden

Professor Nigel Dunnett has designed the 2017 RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden. Set within an urban context of high-rise and apartment developments, Nigel will demonstrate and celebrate the multiple benefits of plants and gardens in even the smallest of areas. He will also provide a vision for the future development and use of private, communal and social spaces in the places where we live.

Explore the full list of Show Gardens in detail

Artisan Garden highlights include the 2016 winner of Best Fresh Garden, Gary Breeze, who has designed a garden which features the replica of an 800 year old boat which was discovered in the Norfolk Broads. Meanwhile, Ishihara Kazuyuki returns for his 12th year with Gosho No Niwa inspired by the Kyoto emperors of Japan, and the work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is the focus of Sarah Eberle’s Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration.

Find out more about the Artisan Gardens

Fresh Garden highlights include Jack Dunckley’s The Bermuda Triangle which will resemble an active volcano surrounded by tropical planting. At 23, Jack is one of the youngest garden designers ever to exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Kate Gould’s City Living demonstrates how to create a usable green space in an urban apartment block and Mind Trap by Ian Price, about his personal experience of depression.

Discover the range of Fresh Gardens in full

In the Show Garden category, James Basson will be going for his third consecutive RHS Gold medal with a re-creation of the stunning Maltese landscape for the M&G Garden: Melitense. Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins are teaming up for the third time at RHS Chelsea with The Chengdu Silk Road Garden which combines architecture and planting in a conceptual East-West landscape with a dramatic ‘Silk Road’ bridge linking the different elements of the garden. Lee Bestall is celebrating 500 Years of Covent Garden, while Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam aim to highlight endangered heathland for Wellington College with Breaking Ground. Chris Beardshaw is going for his 12th RHS Gold medal and is working with the National Youth Orchestra on the Morgan Stanley Garden.

Great Pavilion

Visitors in the Great PavilionThe jewel in the RHS Chelsea crown, a 12,000sq metre marquee big enough to park 500 London buses, will feature more than 100 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists.

Also in the Great Pavilion, the Discovery Zone features the Come to your Senses Eco Garden by Scotts Miracle-Gro aiming to tackle the overstimulated and sedentary lives of children in the UK, with a design that encourages children to enter the haven of a garden. The British Ecological Society’s Delight in the Dark will showcase the diversity of shade tolerant plants.

Taking inspiration from the environmental issues surrounding bees, Burncoose Nurseries will shine a light on the lesser-known plants pollinated by flies, moths and beetles, while Raymond Evison has created a contemporary design inspired by the seashore. It features sand, pebbles and five large waves running the length of the exhibit, each of which will have clematis arranged on and below them.

Birmingham City Council brings the whimsical and wonderful world of Rowland Emett to life with a floral re-creation of ‘A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley’, the last-known machine made by the cartoonist and inventor in 1983.

Sarah Eberle returns with Hillier Nurseries as it aims to secure the firm’s 72nd consecutive Gold medal. Sarah will also be assisted by 2016’s RHS Young Designer of the Year Caitlin McLaughlin.

Just some of the anniversaries being celebrated in the Great Pavilion this year include the Hardy Plant Society, which will feature 60 hardy plants for its 60 years, and Hooksgreen Herbs which celebrates 10 years exhibiting at RHS shows. Fibrex Nurseries create a tiered exhibit in tribute to the 30th anniversary of the National Plant Collection of Pelargonium, and Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants returns to the world-famous flower show for its 25th year.

Nurseries exhibiting for the first time this year include Hare Spring Cottage Plants with their collection of Camassia, Calamazag Nurseries, with the Delphinium Society exhibiting in the Great Pavilion for the first time.

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