The Chelsea Flower Show was due to run from May 19th to 23rd, but due to the current lockdown, the highlight of the horticultural year has been taken online. Here at Heyland & Whittle, we are as sad about the cancellation of the event as anyone and are looking forward to meeting many of our flower-loving customers in person next year.
In the meantime, there are a number of ways to bring the joy of the Chelsea Flower Show into your own home. It will lift your spirits in these difficult times and remind you that the beautiful abundance of nature continues despite the current circumstances.
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Click on to Virtual Chelsea
The clever people behind the Chelsea Flower Show are making sure you still get your fix, despite not being able to open the gates to the Royal Hospital Chelsea as planned. They are hosting a Virtual Chelsea, where you can enjoy a whole host of online events from the comfort of your own home.
Enjoy new videos each day of the show from a selection of presenters and experts, offering up inspiration, hints and tips for your own garden. Pose your most pressing questions to Royal Horticultural Society advisors at the lunchtime Q&A sessions to get your plants blooming to perfection. Take a peek behind the scenes at some of Chelsea’s most successful nurseries with specially created tours.
You’ll also get your chance to vote in categories such as RHS Plant of the Decade, RHS Chelsea Product of the Year and the BBC/RHS People’s Choice Garden of the Decade. So, think back to all the plants and gardens you’ve enjoyed at Chelsea over the years to help decide which ones should be receiving medals this year.
If you’re currently home schooling then you can get the kids involved too. The School Gardening Club sets them activities, teaches your little ones how to grow their own plants and offers plenty of opportunities to connect with nature. You may have your own green-fingered Chelsea exhibitors in the making by the end of the week.
Exhibit your own flowers
While we’re all very appreciative of our gardens, balconies and outside spaces during lockdown, it can be easy to overlook bringing flowers into our homes. After all, without visitors many of us can feel it’s not worth cutting blooms and placing them in jugs, as there’s nobody to impress. Well, in honour of Chelsea, we think it’s worth creating your own arrangements for the centre of the dinner table, your working from home space and your bedroom cabinet.
A lot of gardeners find they’re not the best at presenting their flowers in a vase or a jug, so lockdown could be the perfect time to improve your skills. There are lots of online flower arranging courses available, as well as YouTube videos. Take a little bit of time to research simple techniques that really show off your stems and once we can all start inviting guests back into our homes, your visitors will be impressed with the ways you present your blooms.
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Wash your hands the Chelsea way
Heyland & Whittle is the official partner for hand washing at the Chelsea Flower Show. Every year, we stock the loos with our fresh-scented washes and lotions. You may remember lathering up with our Wild Lemongrass Hand & Body Wash last year, or even the joyous Clementine & Prosecco Hand & Body Wash.
This year, we were planning to put bottles of our Cherry Blossom Hand & Body Wash in the toilets for you to enjoy, evoking the quintessential scent of spring. We’d also selected the refined fragrance of tea for you all, with the Earl Grey Hand & Body Wash. Both of these products are available in a Gift Set with an accompanying Hand & Body Lotion to help keep your hands soft and supple after all that hand washing.
Shop our full range of Hand & Body Washes and Lotions to bring the scents of Chelsea into your home here.