For four days each May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea come alive with the sights and smells of the finest collections of flowers in the world.
Nothing compares to the show gardens,
each one created with attention to detail by some of the world’s
leading garden designers.
The 2018 show will
display the RHS health and wellbeing gardens
Beautiful gardens that demonstrate how plants and green spaces can improve lives and help mitigate against major environmental challenges.
The importance of gardening and growing plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing us today will be key themes at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Celebrating gardens as beautiful havens to escape and enjoy, the designs demonstrate how they can bring a sense of normality to fractured lives and also how they can help tackle major environmental issues.
The Grand Floral Pavilion will host
thousands of fabulous flowers including new plants that have never
been seen before.
The Great Pavilion, a festival of all things floral at the heart of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will be home to more than 90 of the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. Exhibitors will include D’Arcy & Everest who are celebrating 25 years of exhibiting at the Show, along with Hampshire Carnivorous Plants - aiming for their 20th Gold in 20 years - and Peter Beales Roses who will mark their 50th anniversary with the launch of a new rose.
Also new for 2018 are the Space to Grow Gardens. Their focus will mainly be on smaller, urban gardens and they will include ideas on how to make the most of spaces that are typical of a town garden. These designs are also being created to show visitors the benefits that gardens provide, with plenty of great ideas to try at home. The RHS has dedicated an extra 400 sq metres of display space to ensure this new judged category conveys why everyone should grow plants in their garden.
Another big change for 2018 is an extension to the opening times on the Friday of the show. To make sure that even more visitors have a chance to see it, the team has announced The Chelsea Late Event, a vibrant evening with bands, an artisan food market and wandering artists, as well as a chance to enjoy the Artisan Gardens by twilight.
The Chelsea Late Event is set to draw in a younger crowd for an extravaganza of horticulture and entertainment -
and tickets are
Visit the show and see the latest and greatest in
gardening ideas and experience the wonder of the world’s most
famous flower show from the RHS.
Planning of the show is an 18-month
cycle, with applications for next year's Chelsea Flower Show already
in the pipeline. Show and small garden applications were received by
the end of July.
The RHS gardens panels then decide on which gardens
are to be offered space at the show. Acceptances are confirmed in
September and November. Floral pavilion exhibitors are confirmed in
Flower Show Information
to parking restrictions we
recommend visitors travel to the show by public
transport. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is located
within the Transport for London congestion zone. Map
Underground: Sloane Square Underground Station (on the District and Circle Line) is a 10-minute walk.
Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 239, 360 and 452 stop closest to the showground, while bus numbers 19, 22, 319 and C1 stop at Sloane Square.
For further information on underground and bus travel visit the Transport for London website or call 020 7222 1234.
Victoria is the closest mainline station. A shuttle service runs between Victoria train station and the show from 7am to 8pm each day (6pm final day).
Public parking, including for orange/blue badge holders, is available in Battersea Park. Battersea Park is located outside the Transport for London congestion zone and is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the show. Alternatively, a park and ride service is available.
For reasons of comfort and safety, children under five,
babies in arms, pushchairs and prams are not admitted under any circumstances.
There is no re-admission once you leave the showground.
No animals admitted to the show, except for registered guide or assistance dogs.
Please note that this is a temporary, outdoor event on open parkland and is subject to varying weather and ground conditions. Although some temporary trackway is laid, much of the event is on open ground and care must be taken. We therefore advise that you check the weather forecast for the day of your visit, consider the nature of the event and the effects of any inclement weather on surface conditions, and wear suitable clothing and footwear.