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After the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was forced to cancel several of its shows – like the Chelsea Flower Show – many beautiful flowers and plants have been left without a home.
In fact, there are thousands of quality plants that were grown to fill the 12,000 square metre great pavilion at Chelsea that will remain unsold or go to waste if they cannot find a home.
But now you can buy them online, after the RHS launched a platform that allows shoppers to browse the plants of specialists nurseries.
While some bigger companies have had their hands busy with many online orders since the lockdown started, specialist nurseries have not been as popular.
So as well as providing a little bit of colour and joy to your home, buying a plant from these nurseries means you’re supporting smaller companies and helping them survive during these difficult times.
How to buy flowers from the Chelsea Flower Show
If you want to give one of these plants a home, head over to the RHS website. They have a guide to the nurseries that were due to take part in their shows, which allows you to search by plant type or alphabetically so you can find each nursery’s website and email address.
Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said about the initiative, "The specialist nurseries and growers are the lifeblood of the horticultural industry and their beautiful displays at RHS flower shows are one of the most popular attractions, drawing thousands of visitors every year who leave our shows laden with plants of all varieties.
"We want to continue to support our nurseries during this unimaginably challenging time and make it as easy as possible for our members and show visitors to buy directly from them."
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