The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that the 2021 Chelsea Flower Show has been postponed to the autumn – the first time in its 108-year history that it won’t take place in spring.
The move, due of course to the worldwide pandemic, means the show will take place from 21 September to 26 September at its usual home, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
In addition to the autumn event, the RHS will once again hold its hugely successful RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show online, during the May show week, which millions of people across the UK and around the world tuned in to enjoy last year.
The move to September provides the opportunity for exhibitors and competitors – including members of the Direct2florist network of professional florists specialising in flowers delivered locally. – to showcase the best autumn flowers. Seasonal highlights are predicted to include Salvias, Asters and Dahlias, along with some stunning autumnal foliage.
“The autumn is a great time of the year for florists,” explains Simon Stirling, Managing Director of Direct2florist. Alongside all of the favourite flowers available all year round, the move to September will provide the opportunity for our florists to create stunning designs using seasonal flowers. I also expect to see foliage come to the fore in numerous creative ways – it’ll be a chance for our skilled florists to use their creativity and talent like never before.
“Direct2florist’s member florists have a history of winning medals at this most prestigious of events and I expect to see them picking up even more awards this time around.”/p>
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says: “It will be exciting to see different horticulture and showcase the key autumn gardening season at the world’s most famous flower show. We believe many designers and nurseries will look forward to working with different plants that would not be available or at their best in May.
“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.”
As was planned for the event in May, RHS Chelsea Flower Show in September will be spread over six days instead of five, with the same reduced number of visitors, another first in its history. There are many further coronavirus safety precautions being put in place for exhibitors, everyone involved in the show, visitors and RHS staff and volunteers.
Everyone who has purchased a ticket for the event to date will be contacted by the RHS, outlining their options.
By Austin Clark 08 February 2021