Supporting

designers.

RHS Chelsea

good causes

Project Giving Back gives charitable organisations in the UK the chance to exhibit with a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to promote their cause while supporting the horticultural industry.

Register your application now:
Funding applications for 2023 are now closed.

We’re open to good causes of all shapes and sizes.

From regional causes to national names, community projects to not-for-profit organisations, Project Giving Back aims to support a diverse spread of good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show each year. 

For the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022, we will be funding 12 gardens for good causes, including:

A unique opportunity for good causes in the UK.

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

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

Funding categories

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All About Plants
Smaller Show Gardens
Large Show Gardens

All About Plants

Who can apply:

Designers who are new to Chelsea, specialist nurseries, plant societies or botanic gardens, in partnership with a UK-registered charity, community interest company or not-for-profit organisation.

Smaller Show Gardens

Who can apply:

Landscape and garden designers who have exhibited at a RHS flower show before, in partnership with a UK-registered charity or community interest company, who are interested in design a show garden of approximately 10m x 12m.

Large Show Gardens

Who can apply:

Landscape and garden designers who have experience of creating a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, in partnership with a UK-registered charity that has a national presence.

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

Large 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.

Get to know us

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 of 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 of Crocus
& RHS Vice President

Alexandra Denman

Independent Project Manager
,
& former RHS Chelsea Flower

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

Independent Project Manager
& former RHS Chelsea Flower

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

Can I apply if I have no prior experience of designing a garden at Chelsea?

Yes. While experience of designing and / or building a show garden is beneficial, we are keen to encourage new talent and do not require Chelsea experience in some garden categories. Every design goes before the RHS selection panel who are likely to favour those who have exhibited at one of the other RHS shows like RHS Flower Show Tatton Park or RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. So, you have more chance of being accepted if you have designed a garden at one of the other RHS shows. However, please do not let this prevent you from applying - the category 'All About Plants' is designed to encourage interesting and creative talent and we are keen to hear from all interested designers.

The first step is to register your interest with Project Giving Back via our online form. We prefer designers and good causes to apply together, but will accept applications from either individually. If you are successfully selected at the first stage, we will invite you to submit a fully costed design plan and invite you to present your ideas via video call. The Project Giving Back Advisory Panel will make a final selection who will be invited to submit the design to the RHS selection panel.

How does the Project Giving Back selection 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 for PGB funding in partnership with a good cause. 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 and PGB funding is not a guarantee of space allocation at the show.


If I am turned down for PGB funding can I reapply?

Yes. If you meet all the criteria you can request that your design be reconsidered for a future RHS Chelsea Flower Show and/or you can still apply directly to the RHS without PGB funding.

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Use your knowledge and experience to give back

Become a mentor

We are looking for volunteer mentors to work alongside our Project Director and advisory panel to give advice and support via webinars and blogs that will be shared on our website. 

Get in touch to express an interest in becoming a PGB mentor. 

Contact Us

Arne Maynard

Internationally-renowned
,
garden designer

Mark Fane

Chief Executive of Crocus
,
& RHS Vice President

Alexandra Denman

Independent Project Manager
,
& former RHS Chelsea Flower

Rosie Atkins

Curator, Editor &
,
RHS Vice President

Journal

Interview

Meet the team: Introducing Hattie Ghaui, PGB Project Director

We’re thrilled to welcome Hattie Ghaui to the Project Giving Back team. She joins as Project Director and will oversee all funding applications from good causes, designers, nurseries and other interested parties.

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.

Interview

Meet the team: Introducing Hattie Ghaui, PGB Project Director

We’re thrilled to welcome Hattie Ghaui to the Project Giving Back team. She joins as Project Director and will oversee all funding applications from good causes, designers, nurseries and other interested parties.

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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