Supporting

charities.

designers.

RHS Chelsea.

Project Giving Back is an open invitation to UK charities to apply for a grant to stage a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that will promote their aims while encouraging horticultural excellence.

Register your application now:
Registration for gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 is now closed.
Over the next 3 years we will be funding and supporting

42 charities

partnering them with

42 designers

We’re open to all charities,
of all shapes and sizes.

From smaller local charities to household names, Project Giving Back is providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to stage fully-funded gardens at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

For the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 we will be working with 14 organisations including:

A unique fundraising opportunity for UK charities.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show attracts a huge amount of media coverage worldwide.

More about RHS Chelsea
168,000
show visitors
15 hours
BBC coverage
231m
people reached
724,000
RHS social followers
8,000
articles published
1,000
accredited media

The gardens

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All About Plants
Smaller Show Gardens
Show Gardens

All About Plants

Who can apply:

New designers, specialist nurseries, plant societies and botanic gardens that would like to exhibit in collaboration with a UK charity.

Smaller Show Gardens

Who can apply:

Landscape & garden designers who have already exhibited at other RHS flower shows and who want to design a show garden of approximately 10x 12 in size in collaboration with a UK charity

Show Gardens

Who can apply:

Landscape & garden designers who have had experience of creating gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and who are excited by the prospect of working with a leading UK charity.

All About Plants

Who can apply:

Open to any budding garden designer, ambitious nursery, plant society and botanical garden with a passion and expertise for putting plants together.

It is the intention that every All About Plants scheme entrant will be assigned a mentor to help guide them through the exhibiting process at RHS Chelsea.

Smaller Show Gardens

Who can apply:

Landscape & garden designers who have already exhibited at other RHS flower shows and who want to design a show garden of approximately 10x 12 in size in collaboration with a UK charity

Show Gardens

Who can apply:

The category is open to all landscape and garden designers, ideally who have had previous

RHS Chelsea experience.

RHS Chelsea was brilliant for me in that it allowed me to explore good plantsmanship, fast track ideas and put them into action. The immediacy of building a garden for 5 days was so very different from the reality of making a real garden. There was energy and excitement in the process and that was very tangible
in the outcome.

Dan Pearson
Garden Designer

Our advisory Panel

We understand the significance of exhibiting at RHS Chelsea so we’ve brought together some of the brightest and best in the horticultural world to help guide entrants.

Our people

Arne Maynard

Internationally renowned
,
garden designer

Central to Arne's work as an international garden designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and belonging. He has a collaborative approach to design and believes that to succeed, a garden must relate and respond to its surrounding landscape, its history and to the buildings within and around its confines, as well as to the needs of its owners. Arne is an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal and Best in Show winning designer and is hailed by his profession as one of most important garden designers working today.

Arne Maynard

Internationally renowned
garden designer

Mark Fane

Chief Executive Crocus &
,
RHS Vice President

Mark is Chief Executive of Crocus and has worked with many of the top garden designers over the last 20 years, building over 30 Show Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and winning 29 Gold Medals and 11 Best in Shows. Between 2009 and 2019 he was a Trustee on the RHS Council as well as serving on the RHS Commercial Board, the Investment Board and the Nominations and Governance Board. He became a Vice-president of the RHS in 2019. He is currently the Chairman of the Garden Museum and a Trustee of the Chatsworth House Trust.

Mark Fane

Chief Executive Crocus &
RHS Vice President

Alexandra Denman

Former RHS Chelsea
,
Show Manager

Alexandra is a Horticulturalist and was the RHS Chelsea Show Manager and then Head of Shows Development, from 2006 to 2014. During this time, she curated the horticultural content of the show overseeing hundreds of exhibits. She worked closely with designers, charities and sponsors to manage the complexities of exhibiting and help them realise their dreams.She is passionate about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the opportunities it presents for designers and plantspeople to showcase their talents and the outstanding benefits it can provide for charities and sponsors. Alexandra is a Trustee of the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society.

Alexandra Denman

Former RHS Chelsea
Show Manager

Rosie Atkins

Curator, Editor &
,
RHS Vice President

Rosie started her journalistic career at the Sunday Times.  In 1992 she launched and edited the award-winning magazine Gardens Illustrated leaving to become Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden in 2001. During that time she served on the Council of the Linnean Society and the Royal Horticultural Society where she is now a Vice-President. Rosie is a founder trustee of London Gardens’ Network; chairman emeritus of RHS Woody Plant Committee and Trustee of Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

Rosie Atkins

Curator, Editor &
RHS Vice President

A few frequently asked questions

How do exhibitors attract press coverage? 

RHS Chelsea attracts a huge amount of media interest. If the garden is selected for the show, the charity and designer will have the chance to promote their story to the media and work with the RHS press office to maximise opportunities. They will be invited to organise a photo call on the garden on press day and take advantage of the many other media opportunities available at the show. Any press activity should be coordinated in conversation with the RHS press office. Charities are encouraged to find interesting and creative ways to get their message across and the story behind the garden is often of interest to media.

What does the Project Giving Back grant cover?

Every applicant will need to submit a budget for approval. Each grant will be sufficient to cover the design and build of the garden. Funding may also be available for relocation of the garden after the show. Accommodation during build-up may be included but additional hospitality is not. Additional costs to be borne by charities will be advised by the RHS once the application is selected.    

How does this process relate to the RHS Selection Process?

Project Giving Back is not an alternative to the RHS selection process. Our aim is to identify interesting designers, nurseries and horticultural groups and encourage them to apply. However, if you are successful in being selected by Project Giving Back, you will still need to apply to the RHS in the usual way.

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Mentoring Opportunities

We will be looking for volunteer mentors to work alongside our advisory panel as soon as our Project Director joins the team in July. The mentoring scheme will be available to anyone who has received a grant or to any charity linked to a Project Giving Back garden or exhibit.

Arne Maynard

Internationally renowned
,
garden designer

Mark Fane

Chief Executive Crocus &
,
RHS Vice President

Alexandra Denman

Former RHS Chelsea
,
Show Manager

Rosie Atkins

Curator, Editor &
,
RHS Vice President

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News

Project Giving Back announced

We're so pleased to be able to announce a new and unique organisation that will provide funding for gardens inspired by UK charities and not-for-profit organisations at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

News

Project Giving Back announced

We're so pleased to be able to announce a new and unique organisation that will provide funding for gardens inspired by UK charities and not-for-profit organisations at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

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