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RHS Chelsea 2018 TV coverage

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Jo Swift and Sophie Raworth. Picture; BBC/Glenn Dearin
Jo Swift and Sophie Raworth. Picture; BBC/Glenn Dearin

Shows dotted all over the BBC schedule!

Sunday, May 20, BBC One, 6pm

Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift are joined by Nick Knowles to look at gardens that raise awareness. Floella Benjamin brings an important turning point in British history to the show with the Windrush exhibit. Adam Frost and Carol Klein introduce new faces and old favourites to look at some highlights from the show.

Monday, May 21, BBC One, 3.45pm

Nicki Chapman and James Wong take a first look at the show on press (and VIP/celebs) day. Nicki chats to pop star-turned-farmer JB Gill about his new passion for gardening, and Nick Knowles looks at show gardens designed to raise awareness. Florist Simon Lycett arranges a vase of seasonal flowers with actress Lesley Joseph.

BBC One, 7.30pm

Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift reveal the large show gardens and Mary Berry discovers some of the blooms in the Great Pavilion. Rob Brydon and Nick Frost enjoy a day out at the show.

Tuesday, May 22, BBC One, 3.45pm

It is medals day and Nicki Chapman and James Wong find out who has won gold. The team talks to a family-run nursery that has been at Chelsea for more than 100 years, and also explores the story of Britain’s favourite flower, the rose. Chris Bavin shows how to grow cut flowers for less.

Nicki Chapman and James Wong. Picture; BBC
Nicki Chapman and James Wong. Picture; BBC

BBC Two, 8pm

Monty Don and Joe Swift give their views on who won gold and who missed out, as well as questioning the RHS judges on how they make their decisions. Carol Klein is with exhibitors in the Great Pavilion, while fashion designer Ozwald Boateng talks about Chelsea trends. Best Show Garden 2018 is also revealed.

Wednesday, May 23, BBC One, 3.45pm

Nicki Chapman and James Wong look at the gardens making a splash with spectacular displays. There are ideas to help people relax in their garden, while Nick Knowles lifts the lid on gardens raising awareness. Angellica Bell solves some of her own gardening problems.

BBC One, 7pm

Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift look at the best gardening collaborations at the show. Carol Klein looks at women in horticulture and Mary Berry meets growers championing British flowers. The Reverend Richard Coles reveals his own passion for garden design.

BBC Two, 8pm

Monty Don and Joe Swift look at how gardens and plants at Chelsea embrace modern living. They look at how designers are pushing the boundaries with new technology and an innovative use of plants. Journalist Jeremy Bowen gives a perspective on how gardens serve communities.

Monty Don and Joe Swift. Picture; BBC/Glenn Dearing
Monty Don and Joe Swift. Picture; BBC/Glenn Dearing

Thursday, May 24, BBC One, 3.45pm

With Nicki Chapman and James Wong. Chris Bavin explores the show’s floristry and Raymond Blanc demonstrates how to turn produce from the vegetable garden into a pickled feast.

BBC Two, 8pm

Monty Don, Joe Swift and the team explore the themes behind the show gardens. Joe discusses wildlife habitats, and Carol Klein discovers flowers which offer food for insects. Monty reveals the important message behind one of the spectacular gardens and Mary Berry hunts for plants to add to her new garden.

Friday, May 25, BBC One, 3.45pm

Nicki Chapman and James Wong enjoy a last walk around their favourite gardens, before revealing their highlights from the show. Royal florist Simon Lycett shows how to create a floral summer wreath, while Carol Klein explores the symbolism behind one of her favourite flowers, the iris. Debbie McGee talks about her love of gardening and her search for quick-fix colour.

BBC One, 7.30pm

Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift are joined by Mary Berry, Jo Whiley and other celebrity guests, as they celebrate the end of the show. The programme reveals how to make cocktails from garden plants and takes a look at the top trends and biggest headlines. The winner of the BBC RHS People’s Choice Award is announced.

BBC Two, 8pm

Monty Don and Joe Swift explore the ‘Chelsea effect’ – how the trends here have a big influence on styles of the future. Carol Klein reveals the biggest plant trends, while Toby Buckland shows how big plants can be used to great effect in even the smallest of gardens. Photographer Martin Parr discusses pictures he has taken around the showground and Mary Portas talks about her Cotswold garden.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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