Due to the worldwide pandemic the Royal Horticultural Society has decided to move the world famous Chelsea Flower Show from its traditional month of May to September, the first time in its 108 year history.
Originally due to run from May 18 to 23 the show will now taken place from September 21 to 26, 2021 within the grounds of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.
“We know that the autumn dates may not be suitable for everyone, but with our fantastic industry partners we will do everything we can to support them and create a show that will be a moment in history. It will be exciting to see different horticulture and showcase the key autumn gardening season at the world’s most famous flower show.
Whilst we are sad to have had to delay RHS Chelsea and are sorry for the disruption this will cause, we are excited that we are still planning to bring the world’s best loved gardening event to the nation at a time when more people are gardening more than ever.
In these challenging times we have always followed Government advice and made difficult, responsible decisions with the health and safety of people our key concern. Never have so many people gardened in recent times, nor needed the benefits of gardening more, so we will do our utmost to deliver a beautiful, uplifting and different RHS Chelsea safely in September 2021.”
– RHS Director General, Sue Biggs CBE
The RHS will contact everyone who has purchased tickets for the event and are asking that ticket holders “please refrain from contacting us immediately so that we can handle this situation as efficiently as possible.”
Whilst the September Show will be very different to the usual spring event, the RHS believes it will celebrate the best of autumn horticulture, with many seasonal highlights including Salvias, Asters, Dahlias, grasses and fruit and vegetables.
Exhibitors who were due to take part in the cancelled May event will all be given the opportunity to be at the autumn RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS will also be opening up applications for new gardens, nurseries and content.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 will take place September 21 to 26, 2021.