Chelsea Flower Show History

Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea, London

Tuesday 18 May - Saturday 21 May 2021


The first RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which was known as the Great Spring Show, was held in 1862 in Kensington. The show was held there for twenty-six years.

In 1888 the RHS decided to move the show to the heart of London at  the Temple Gardens, using two marquees from the old Kensington show. The show was a huge success with exhibits from both amateurs and commercial firms.

By 1897 the show had grown to five marquees with many of the best known plant and seed merchants being attracted to the event including Suttons and Sons.

In 1912, the Temple Show was cancelled to make way for the Royal International Horticultural Exhibition. Sir Harry Veitch secured the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, for this one-off event. The site was such a success that the show moved there in 1913, since then it has taken place there nearly every year.