Funding applications for RHS Chelsea 2023 are now closed.
For 2024, we will open applications in September 2022.
Funding applications for RHS Chelsea 2023 are now closed. For 2024, we will open applications in September 2022.

All About

Plants

This category is a new category open to designers who are new to Chelsea, nurseries, plant societies and botanic gardens, wishing to bring great planting combinations together for a good cause. Designers in this category are encouraged to submit concepts and designs that are at least 80% planted.

Our Brief

‘All About Plants’ is a new design competition category run and staged by Project Giving Back in accordance with RHS rules and regulations.

It will be judged by the RHS. The gardens will follow the usual RHS application process and will be acknowledged as Project Giving Back Gardens through a logo on their signage, in their brochures and in the RHS Show Guide.

Who do we have in mind?

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.

Our garden criteria

Gardens will feature 6 exhibits approx 35 to 50m² with at least 70% planted.

12 themed categories for designers to select from:
Grow your own
Horticultural societies
Volunteering
Educational
Specialist growers
Climate
Urban lifestyle
Modern
Sustainability
Biodiversity
Ethnobotanical
Historical

Partnering with a good cause

We encourage designers and charities to form a partnership before applying for funding from Project Giving Back. However, if you are yet to form a partnership between a designer and a good cause and would like to arrange a guidance call with the Project Giving Back team, please get in touch.

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Previous examples of gardens for good causes at Chelsea

High Maintenance Garden
Sue Ha
Motor Neurone Disease
Embroidered Minds Epilepsy Garden
Kati Crome
Embroidered Minds
Walker's Wharf Garden
Graham Bodle
Doncaster Deaf Trust
CWGC Centenary Garden
David Domoney
CWGC
The Resilience Garden
Sarah Eberle
Forestry Commission
Morgan Stanley Garden
Chris Beardshaw
NSPCC
Linklater Garden
Darren Hawkes
Maggie's
Lemon Tree Trust garden
Tom Massey
Lemon Tree Trust
Breast Cancer Now Garden
Ruth Wilmott
Breast Cancer UK
Myeloma UK Garden
John Everiss & Francesca Murrell
Myeloma
Donkey Sanctuary Garden
Christina Williams & Anne Prebens
Donkey Sanctuary
Space to Grow Garden
Naomi Ferrett-Cohen
Cherub HIV
CAMFED Garden
Jilayne Rickards
CAMFED
The Wedgwood Garden
Jo Thompson
Wedgwood
The M&G Garden
Cleve West
M&G
A Perfumer's Garden in Grasse
James Basson
L'Occitane
South African Protea Display
South African protea display - 2016
A Textile Garden for Fashion Revolution
Core Arts Front Garden Revolution
Mothers for Mothers Garden
Wilderness Foundation UK Garden

Partnering with a good cause

All About Plants is the only scheme that is for the specific benefit of horticultural charities. Applicants

We encourage designers and charities to form a partnership before applying for funding from Project Giving Back. However, if you are yet to form a partnership between a designer and a good cause and would like to arrange a guidance call with the Project Giving Back team, please get in touch.
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Mentoring Opportunities

We will be announcing our mentoring scheme soon

Project Giving Back

Administrator
Project Giving Back

Isabella Nunes da Costa

Project Coordinator
Project Giving Back

Jennie Spears

PR & Comms
Bloom PR & Communications

Hattie Ghaui

Project Director
Project Giving Back

Application Process

2023 Application process

1st October '22

Open to expressions of interest

15th November ‘22

Deadline for expressions of interest

22nd November ‘22

Applicants screened and long-list ready for review by PGB panel

29th November ‘22

Long list of applicants invited to submit written brief + moodboards

  • Final meeting with the Project Giving Back Panel.
  • Successful applicants invited to prepare full application for the RHS selection process

15th December ‘22

Shortlist of applicants informed and given a grant to evolve application into formal presentation including concept sketch, masterplan, planting plan, budget breakdown and storytelling strategy for the good cause

15th/16th February ‘23 (TBC)

Shortlisted applicants meet and present to PGB selection panel

21st March ‘23

PGB funding choices selected and informed

26th May ‘23

PGB Workshop at the Garden Museum

May ‘23

RHS Chelsea Flower Show applications open

September ‘23

RHS selection panel decisions (exact date TBC)

October ‘23

PGB funding contracts and payment schedules in place

Application process

1st October '21

Open to expressions of interest

15th November ‘21

Deadline for expressions of interest

22nd November ‘21

Applicants screened and long-list ready for review by PGB panel

2nd December ‘21

24th December '21

Long list of applicants invited to submit written brief + moodboards, which must be submitted to info@givingback.org.uk by Friday 24th December

  • Final meeting with the Project Giving Back Panel.
  • Successful applicants invited to prepare full application for the RHS selection process

15th January '22

Shortlist of applicants informed and given a grant to evolve application into formal presentation including concept sketch, masterplan, planting plan, budget breakdown and storytelling strategy for the good cause

22nd/23rd February ‘22 (TBC)

Shortlisted applicants meet and present to PGB selection panel

21st March ‘22

PGB funding choices selected and informed

26th May ‘22

PGB Workshop at the Garden Museum

May ‘22

RHS Chelsea Flower Show applications open

September ‘22

RHS selection panel decisions (exact date TBC)

October ‘22

PGB funding contracts and payment schedules in place

Register your interest for 2024.

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Journal

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.

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.

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

Charity status and new CEO confirmed

Hattie Ghaui 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.

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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?

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