RHS reveals huge overhaul of RHS Flower Shows, including new locations

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The RHS has revealed a raft of changes to its future flower shows, including new locations around the country.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show will stay as it is and RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will become a biennial event. A new show will take place in 2026 in the historic grounds of the Badminton Estate, in Gloucestershire, before the event returns to Hampton Court Palace in 2027.  The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will remain at Hampton Court Palace for 2024 and 2025. 

After 2024, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will return to the site every three years, with a 2025 RHS show happening at Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire. A 2026 show will take place at Sandringham, home to the private house and gardens of His Majesty King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

There will be no change to RHS Malvern Spring Festival which opens from May 9-12 this year.

The organising team say that these changes will enable the charitable organisation to deliver world-class horticulture to the doorsteps of members who may not have an RHS garden near them. Furthermore, creating shows in fixed venue sites means better sustainability opportunities too.

The first RHS Urban Show took place in Manchester this month and there will be another show announced for a new location next year shortly.  The Urban Show differs from the traditional RHS events, with more focus on gardening for small spaces and community involvement.

Clare Matterson, RHS director general, said: “Our shows are without a doubt the best horticultural events in the world, however we must not and should not stand still. We owe it to the horticultural world, our invaluable members, our visitors and our nation of gardeners to look at how and what we can do to create new content, work with new contributors and find ways to generate interest and inspiration both within our current much loved British events and in new locations with new shows to work with new populations and people.

“These are some of the biggest changes we’ve made to our shows in a generation and we’re delighted to be extending our reach and making the RHS more accessible and welcoming to more people.
“We want to inspire current and new audiences with world class horticulture and provide access to UK’s best plants people to help even more people garden and grow.”

Helena Pattit, RHS director of shows, commercial and innovation, said: “We’re excited about the opportunities these new partnerships in new locations will offer and will be able to get really creative with ideas and content for our visitors.  At the same time we are delighted that we can continue to work with Historic Royal Palaces and Tatton Park to deliver these much loved events.  
“We look forward to working with current friends and new to innovate and create the best horticultural events in the world.”

Image: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival