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.

Large Show

Gardens

Representing the pinnacle of horticultural excellence, the large show gardens are open to applications from designers who have previous experience of creating gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and would like to work with a leading UK charity.

Our Brief

We will announce further information about applying for this category at RHS Chelsea 2023 later this year. If you would like us to keep you informed, please register your interest via the application form or by emailing us.

Who do we have in mind?

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

RHS Chelsea experience.

Our garden criteria

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

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
Space to Grow Garden
Naomi Ferrett-Cohen
Cherub HIV
CAMFED Garden
Jilayne Rickards
CAMFED

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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Application Process

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

29th November ‘21

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 ‘21

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 ‘22 (TBC)

Shortlisted applicants meet and present to PGB selection panel

15th 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

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

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 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

15th 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.

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Journal

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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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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