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Virtual Chelsea competition: win tickets for 2021’s show!

Flame tulip taken on May 1 - can I enter?
Flame tulip taken on May 1 - can I enter?

RHS and The One Show’s competition for gardening pictures runs until May 18, 2020

Many people have taken up gardening to help them cope with the pressures of lockdown and The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BBC1’s The One Show have joined forces to launch a competition to win 4 tickets to next year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The show was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic but it is still being celebrated online with Virtual Chelsea, from May 18-23.

One winner from each category will receive 4 tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021* and a special RHS Award commending their garden.

The RHS and The One Show are asking you to share photos of your green spaces – in one of the four categories below – and hear how plants are helping you through these challenging times.

Picture categories

  • Back Garden
  • Front Garden
  • Indoor Garden (houseplants, windowsills, balconies, etc)
  • Kids’ Corner Garden

Organisers hope that people will flood their social media feeds with positive images of plants and beautiful gardens to help ease anxiety, using the hashtag #mychelseagarden.

My Chelsea Garden logoPeople can enter via The One Show online (where you can find the terms and privacy notice) by submitting one current picture of their garden in one of the four categories and say in up to 250 words how the garden is helping them.

Closing date

The competition is open now and closes at midnight on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Judges are The One Show presenter Alex Jones, Monty Don, RHS Head of Shows Judging, James Alexander-Sinclair and Sue Biggs, RHS Director-General.

Alex Jones said: “From window boxes and balconies to the more traditional outside space, I can’t wait to hear how growing and planting has been helping people get through this extraordinary time and I’m excited to see the results of everyone’s creative efforts.”

Terms and conditions

*Value of four 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show tickets are worth approximately £280 plus £200 towards travel. Accommodation not included. Pictures must be of people’s own indoor or outdoor gardens and must be taken between Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 18, 2020. Only over 18s can submit an entry. If under 18, they will need to ask a parent or guardian to enter on their behalf.

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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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