What you can expect to see at the show

Our world-famous flower show returns with designers and exhibitors uniting to bring you inspirational, contemporary and visionary features - and plants galore


A Chelsea Pensioner looks through a floral window 

This year, the gardens and floral displays have been inspired by tradition and romance, as well as by current environmental challenges and a sense of community.

We introduce a new Space to Grow garden category for 2018, offering ideas and inspiration which can be taken home to your own garden, and for the first time on Friday 25 May, Ranelagh Gardens will remain open to the public until late for an evening of live music, entertainment and more.

 
Clematis growing against a fence with a Gone to Chelsea signHorse sculpture in the 2017 Artisan gardensgrass animal sculptures
 

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 is sponsored by M&G Investments, and RHS Show Manager Katherine Potsides says:

“We welcome some of the greatest designers, plants people and floral artists and set the horticultural trends for the year ahead.”

 
the 2017 Morgan Stanley Garden designed by Chris Beardshawaliums and a sculpture from a show gardena garden sculpture at the show

Show Gardens

This year, 10 Show Gardens will fill Main Avenue where tradition and romance will contrast with contemporary and urban design, so you're sure to find something that sparks your inner designer.

Multi-award winning designer Sarah Price returns after a five-year absence for show sponsor M&G Investments with a romanticised Mediterranean haven. Demonstrating how simple, sustainable materials can be incorporated into garden design, she is among 13 women designers announced across 26 gardens in all - the highest number of female designers in relation to the number of gardens at the show that we have had in recent years!

Debut Chelsea designer Tom Massey presents The Lemon Tree Trust Garden inspired by the resiliency and determination of people in situations of forced migration and displacement, and their dedication to creating beautiful gardens in the harshest of living conditions.  

Returning designer Hay-Joung Hwang has created a futuristic Eco-City Garden with LG Electronics. The garden is intended for a modern city tower block where each unit has a garden, reimagining the concept of vertical forests and applying it to residential apartments.  

Other Show Garden highlights include:

Read more about this year's Show Gardens

Space to Grow Gardens

Our new garden category, with smaller gardens along Royal Hospital Way, offers original ideas, trends and take-home messages to inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces and feel the benefits that growing can bring.

Kate Gould will be going for her fifth gold medal with The West End Secret Garden, a modern interpretation of the gardens and architecture of London’s West End, highlighting the use of environmentally positive technology to create a contemporary pocket of green space.

Pearlfisher’s Garden by conceptual designer John Warland celebrates the beauty of the world’s largest garden found beneath our oceans and highlights the devastating impact plastic waste is having on our underwater eco systems.

The Seedlip Garden designed by Catherine McDonald is a celebration of the humble garden pea and the wider pea family

First timer and former RHS Young Designer Tony Woods uses sculpture, materials and plants in the environmentally conscious Urban Flow garden. With bold features and colourful planting, his garden demonstrates how best to utilise green spaces.

Explore this year's Space to Grow Gardens

Artisan Gardens

Continuing into their extended location on the plateau in Ranelagh Gardens, the popular Artisans aim to revitalise traditional materials and methods with new design approaches.

Artisan favourite Gold Medal-winning designer Kazuyuki Ishihara is creating a garden inspired by O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA, a Japanese concept of hospitality. Sarah Eberle also returns designing both an Artisan Garden and the Hillier exhibit in the Great Pavilion for the third year running. This year she is working with British Council India with a garden to celebrate India’s love of cricket.
 
Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge join forces once again with The Warner Edwards Garden, a design that reimagines the landscape and planting of the gin distillery’s home in Northamptonshire. 
 
After a four-year absence from the show multi-award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has designed an Artisan Garden depicting the importance of wellbeing in a Viking Cruises Garden celebrating the Nordic way of life.

Discover the Artisan Gardens

Floral Highlights

flower display at the showWith more than 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists we will stimulate your senses in the Great Pavilion - a plant lovers' paradise at the heart of RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Read more about Chelsea's 2018 Great Pavilion

ladies in the Great Pavilion surrounded by flowersGemma Arterton holds a protea flower at the showSterculia mexicana seeds

RHS Chelsea Late

Ranelagh gardens at nightThe first Chelsea Late event takes place on Friday 25 May. Following an afternoon at the show, visitors are invited into Ranelagh Gardens between 8pm and 10pm for an exclusive evening of music, entertainment, demonstrations and much more.
 
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