The Chelsea Flower Show 2021 was unlike any other — Virtual Chelsea was May 18 through May 21 and the Chelsea Flower Show was September 21 – 26. The September show included twenty-seven gardens and two new garden categories–Balcony Gardens and Container Gardens.

The Virtual Chelsea videos, which you can see on the video tab of the RHS YouTube Channel, focus on plants. famous garden designers’ gardens, and the design plans for the September Chelsea Flower Show gardens. I found the videos fascinating, especially since the video design plans for the September show gardens are quite fascinating when you compare them to the actual show gardens.

Unfortunately, there aren’t walk-throughs of the Chelsea Flower Show on YouTube; but, if you have BritBox, you can watch all seven episodes of the BBC’s show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021.

If you are making your journey through the September Chelsea Flower Show, click here to see the Royal Horticultural Society You Tube channel’s gorgeous introduction to the Chelsea Flower Show 2021. After that, you can browse Gardens Illustrated’s great coverage of the show in Our Best of Chelsea 2021.

Some of my favorites from my exploration included:

This Year’s Container Gardens

  • The Hot Tin Roof Garden – a beautiful urban patio garden with lush greens & textures
  • Pop Street Garden – full of energy and bright colors
  • Stolen Soul Garden – designed to raise awareness of mental health issues
  • The Urban Pocket Forest – I had to look up the Miyawaki method of creating diverse multi layered forests after looking at this garden

This Year’s Artisan Gardens

I enjoyed the hardscaping in both the Guide Dogs 90th Anniversary Garden and the Blue Diamond Forge Garden.

This Year’s Balcony Gardens

The Sky Sanctuary was my fav.

This Year’s Sanctuary Gardens

The Parsley Box spoke to me. Reading about it made me hungry 🙂

This Year’s Show Gardens

Yeo Valley Organic Garden….wow. Just wow.

After reading all of the above, I found Growing for Chelsea, a behind the scenes article before the show, to be quite fascinating. I hope you get the chance to look at these videos and articles and enjoy a little peace of mind. Someday I want to get to the Chelsea Flower Show. Maybe I’ll see you there. Happy gardening!