Applications for 2025 funding are now closed.
Applications for 2025 funding are now closed.

All About

Plants

This category was successfully introduced at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 and proved hugely popular with visitors. Situated in the Great Pavilion, it is open to designers who are new to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, nurseries, plant societies and botanic gardens, with a vision that focuses on great planting combinations for a good cause. Designers in this category are encouraged to submit concepts and designs that are at least 80% planted and should note that excavations are not possible in the Great Pavilion.

Our Brief

All About Plants was introduced as a new garden category at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Situated in the Great Pavilion, gardens are intended to showcase plants in all their glory, where possible sourced from specialist nurseries.

All About Plants gardens will follow the usual RHS application process and will be judged by the RHS as a category in their own right. Gardens supported by Project Giving Back will be acknowledged as such on show signage and in the RHS Show Guide.

Who do we have in mind?

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.

Our garden criteria

Each All About Plants garden plot is 8m x 6m in size and must be at least 80% planted. No excavations are permitted in the Great Pavilion, so designers should be mindful of this when planning their planting schemes.

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.

Contact us

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
The Teapot Trust Elsewhere Garden
The Talitha Arts Garden
School Food Matters Garden
The Sadler's Wells East Garden
Choose Love Garden
The Natural Affinity Garden for Aspens
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.
Contact Us

Mentoring Opportunities

We will be announcing our mentoring scheme soon

Laura Quinn

Digital Content Manager
Project Giving Back

Isabella Nunes da Costa

Project Lead
Project Giving Back

Jennie Spears

PR & Communications Consultant
Bloom PR & Communications

Hattie Ghaui

CEO
Project Giving Back

Application Process

2024 Application process

1st September '22

Open to expressions of interest

23rd September ‘22

Deadline for expressions of interest

w/c 26th September ‘22

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

3rd October '22

Long list of applicants invited to submit written brief + moodboards for Monday 28th November

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

w/c 12th 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

27th/28th February ‘23 (TBC)

Shortlisted applicants meet and present to PGB selection panel

April ‘23

PGB funding choices selected and informed

25th May ‘23

PGB Workshop at The Garden Museum

May ‘23

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 applications open

September ‘23

RHS selection panel decisions (exact date TBC)

October ‘23

PGB funding contracts and payment schedules in place

2024 Application process

1st September '22

Open to expressions of interest

23rd September ‘22

Deadline for expressions of interest

w/c 26th September ‘22

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

3rd October '22

Long list of applicants invited to submit written brief + moodboards by Monday 28th November

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

w/c 12th 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

27th/28th February ‘23 (TBC)

Shortlisted applicants meet and present to PGB selection panel

April ‘23

PGB funding choices selected and informed

25th May ‘23

PGB Workshop at The Garden Museum

May ‘23

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 applications open

September ‘23

RHS selection panel decisions (exact date TBC)

October ‘23

PGB funding contracts and payment schedules in place

2025 Application process

22nd September '23

Open to expressions of interest

3rd November ‘23

Deadline for expressions of interest

early November ‘23

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

w/c 18th December '23

Long list of applicants invited to submit written brief + moodboards by Monday 18th December

27th/28th February ‘24 (TBC)

Shortlisted applicants meet and present to PGB selection panel

April ‘24

PGB funding choices selected and informed

25th May ‘24

PGB Workshop at The Garden Museum

September ‘24

RHS selection panel decisions (exact date TBC)

October ‘24

PGB funding contracts and payment schedules in place

Visit the 2023 gardens for good causes

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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 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.

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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