Supporting

good causes

designers

RHS Chelsea

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

Funding applications for 2023 are now closed.
In 2022, 2023 & 2024 we will fund and support

42 good causes

partnered with

42 designers

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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140,000+
show visitors
15 hours
BBC coverage
231m
people reached
724,000
RHS social followers
8,000
articles published
1,000
accredited media

Funding categories

All About Plants
Smaller Show Gardens
Large Show Gardens

Show Gardens

Who can apply:

For the smaller show gardens that we fund, RHS Chelsea Flower Show experience is not essential, while it is for the largest show gardens that we fund. Funding applications for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 will open on 1 September 2022.

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.

Show Gardens

Who can apply:

The show garden category is open to both established designers with previous Chelsea experience, and up and coming designers who have exhibited at other RHS shows and are now keen to take on the challenge of Chelsea.

All About Plants

Who can apply:

This category is open to any garden designer, ambitious nursery, plant society or botanical garden with a passion and expertise for putting plants together.

It is our intention that every All About Plants garden team will be assigned a PGB mentor to help guide them through the exhibiting process at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

By taking a charity to Chelsea, you’re taking it to a gobal platform, which for CAMFED was great. The exposure, the feedback and the value that they got from exhibiting at Chelsea was immense - so I couldn’t think of a more fulfilling thing to do as a designer

Jilayne Rickards
Garden Designer

Our trustees

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

Get to know us

Alexandra Denman

Independent Project Manager
,
& former RHS Chelsea Flower Manager

Alex is an experienced horticulturist and was the RHS Chelsea Flower 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 plants people to showcase their talents and appreciates the outstanding benefits it can provide for charities and sponsors. Alex is a Trustee of the Royal Windsor Rose & Horticultural Society and is now an independent event consultant and project manager.

Alexandra Denman

Independent Project Manager
& former RHS Chelsea Flower Manager

Arne Maynard

Founder & Principal Designer
,
Arne Maynard Garden Design

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

Founder & Principal Designer
Arne Maynard Garden Design

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 RHS 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

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 of our funding categories. Every design that PGB commits to funding then goes before the RHS selection panel, who is likely to favour those who have exhibited at one of the other RHS shows like RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival or RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.. So, for Show Garden applications, you have a better 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 new 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 (open from 1 - 23 September 2022 for 2024 expressions of interest). 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 Selection Panel will review your application and make a final selection who will be invited to submit their 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. 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 in future years?

Yes. We would encourage you to reapply to the PGB funding application process with a new concept and design. If you are not successful in receiving PGB funding, you may of course continue with an application to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and we would encourage you to find an alternative source of funding.

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Meet Our Mentors

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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 trustees 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

Katie Tait

PGB Mentor, Communications Director at Maggie’s
,
Maggie's Centres

Chris Marchant

PGB Mentor, Partner at Orchard Dene Nurseries & Gardens Consultant
,
Orchard Dene Nursery

Mark Gregory

PGB Mentor, Managing Director of Landform Consultants
,
Landform Consultants Ltd

Isabella Nunes da Costa

Project Coordinator
,
Project Giving Back

Jennie Spears

PR & Communications Consultant
,
Bloom PR & Communications

Hattie Ghaui

CEO
,
Project Giving Back

Journal

News

Funding applications for 2024 gardens to open

From 1 - 23 September 2022, we will be inviting expressions of interest for garden funding at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

Interview

Looking back on RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

RHS Chelsea 2022 was a vintage year and Project Giving Back is proud to have played its part. Hattie Ghaui, CEO of Project Giving Back, reflects on the charity's first RHS Chelsea Flower Show, celebrates some of the incredible success stories, and looks ahead to the next milestone in the charity's Chelsea journey.

News

Charity status and new CEO confirmed

Hattie Ghaui has been appointed CEO of Project Giving Back, which is now a registered charity.

Interview

The road to Chelsea - what goes into creating a show garden

Once our charities and garden designers have had their design accepted by the RHS, then it’s all systems go. There is a huge amount of organisation involved in creating a show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As former RHS Chelsea Flower Show Manager and RHS Head of Shows Development, our advisory panel member Alexandra Denman is perfectly placed to provide insight into the many things that go into bringing together a successful show garden.

Interview

How Project Giving Back is funded

It is thanks to the generosity of our Founders that Project Giving Back exists to give good causes the opportunity to have a presence at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here our Project Director, Hattie Ghaui, explains more about how our gardens are funded.

Interview

‘Our story so far’ with Chair of our Advisory Panel, Rosie Atkins

When Project Giving Back was first conceived at the beginning of last year, Rosie Atkins was an obvious choice to be invited to get involved. Rosie began her career in journalism at the Sunday Times and 30 years ago launched Gardens Illustrated magazine. After ten years as editor, she left to become Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden. She has ​​chaired various RHS committees and served on the boards of several charities. Here Rosie tells us what made her want to be part of Project Giving Back and why she thinks gardening and good causes are such a good fit.

News

New category of plant-focused gardens announced

We are thrilled to announce the good causes and designers behind four new All About Plants gardens, supported by Project Giving Back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

News

A first look at gardens supported by Project Giving Back in 2022

Project Giving Back will support 12 gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2022. Today we can reveal seven of those gardens, with more to be announced later in January. All gardens supported by Project Giving Back will be unveiled to show visitors and viewers before being relocated to their permanent homes across the UK in summer 2022.

Inspiration

What we loved about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2021

For the first time in the show’s 108-year history, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was held in autumn this year. The sun shone all week and the whole experience was one of relaxed, late summer contentment. We popped along to discover more about how the greatest flower show on Earth offers an unparalleled platform for good causes to tell the world about their work.

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.

News

Funding applications for 2024 gardens to open

From 1 - 23 September 2022, we will be inviting expressions of interest for garden funding at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024.

Interview

Looking back on RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

RHS Chelsea 2022 was a vintage year and Project Giving Back is proud to have played its part. Hattie Ghaui, CEO of Project Giving Back, reflects on the charity's first RHS Chelsea Flower Show, celebrates some of the incredible success stories, and looks ahead to the next milestone in the charity's Chelsea journey.

News

Charity status and new CEO confirmed

Hattie Ghaui has been appointed CEO of Project Giving Back, which is now a registered charity.

Interview

The road to Chelsea - what goes into creating a show garden

Once our charities and garden designers have had their design accepted by the RHS, then it’s all systems go. There is a huge amount of organisation involved in creating a show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As former RHS Chelsea Flower Show Manager and RHS Head of Shows Development, our advisory panel member Alexandra Denman is perfectly placed to provide insight into the many things that go into bringing together a successful show garden.

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