5 things to expect from the First-ever virtual Chelsea Flower Show
This historical event dating back to May 1913 usually takes place each year at London's Royal Hospital Chelsea, but was cancelled for the first time since World War Two due to the Covid outbreak.
This week (Monday to Saturday) the Royal Horticultural Society is making it available online. Except for Monday, when access was limited to RHS members, the event is free for everyone. Whether you are a long term gardening enthusiast or you've just gotten into plants and flowers after spending more time at home, here are 5 things you can't miss from this unique digital event.
1. Virtual Garden Tours
Award-winning garden designers from previous editions of the Chelsea Flower Show, such as Adam Frost, will be giving their own garden tours and share their top tips for you to get more out of your green spaces this summer.
2. The School Gardening Club
Daily sessions with fun gardening projects to entertain the whole family during this time with presenter Skinny Jean Gardener. The first session is on how to make a wildflower piñata.
3. Ask a Gardening Advisor Sessions
Every day award winning garden designers Paul Hervey-Brookes and Jo Thompson are joined by a panel of experts to answer pre-selected questions from the public around a specific topic. Here is the session on "Maintaining Plants".
4. Potting Bench Demos
An RHS poll found 57% of people who have gardens and outdoor spaces value them more now than before lockdown, and 71% feel they have helped with their mental health in recent weeks. However, not everyone can enjoy a private large outdoor space. Sessions with indoor landscape designers such as Ian Drummond will show you how to create and care for a great green indoor space to lift your mood.
5. #MyChelseaGarden competition
Initially set up as a competition organised by the RHS and BBC One's The One Show, amateur gardeners are encouraged to share their pictures and say in up to 250 words how the garden they have submitted is helping them at this moment in time. Even if the competition is now over gardening newbies and enthusiasts are still invited to share their gardens and flowers photos with hashtag #mychelseagarden, especially as it is Mental Health Awareness Week, with positive images of plants and beautiful gardens as a way to help ease anxiety and isolation in these challenging times.
Here you can browse the full agenda of the Virtual Flower Show - Special programmes looking back at the best of the Chelsea Flower Show will also be shown on BBC One and BBC Two.