Chelsea Flower Show

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Tuesday 21 May – Saturday 25 May

Under the theme ‘Imagine the World to be Different’, our garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show encourages visitors to cherish the earth and one another.

  • The Wren Project

  • It recognises the importance of gardens as welcoming spaces for healing and contemplation and pays homage to the revitalising qualities of urban green spaces.

    This May’s Chelsea garden designed by Robert Myers, will form the basis of a restored, accessible garden at St James’s in London’s West End, where around 400,000 people from all faiths and walks of life seek tranquillity and inspiration each year.

    Grant-giving charity Project Giving Back, is sponsoring our garden at Chelsea in support of The Wren Project. The visibility of our garden at the show will help us raise £20m to rejuvenate the historic, Wren-designed church, and particularly to restore our Piccadilly garden.

    The Wren Project will make it possible for St James’s to accommodate and amplify our environmental activity and social outreach work with people experiencing homelessness, refugees and asylum-seekers and those persecuted because of their sexuality or identity.

    The garden design
    At the heart of our Chelsea garden design is the architecture of Wren’s church – an arched window. A new structure, designed by artist Ivan Morison, to house the Caravan Drop-In and Counselling Service, will also feature. In time, this new cabin will be relocated to the restored garden in Piccadilly along with plants from our show garden.

    Garden designer Robert Myers takes inspiration from London’s pocket parks and historic churchyards like St James’s which have suffered the scars of wartime bombing yet refuse to give in to destruction. The woodland-style planting focuses on textural foliage with splashes of colour and features wild/pioneer plants, such as chickweed, speedwell and vetch, that are known for resilience and regeneration.

    Our Chelsea garden will be a reflective space where nature takes centre stage. Calm, contemplative and uplifting, it will offer a refuge for humans and wildlife.

    The Caravan Drop-in and Counselling service
    Our free, seven-day-a-week, drop-in and counselling service welcomes clients from all walks of life. Run in partnership with the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education since 1982, the Caravan offers a safe and private space for around 5,000 hours of counselling a year. Read more here.