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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.

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Hattie Ghaui

Published on:

June 14, 2022

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RHS Chelsea 2022 was a vintage year and Project Giving Back is proud to have played its part.

The dust - both metaphorical and literal - has had a chance to settle and with many of our gardens for good causes relocated or well on their way to being completed, we’ve had a chance to reflect as a team. For a year, we’ve been working with garden designers, charitable organisations and the RHS to make Project Giving Back’s first year of funding as impactful as possible and we’re bowled over by and incredibly proud of the reception the 12 PGB-sponsored gardens have received.

Our founders and trustees had a hunch that funding gardens for good causes could have a huge impact, but it wasn’t until the show opened its gates to the public this year that we truly realised what their idea had enabled. Seeing how designers and organisations had approached the opportunity in such different ways, and hearing people’s reactions to the gardens and the stories that inspired them, has reaffirmed my conviction that this slightly unusual form of philanthropy can have a ripple effect that will help the groups we fund achieve their goals and leave a stronger legacy.

We have loved every minute of working with our 2022 teams, all of whom brought something different and innovative to the show this year. Time and time again, the themes of nature, wellbeing and the positive power of gardening were showcased and really struck a chord with visitors. The garden teams were delighted with their fantastic clutch of medals including two awards for the best garden in their category.

We strive to ensure the gardens we support really make the most of their time at the show and beyond. The charities involved this year worked hard to maximise the unique fundraising, networking and cultivation opportunities the show allows, as well as generating enormous media attention that shone a light on the incredible services they provide. We are now thrilled to see the gardens being relocated to their new locations across the country from Cumbria to Kent.

Setting up PGB and reaching this important first milestone of our first Chelsea has been a huge team effort, not only from our direct working group but also with the many designers, charity teams, landscapers, nurseries, creative agencies and freelancers, the RHS and many more, and I’d like to thank everybody that has been part of our journey so far.

With designs for the 2023 show currently going through the RHS selection process, we are already looking ahead to plans for 2024 show gardens.

We are inviting expressions of interest from garden designers and UK registered charities from 1st September until the end of October 2022. Find out more here.

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