Grow & Show Competition

RHS and BBC One’s The One Show announce My Chelsea Garden, a competition to get the nation to ‘grow and show’ and celebrate their gardens and green spaces.

After a popular and successful competition last year, The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BBC One’s The One Show are joining forces again to launch My Chelsea Garden, a competition encouraging amateur gardeners across the nation to share images of their green spaces and growing efforts in search of the very best. 

The charity and broadcaster are asking people to enter a current picture of their garden or green space in one of the following categories:

  • Back Garden
  • Front Garden
  • Alternative Garden (Houseplants, window sills, balconies etc.)
  • Community Garden (a single piece of land that has been gardened collectively by a group of people from more than one household).

As part of the competition, the RHS and The One Show also want to know how people’s gardens have helped them over the last year.

This year, one additional winner will be chosen from across the four categories for a special prize ‘best in show’. This will be the judge’s choice and will be the entry which has most captured how gardening has helped us at this time.

One winner from each category and the ‘best in show’ will receive four public day tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021* and a special RHS Award commending their Garden.

The judges are One Show presenter Alex Jones, writer and broadcaster Monty Don, RHS Head of Judging at RHS Shows, James Alexander Sinclair, author and small gardens expert Isabelle Palmer, and Head of the One Show Rob Unsworth.

The RHS and The One Show hope that people will also flood their social media feeds with positive images of plants and beautiful gardens to help ease anxiety and provide some respite in these challenging times, using the hashtag #mychelseagarden.

The RHS believes that thousands more people took up gardening during lockdown with some 30 million people visiting its website last year. Research by the RHS has shown that having a greener garden reduces stress levels, and can make you feel happier, more relaxed and closer to nature.**

The One Show presenter Alex Jones said; “I thoroughly enjoyed getting to look at our viewers gardens last year and I’m so excited to do it again in 2021. Gardening has been so important to so many people in the last 12 months and I can’t wait to team up with The RHS, Monty Don, and our new judge Isabelle Palmer, to see all of your hard work.”

RHS Head of Shows Judging, James Alexander-Sinclair, said: “People have never gardened and grown plants so much in a time when they have never needed it more. 

“It’s joyous seeing the efforts people have gone to when creating some really very special gardens.  With RHS Chelsea Flower Show being postponed until September, we love that we can celebrate and share people’s best efforts to green up their outside and inside spaces in May when the world famous gardening event usually takes place.”

People can enter the competition by visiting where you will also find the terms and privacy notice. They’ll be asked to submit one current picture of their garden in one of the four categories, give a short description of their gardening space and say in up to 200 words how the garden they have submitted has helped them in the last 12 months.  The competition will open at 7PM Tuesday 6th April 2021 and close just before midnight on Sunday 18th April 2021. The One Show is on every week day 7PM on BBC One.

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