Gardening fan? Watch the RHS Chelsea Flower Show virtually this year

The world-famous British garden event is going virtual for the first time

Gardening fan? Watch the RHS Chelsea Flower Show virtually this year

Green fingers? The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the biggest gardening events in the world and if you're a fan of gardening, then you'll know the score. Unfortunately, it won’t be taking place in 2020. In March, the Royal Horticultural Society announced that it was cancelling the show for the first time since World War II.

But there is some good news for gardeners. The RHS has organised a free virtual edition of the Chelsea Flower Show, which will fill the floral week between May 18 and 23 with private-garden tours and planting tips from ‘the great and the good of the gardening world’.

Visitors can take behind-the-scenes tours of award-winning nurseries and listen to planting advice from top garden designers. Some will be recreating the plant displays that never got the chance to appear at Chelsea Flower Show 2020.

If you’ve suddenly got into growing and panic-ordered a load of compost, you can join a daily interactive lunchtime Q&A session for inspiration. And parents grappling with a homeschool schedule can take part in a daily School Gardening Club, which will focus on connecting kids with nature.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is usually full of celebrities stopping to smell the roses (and pose for photo ops). The Queen attends most years. Although the virtual edition won’t be quite as spectacular, at least this way, everyone can (sort of) attend for free.

The Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show will run from May 19-23 for the public. For more info visit rhs.org.uk/Chelsea.

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