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12 Days of Christmas: RHS Chelsea took place in September

In January 2021, the RHS postponed the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in its 108-year history. The event was rescheduled to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic.

Celebrating in September, the event was very different to the usual spring event. Certain the show would mark a moment in history, the RHS believed the event would showcase the best of autumn horticulture, with many seasonal highlights including Salvias, Asters, Dahlias, grasses and fruit and vegetables.

However, the movement of the show certainly presented difficulties. We interviewed garden designer, Sara Edwards, and she explained her challenges with the ongoing supply chain problem, as well as bad weather; “the summer has been pretty hit and miss and I struggled to get any commitments from growers. Stock just hasn’t been so good due to the weather.” Nevertheless, her IBC Pocket Forest Garden at the Chelsea Flower explored and challenged the conventional ideas of container gardening, and demonstrated that even in the smallest of spaces, it is possible to create an urban pocket-sized forest. Click here to read more about Sara’s innovative design.

Overall, we included some great online coverage of the show. We found out all about the unique collaboration between Torc Pots and Form Plants and their design plans for Chelsa, launched our ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show Diaries’, and presented great pictorial of some fantastic show gardens – click here to view.

The show saw first time designers, Peter Chmiel and Chin-Jung Chen, be awarded Best in Show for their Guangzhou China: Guangzhou Garden for its design inspired by a philosophy of reconnecting people and nature and highlights the benefits of responsible city planning. Click here to see our short review containing a list of the winners in our October Issue.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) revealed that The Newt in Somerset will be the new headline sponsor of the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Charity Gala Preview for the next four years, starting when the event returns in May 2022.

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