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  • Photo of 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    The RHS is today, Friday 23 October 2020, announcing its plans to safely run the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G, with many new precautions due to COVID-19 to protect everyone at the Show held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. We speak to RHS Director of Shows and Gardens Helena Pettit and hear from RHS Director General Sue Biggs to find out more about the plans for next year’s show. For the first time in its 108* year history the Show will run for six days in 2021, from Tuesday 18 May to Sunday 23 May. The RHS…

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  • Photo of Virtual Chelsea: A Success?

    Virtual Chelsea: A Success?

    It’s the last day of the RHS’ first Virtual Chelsea. This time last year, thousands of sunburned visitors were pondering how they could make their own gardens somewhat resemble the magnificent show gardens they’d wandered around on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. No-one stepped foot on those grounds this week and there was not a show garden in sight. But that doesn’t mean those who were planning to attend (and many who weren’t) didn’t get to experience Chelsea at its finest. Those who had set aside this week in their calendar to exhibit at the show have come…

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  • Photo of BLOG: Sharing Chelsea Flower Show

    BLOG: Sharing Chelsea Flower Show

    This time last year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show would have been in full swing. The sun was shining, medals had been handed out, Andy Sturgeon and Crocus would had been awarded Best in Show for the M&G Garden and here at Pro Landscaper we were celebrating the release of our show guide and gushing over our visits to the show. This year, though, we’ve all experienced Chelsea very differently. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, for the first time in history, the show has gone digital. It is continuing to showcase world-leading designers, plant experts and offer practical gardening…

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  • Photo of BLOG: Virtual Chelsea is making horticulture even more accessible

    BLOG: Virtual Chelsea is making horticulture even more accessible

    For the Pro Landscaper team, preparing for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the best – and busiest – times of the year. There’s an air of excitement in the office. What are the themes? Who’s creating the RHS gardens? What are the new names amongst the Chelsea stalwarts? We start preparing for our own Chelsea-focused supplement at the start of the year usually, carefully planning out the pages. We look ahead to how we can showcase the event online – in the past, this has appeared as photo diaries, blogs, and exclusive interviews for our website. It’s…

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  • Photo of Ian Drummond and Malvern Gardening Buildings team up for Virtual RHS Chelsea

    Ian Drummond and Malvern Gardening Buildings team up for Virtual RHS Chelsea

    Malvern Garden Buildings have joined forces with Ian Drummond, Indoor Garden Design’s Creative Director and celebrity plant stylist, to create a plant-filled ‘wobble room’ for Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020. Malvern Garden Buildings challenged houseplant expert and self-confessed foliage obsessive Ian to transform the contemporary Hanley Heritage garden room into a place to unwind, de-compress and de-stress in these testing times. The idea was inspired by the work Indoor Garden Design are doing with Project Wingman. This project aims to give back to frontline NHS workers during the COVID-19 crisis by providing ‘First Class Lounges’ in hospitals. Here doctors,…

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  • Photo of Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show to champion innovation

    Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show to champion innovation

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s leading gardening charity, has announced it will host the prestigious RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Competition and a special People’s Choice vote for RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade during its first ever virtual show, taking place from 18-23 May. The news comes as the RHS revealed that for the first time in its history, the world-famous flower show will take place online after it was cancelled due to Covid-19. RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year The RHS has unveiled a shortlist of 11 finalists* for the 2020 competition, featuring…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Webinar – Exclusive interview with Sue Biggs, Director General RHS Monday 4th May

    Coronavirus Webinar – Exclusive interview with Sue Biggs, Director General RHS Monday 4th May

      Continuing our series of webinars that have been taking place weekly since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Landscaper is excited to announce an exclusive live interview with Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS to take place on Monday 4th May at 10am. REGISTER HERE As is currently the same for everyone working in the horticulture and landscape industry, the RHS has faced some massive challenges since lockdown began 5 weeks ago, with the cancellation or postponement of the RHS Shows – and closure of all RHS gardens since 22nd March. It will be the first year since 1913…

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  • Photo of Florence Nightingale’s Pressed Flower Collection to be revived at RHS Chelsea

    Florence Nightingale’s Pressed Flower Collection to be revived at RHS Chelsea

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    RHS Coronavirus Update

    Following current Government advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the RHS is planning on running all RHS shows and events as scheduled. RHS gardens are all open as usual. It is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and regularly, and following advice and guidelines set by Government. The health and safety of their visitors, exhibitors at their events and staff is the RHS’s “number one priority”. It has asked visitors and exhibitors to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the World Health Organization and UK public health authorities regarding the virus. It is following local and national public health closely.…

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  • Photo of Primrose Hall Peonies Collaborates with Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020

    Primrose Hall Peonies Collaborates with Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020

    Gold medallist nursery Primrose Hall Peonies collaborates with award winning British jewellery designer Theo Fennell for RHS Chelsea 2020.   ‘Treasure Every Moment’ is a walk through exhibit showcasing a bespoke, hand-made jewellery collection. Designed around peonies and made by British, award-winning designer, Theo Fennell.   The exhibit will be innovative, exciting and interesting to visitors, showcasing a wide range of rare and unusual peonies, including some from the National Collection of Itoh hybrids. Visitors will be able to view these rare and unusual breeds of peony with magnifying glasses.   The exhibit will also feature a British designed and…

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  • Photo of Hillier Nurseries has unveiled plans for its RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 exhibit

    Hillier Nurseries has unveiled plans for its RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 exhibit

    The Stihl Hillier Garden will be a celebration of the company’s 155-year history and achievements, as it aims for a landmark 75th consecutive gold medal. Hillier Nurseries will be taking centre stage with its vast exhibit in the Grand Pavilion. It will be an immersive walkthrough, winding around the famous central monument bursting with planting inspiration throughout. The stunning display will cover 387.5m2, a staggering 85% increase on the 2019 garden. Visitors will first approach an historic shopfront replica of the original Hillier shop in Winchester (that was purchased in 1864). This transports visitors back to the humble beginnings of…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 gardens announced

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden is being installed at the Eden Project

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden is being installed at the Eden Project

    The Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow Garden, which won a prestigious gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, is now being installed at the Eden Project in Cornwall.   The garden is due to open in the Mediterranean Biome at Eden on Friday, October 18.   The garden was created by Jilayne Rickards, who was inspired by visiting CAMFED in Zimbabwe. At its centre is a classroom surrounded by lush planting, reflecting a huge array of edible crops typical to rural Zimbabwe. A raised bed showcases water-efficient growing technology coupled with crop rotation, which…

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  • Photo of Tickets to RHS flower shows 2020 now on sale

    Tickets to RHS flower shows 2020 now on sale

    RHS members’ tickets to the RHS Flower Shows in 2020 have gone on sale today, Monday 2 September. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday 6 September.   Early bird offers are available until 31 October alongside advance booking discounts. Children under 16 go free* and for the first time ever, there is an early bird discount offer for the Preview Evening at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.     RHS Flower Shows 2020:   RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17–19 April The first major outdoor show celebrates its 15th anniversary kicking off the gardening season with…

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  • Photo of The Donkey Sanctuary’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden lives on

    The Donkey Sanctuary’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden lives on

    The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50 years’ legacy building continues as its award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden has now been rebuilt at the charity’s international headquarters in Devon. The garden is now open to the public and like the Sanctuary will be free of charge for visitors.   The ‘Donkeys Matter’ Artisan Garden won People’s Choice Award and a silver medal in the judges’ awards at the prestigious Chelsea show in May. The garden, which has now being reconstructed at the charity’s flagship Devon sanctuary, was designed to showcase its international work and celebrate 50 years of transforming the lives of…

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  • Photo of 75th anniversary D-Day Garden to be opened in Normandy

    75th anniversary D-Day Garden to be opened in Normandy

    WWII veterans’ charity D-Day Revisited’s ‘D-Day 75 Garden’, which pays tribute to the last surviving D-Day veterans. Exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, it has moved to a permanent site at Arromanches, Normandy. It will be officially opened in a ceremony in the presence of 50 Normandy veterans on Thursday 6th June 2019 – the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.   With the help of the Royal Engineers, the ‘D-Day 75 Garden’ designer John Everiss has moved and rebuilt the Garden in seven days at a beautiful site above Arromanches overlooking Gold Beach and the famous Mulberry…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show People’s Choice Award winners

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show People’s Choice Award winners

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  • Photo of Revisiting The M&G Garden

    Revisiting The M&G Garden

    It’s been one whole week since the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened its doors to the press, and what a week it’s been. A bustling show ground, multiple medal celebrations, and even a proposal on one of the show gardens made this year’s event one of the most memorable yet. And without a doubt, one of the highlights for the Pro Landscaper team was Andy Sturgeon picking up Best in Show and his eighth Gold medal for The M&G Garden. One of our features writers, Rachael, was even spotted in the crowd by the BBC watching Andy receive the award.…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Frankie’s perspective

    Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Frankie’s perspective

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  • Photo of Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

    Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Rachael’s perspective

    Pro Landscaper Chelsea Blogs: Rachael’s perspective

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  • Photo of Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

    Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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  • Photo of Andy Sturgeon wins Best in Show Award with M&G Garden at Chelsea

    Andy Sturgeon wins Best in Show Award with M&G Garden at Chelsea

    Andy Sturgeon has scooped the title of Best in Show for The M&G Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Celebrating nature’s extraordinary power to regenerate landscapes with new growth, The M&G Garden is a vibrantly green and lush environment, featuring a biodiverse range of pioneering plant species from around the world. Its dramatic composition offers a variety of textures and designs, with burnt oak timber sculptures slicing through the natural woodland.   A decorated designer, Andy Sturgeon was awarded Best in Show when he last exhibited at the world famous Flower Show with The Daily Telegraph Garden in…

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  • Photo of 25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    World-leading rose breeder, David Austin Roses has been awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This is the 25th in its history of exhibiting.   The Secret Garden themed display features a beautifully fluid, circular design, at the heart of which two  striking new characters from David Austin’s English Rose collection are to be seen in bloom for the first time. Rosa Eustacia Vye (Ausegdon) and Rosa Gabriel Oak(Auscrowd) are both named after beloved characters from Thomas Hardy’s works. They create a stunning centrepiece of scent and colour in a setting befitting a moment of quiet reflection.…

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  • Photo of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

    BEST IN SHOW The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  BEST SPACE TO GROW GARDEN AND BEST CONSTRUCTION IN SPACE TO GROW CATEGORY Facebook: Beyond the Screen – Designer: Joe Perkins, Contractor: The Outdoor Room, Sponsor: Facebook BEST ARTISAN GARDEN Family Monsters Garden – Designer: Alistair Bayford, Contractor: idverde, Sponsors: idverde, Family Action  BEST CONSTRUCTION IN THE SHOW GARDENS CATEGORY The Resilience Garden – Designer: Sarah Eberle, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: The Forestry Commission GOLD MEDALS   Main Avenue Gardens   The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  The Morgan Stanley Garden…

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