Competitions at virtual RHS Chelsea

Coronavirus has forced the RHS into a virtual 2020 Chelsea Flower Show. It will include a People’s Choice competition for Plant of the Decade and vote for Garden Product of the Year.  See www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/virtual-chelsea.

Unlike the real Chelsea, visitors will be able to buy plants from exhibiting nurseries online. There is also a tie-up with the BBC One Show, running a competition for photos from the public of green spaces big and small.

The online Chelsea takes place from 18-23 May.

RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year

The RHS has unveiled a shortlist of 11 products offering sustainable solutions for gardeners looking for products with greener credentials.

The shortlisted products will be judged virtually by a panel of experts including entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den investor Deborah Meaden, gardening writer Peter Seabrook and Chris Harrop, director of sustainability at Marshalls plc. 

The winner will be announced on Monday 18 May 2020. It will be followed by a People’s Choice vote for the Garden Product of the Year with the winner revealed on the final day of the show.

RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade

For the last 10 years the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year has been selected by an audience of over 100 plant experts, including members of trials forums and the seven RHS Plant Committees.

The virtual flower show will instead host a People’s Choice vote for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade, allowing everyone to vote for their overall favourite from the previous winners.

Voting for the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade will open on Monday 18 and run until Friday 22 May with the winner set to be announced on Saturday 23 May.

RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2020 shortlist:

  • The City Growhouse, by Access Garden Products, RRP £479 in plain aluminium £599 in Anthracite, garden-products.co.uk/ - A dedicated growing area in even the smallest garden. Ideal for city living.
  • Meander 3, by Gaze Burvill, RRP £6,960, gazeburvill.com/ - Combining elegant sculptural curves with practicality and comfort, the ‘Meander 3’ is a delightful and novel three person conversation seat.
  • Infinity Sheet by Green4Air, RRP £215, green4air.co.uk/ - CAD designed sheets designed to integrate and work with Green4Air’s 150mm pod spacing system both horizontally and vertically 128 x 55deg slots are cut into the black 10mm thick sheets using a highly specialised 5axis CNC router machine.
  • Small Pot Set of 3, by Husk, RRP £9.99, madewithhusk.com - Pots made using agricultural waste which fertilize the soil when they biodegrade.
  • Ooni Karu, by Ooni, RRP £249, ooni.com - a powerful, portable wood & charcoal-fired pizza oven offering portability with all the power of a larger wood-fired oven.
  • Husqvarna 305, by Platts Horticulture, RRP £1099, plattshorticulture.co.uk/ - A robotic lawnmower which offers a low price point without compromising on performance. Can be controlled by an app on a smartphone.
  • Steel Container/Pottery Knife, by Sneeboer Trading BV, RRP £69.95, sneeboer.com/en/ - An all sides sharpened, long, flat, flexible stainless steel container/pottery knife that comes with a red beech grip. Designed to help with re-potting plants in difficult containers.
  • Stone King, by The Patio Black Spot Removal Company, RRP £29.99, patioblackspotremoval.com/ - Gently, restores the original beauty to natural stone sculpture, artificial stone figurines, bird baths, sundials and terracotta pots and urns in less than 90 minutes without pressure washing.
  • Naked Garden Twine, by Twool, RRP £2.95, twool.co.uk/ - Garden twine made from locally sourced underused wool with a high tensile strength.
  • Vegebag, by Vegepod UK, RRP £29.99, vegepod.co.uk/ - Made from a tough polyester base, the Vegebag helps gardeners of all abilities to produce fantastic crops in small spaces with protection from garden nasties, all year round.
  • Potting Table, by Wilstone, RRP £245, wilstone.com - Made from Galvanised Steel and Recycled Teak for practical durability, this lightweight Potting Table has carry handles, two drawers, shelf and a uniquely designed extend-able worktop revealing a compost store.

Previous RHS Chelsea Plants of the Year:

  • 2010: Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’ - Dibleys Nurseries (bred by Lynne Dibley, UK)
  • 2011: Anemone Wild Swan (‘Macane001’) - Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants (bred by Elizabeth MacGregor, UK)
  • 2012: Digitalis Illumination Pink ('Tmdgfp001')   - Bee Up Front Garden (bred by Charles Valin, Thompson & Morgan, UK)
  • 2013: Mahonia eurybracteata ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’ - SeeAbility Garden (bred by Ozzie Johnson of ItSaul Plants, USA)
  • 2014: Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori (‘H20–2’) - Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres (bred by Ryoji Irie, Japan)
  • 2015: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise ('Jww5') - Burncoose Nurseries (bred by Jan Willem Wezelenburg, Holland)
  • 2016: Clematis koreana Amber (‘Wit141205’) - Taylors Clematis (bred by Marco de Wit, Holland)
  • 2017: Morus ‘Waisei-kirishima-shikinari’ (entered as Mulberry ‘Matsunaga’) - Horticultural Trades Association (bred by Hajime Matsunaga, Japan)
  • 2018: Hydrangea Runaway Bride Snow White ('USHYD0405') The Sun (bred by Ushio Sakazaki, Japan)
  • 2019: Sedum takesimense Atlantis (‘Nonsitnal’) - National Dahlia Collection (bred by Walters Gardens)
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