Carol Vorderman on designing at the Chelsea Flower Show
For the first time in 108 years, the Chelsea Flower Show has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers had hoped the event could run in May, but said they had a responsibility to exhibitors, volunteers, staff and attendees to delay the event until later in 2021.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) postponed the event as the rate of Covid infections is still very high across the UK, and it isn’t clear what tier restrictions London may be under in May this year.
However, it is hoped later in the year more people will have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and the rate of virus transmission will be significantly lower.
The news of the event’s delay will no doubt be disappointing for the show’s gardening fans, who descend on Chelsea every year for the event.
The postponement of the event will also likely have left a gap in the monarch’s calendar this year, as the Queen regularly visits the show to see the gardens for herself.
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Although the main event has been postponed, the Chelsea Flower Show will still be taking place virtually in May.
The physical event was due to take place between May 18 to 23, and the event will still be available to view online.
The RHS said it will contact people who had purchased tickets for the show, and the charity has asked people not to contact them presently to help with efficiency.
Exhibitors who were due to attend the May event will still have the chance to take part in the show later this year.
When is RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021?
This year the Chelsea Flower Show will take place from September 21 to 26.
The RHS tweeted: “For the first time in the history of the Show, we are postponing #RHSChelsea 2021 to take place in the autumn instead of spring, due to the worldwide pandemic.
“The Show will now run between 21-26 September.”
Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said: “In these challenging times we have always followed government advice and made difficult, responsible decisions with the health and safety of people our key concern.
“Whilst we are sad to have had to delay RHS Chelsea and are sorry for the disruption this will cause, we are excited that we are still planning to bring the world’s best-loved gardening event to the nation at a time when more people are gardening more than ever.
“We know that the autumn dates may not be suitable for everyone, but with our fantastic industry partners we will do everything we can to support them and create a show that will be a moment in history.
“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.”
And she said: “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.”
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