When is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022? Dates, how to get tickets, location where it is held, what to wear

The first show took place in 1862

One of the most eagerly anticipated horticulture events on the gardening calendar is almost upon us, as the Chelsea Flower Show looms.

The show is regarded as the finest garden show in the world.

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The event started back in 1862, and has been hosted by the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1913. The event is held by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The show also receives major publicity, and is attended by crowds of around 157,000 annually, and became so popular that it was increased from four days to five.

Historically, the event has been graced with the presence of the Royal Family with fans eager to see who makes an appearance this year.

When is the Chelsea Flower Show?

The 2022 Chelsea Flower Show is to be held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea from Tuesday, 24 May to Saturday, 28 May.

From Tuesday to Friday, the events begin at 8am until 8pm, and on Saturday, the show reopens at 8am until 5:30pm.

What is the Chelsea Flower Show?

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a garden show held over multiple days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The first event of this show was held back in 1862, and has been loved by many ever since, garnering such a reputation that members of the Royal Family attend the show.

Events at the Chelsea Flower Show include the avant-garde show gardens designed by some of the biggest names in the industry with Floral Marquee at the centrepiece.

The Show also showcases smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban Gardens.

The first two days can only be attended exclusively by RHS members.

Can I get tickets?

Tickets bought for the show must be purchased in advance.

As stated, only members of the can attend the first two days of the show, but the rest of the event is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased from the official RHS website, and prices differ for members and non-members.

When the rest of the general public are allowed to attend, Thursday, 26 May 2022, the only tickets currently available cost £80.85 for members and £110.85 for non members, they are also the same prices for Friday, 27 May.

On Saturday, the last day of the show, tickets are still available and cost £85.85 for non members and £68.85 for members.

Those ticket prices remain the same for the remainder of the event, and are currently selling out at a rapid rate.

Who is the president of the RHS?

The current president of the Royal Horticultural Society is Sir Nicholas Bacon, 14th Baronet.

The 68-year-old studied at Eton College and has been the partner of Susan Henrietta Bacon since 1981.

What awards are handed out at the show?

A plethora of awards are awarded each year in a number of categories.

Some special awards include:

  • Best Show Garden Award
  • Best Courtyard Garden Award
  • Best Chic Garden Award
  • Best City Garden Award
  • RHS Sundries Bowl
  • RHS Junior Display Trophy
  • RHS Floral Arrangement Trophies
  • RHS Floristry Trophies
  • Show Certificates of Merit
  • Certificates for Junior Displays
  • RHS President’s Award
  • RHS Best Tradestand Award
  • RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Tradestand

What are some rules/things I should know?

  • Children under five are not permitted.
  • Pet animals are also not permitted - guide dogs are allowed. 
  • Unclaimed lost property items are kept for one month before being donated. 
  • Transactions are cashless when possible - ATMs will be located at the show.
  • Live music is also played at the show.
  • Picnic areas are available.