The Chelsea Flower Show will still be going ahead this year - virtually

Great news!

Chelsea Flower Show

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Lockdown has cancelled many big events, but the Chelsea Flower Show is still going ahead in virtual form - hooray!

We already knew flower-lovers can buy the beautiful plants that would have been at the show, and now it's been confirmed you'll still be able to enjoy the Chelsea Flower Show from the comfort of your home.

This will mark the first time the event has ever been hosted online.

Whilst people might feel sad that it's not running as normal, there's still plenty to look forward to.

Viewers can enjoy demonstrations on how to grow, pot and maintain healthy plants.

In addition, leading horticulturalists will give us virtual tours of their private gardens.

They'll also replicate some of the work they'd hoped to do during the real-life show.

Chelsea Flower Show

All this content will be available for free on The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website from 19th - 23rd May.

Each morning will begin at 8am, giving guests as virtual garden tour which we're sure will brighten anyone's day.

And if you want something to watch during your lunch break, an RHS expert will host a daily Q&A.

Sue Biggs, director general of the RHS, commented on the decision to go virtual.

Chelsea Flower Show

She said, "We’re lucky to live in a digital age where we’re able to bring aspects of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show online so we can continue to share the world’s best in horticulture and bring garden design inspiration, breath-taking displays and horticultural knowledge for the nation to enjoy during this difficult time."

"We really hope the virtual show will help fill the gap caused by the sad but necessary cancellation of this year’s show and will inspire more people to get growing."

If you miss any of it, content will also be shown on the BBC to replace the usual Chelsea Flower Show programming.

The show has taken place every year since 1913, with the exception of a couple of breaks during WW1 and WW2.

And it looks like coronavirus won't be stopping it either, with plenty to enjoy over the five day event.

Will you be getting involved in the virtual show?

Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer specialising in TV, film and lifestyle content and has written for What's On TV, GoodtoKnow and She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases. In her spare time, she writes film and television reviews for JumpCut Online and her own blog, Lucy Goes To Hollywood.