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Hillier Nurseries Bidding Farewell to 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

After 80 years as an exhibitor, Hillier Nurseries is bidding farewell to the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Hillier was due to exhibit in 2020, celebrating the company’s 155-year history and hoping for a 75th gold.
 
With the show postponed until September 2021, The business has made the decision not to exhibit.
 
Chris Francis, Wholesale and Retail Director says:
 
“Chelsea has always been a significant event on the Hillier calendar. It’s held at the perfect time for the business to show off all the great plants through the spring.
 
“The unprecedented events of 2020 have been followed by the later timing of the show in 2021. This leaves too small a range available on our nurseries to achieve the standard of exhibit Hillier has become known for.
 
“It was the right time for the business to concentrate on other exciting ventures for spring 2021.”

End of an era for Hiller Nurseries?

 
Hillier Nurseries has a remarkable history with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show stretching back almost to the origins of the show.
 
Starting in 1939 and ending in 2019, The business has achieved 74 consecutive gold medals at the show. This makes the company the current record holder.
 
“RHS Chelsea Flower Show will always be special for us,” comments Chris Francis. “We wish everyone working hard to put together this year’s show the very best and look forward to being inspired by the exhibits later this year.”

The 2021 show, which would have taken place between 18 May and 23 May. It has been moved to run from 21 September to 26 September. The RHS will still hold the event at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

Before postponing the show, the RHS had planned to introduce new health and safety measures to the event. They were reducing visitor numbers and spreading the Show over an extra day.

However, as lockdown continues and the coronavirus infection rate remains high, it has taken the decision the decision to delay the RHS Chelsea Flower Show until the autumn. It’s hoped millions more people will have been vaccinated and it is more likely that the levels of infection will have reduced substantially.

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