Virtual Chelsea Flower Show
While COVID-19 continues to delay and cancel events and gatherings, the RHS has not allowed it to stop people form enjoying the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. They have taken one of the biggest garden shows online this year to allow everyone to enjoy Virtual Chelsea. The Royal Family have a long history with the RHS, the Queen having acted as patron since 1952.
This week, the royal family have been supporting the organization yet again, this time via social media. At the beginning of Virtual Chelsea, they participated in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign where they shared some of their favorite plants and flowers at this time of the year. Favorites of the royal family included Lily of the valley, delphiniums, azaleas, daises, sweet peas and golden celebration roses. Many members of the royal family have expressed their love of gardening and partner with charities and organizations that promote a love of gardening and horticulture.
The Prince of Wales is particularly known for his love of gardening and horticulture. He has taken up several initiatives to promote the activity and actively works with people in the agricultural sector in order to ensure sustainable practices. Typically, the Prince of Wales even opens up the gardens at some of his residences across the U.K. and shares photos online in order to allow the public a chance to enjoy it.
The Duchess of Cambridge has also joined in in marking Virtual Chelsea by sharing a never-before-seen photo from the construction of her #BacktoNature garden at the 2019 Chelsea Flower show. Catherine has spoken at length about how much she enjoys being outdoors and spending time as a family in nature. She is also a huge advocate of the positive impact nature can have on your mental health.
They are also encouraging people to share photos of their own gardens in order to show off some beauty and brighten peoples days during particularly challenging times. I have shared some photos on twitter with the following prompts and I encourage you all to do the same! Make sure to tag @WomenWindsor so I can see all of your beautiful garden photos!
1. My favorite flowers and plants found in my garden
2. My favorite flowers and plants ever
3. Gardens I have visited or hope to visit one day
4. My favorite #RHSChelsea Gardens.
This is the first time ever the Chelsea Flower Show has been online. You can visit the RHS for a timetable of events from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd May which include gardening advice and virtual sessions.