Coronavirus statement from the RHS – garden events and school visits axed but gardens remain open
Following yesterday’s Government update (March 16) on COVID-19, all RHS shows, garden events and school visits will be cancelled with immediate effect until June 30.
RHS Gardens remain open, with a number of increased precautionary measures in place.
With the Government no longer supporting mass gathering events and heightened actions to encourage social distancing, the following RHS Shows will no longer take place in 2020:
- RHS London Spring Launch & Orchid Show, 7-8 April
- RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, 17-18 April
- RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17-19 April
- RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7–10 May
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 19–23 May
- RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11–14 June
- RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show, 26-28 June, (although this may be moved into July).
Full refund within 21 days
The RHS will contact everyone who has bought a ticket with the option of a full refund within 21 days. Please do not contact the RHS immediately, except in an emergency and organisers will be contacting everyone involved in the shows about the cancellation of these events.
One of the many reasons why events cannot be postponed is that most of the thousands of plants grown for these shows are chosen because they are at their best in spring.
The four RHS Gardens – RHS Garden Wisley, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, RHS Garden Harlow Carr and RHS Garden Rosemoor – remain open. However all garden events and school visits are cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June.
RHS Libraries at Vincent Square, RHS Garden Wisley and RHS Garden Harlow Carr will all close from 18 March.
Hope for later shows
Organisers hope as they are later in the year, that the following shows may continue, but they will continue to follow Government advice. The option of a full refund apply should this happen.
- RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival: Preview Evening, 6 July. Show, 7–12 July
- RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 22-26 July
- RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show, 5-9 August
- RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show, 14-16 August
- RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show, 8-13 September
Sue Biggs, RHS Director-General, said: “In these unprecedented challenging times we have carefully followed Government advice and made difficult, responsible decisions with the health and safety of people at the foremost of our minds.
“Our RHS shows are vitally important platforms for the horticultural industry, and we are especially aware of the impact of cancelling these events on everyone involved. We will be doing all we can to help growers and nurseries to sell the plants they will have grown for the cancelled shows.
‘Benefit from tranquillity and beauty’
“As with everyone, we have no crystal ball, but for the time being we are planning our Summer Flower Shows and our Gardens remain open, as they are large outside spaces where people can escape in open space and benefit from some tranquillity and beauty, surrounded by nature – all things that are much needed during these unsettling times.
“Things, of course, may change, but whatever decisions we make, safety will be utmost in our mind and we will, like the rest of the world, be monitoring the situation closely.”
For more informati0on visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/.