Chelsea Flower Show: When is it, how to get tickets, and everything else you need to know

Fancy being inspired by the world-famous flower show? Here is all the information you need if you want to visit this year’s event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Last updated: 28 March 2018 - 4.05pm

This year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show will showcase the importance of gardening and growing plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing Britain today.

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As the finest horticulturalists from all over the world exhibit their immaculately-designed gardens, the Royal Horticultural Society will celebrate how gardens can provide a place for escape and enjoyment. The designs will demonstrate the ways in which they can help deal with major environmental issues, while also showing the impact gardens can have on people's lives.

If you’re feeling inspired and are thinking of attending this year's event, here’s everything you need to know about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

What will be on show?

The Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

A key theme for 2018 are gardens to enhance health and wellbeing. Among the designs on show will be the RHS Feel Good Garden, a contemporary and therapeutic space focusing on health and wellbeing.

Designed by Matt Keightley, the Feel Good Garden highlights the happy and healthy feelings inspired simply by being in a garden.

Another highlights promises to be the show garden, The Lemon Tree Trust Garden, designed by Tom Massey.

The design has been inspired by the resilience and determination of refugees who are victims of forced migration. The garden is filled with reclaimed, reused, repurposed and upcycled materials and was designed with input from Syrian refugees living in Domiz camp in Northern Iraq.

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When is the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show?

The Queen and other royals at the Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 will run from Tuesday May 22 to Saturday May 26, with Tuesday and Wednesday reserved for members only.

The show opens at 8am each day and closes at 8pm each weekday and at 5.30pm on Saturday.

The annual sell-off of plants at the end of the show begins at 4pm Saturday.

How can I get tickets?

English roses at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Tickets are on sale now and they’re cheaper when you buy in advance. All prices will increase from April 3, 2018, so get in early.

Members of the public can buy up to four tickets on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show site for Thursday May 24, Friday May 25 or Saturday May 26. All-day tickets cost £65 in advance, while it’s £43 for 3.30pm entry and £37 for 5.30pm entry.

Tickets for RHS Members cost £51 in advance for all-day tickets, £38 for 3.30pm entry and £29 for 5.30pm entry. The show is also open to Members Only on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday tickets cost £74 for all-day entry (now sold out), £44 for 3.30pm and £34 for 5.30pm. For the Wednesday, tickets cost £63 for all day entry, £41 for 3.30pm and £31 for 5.30pm.

For 2018 there is a new Chelsea Late Event, which offers visitors a Friday evening filled with bands and an artisan food market. The Chelsea Late Package costs £87 for members of the public and £79 for RHS members. Tickets are valid from 5.30pm.

No children under 5, prams, pushchairs or babes in arms will be admitted and children aged 5 and over will need to pay the full adult price.

Where is the Chelsea Flower Show?

The grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in central London are transformed with horticultural displays for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

How do I get there?

Passengers board a bus as they leave the RHS Chelsea Flower Show loaded down with flowers

Organisers recommend visitors use public transport. Sloane Square tube station, on the District and Circle Lines, is a 10-minute walk away and the closest tube station to the showground.

Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 360 and 452 stop closest to the showground. For further information, visit the Transport for London website.

A shuttle bus - £4 one-way or £6 return - will also operate from Victoria to the hospital from 7am to 8pm Tuesday to Friday (finishing at 7.20pm on Saturday).

Public parking is available in Battersea Park, around a 20-minute walk from the show, and can be pre-booked with tickets.

What about refreshments on site?

The Time For Tea exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Options range from snacks and drinks to three-course meals and seafood platters with champagne.

Some 6,000 sandwiches, bloomers and baguettes were served alongside 1,000 salads, 43,447 cakes, pastries and cookies and 818 seafood platters – not to mention 23,823 glasses of champagne and 104,144 hot drinks in the 2015 show, according to organisers.

There are also picnic and seating areas by the bandstand and in Artisan in Ranelagh Gardens.

Image credits: Lewis Whyld / Jonathan Brady / Stuart C Wilson / Yui Mok / Max Nash / PA

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