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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022: best show garden revealed – plus all the medal winners

After a few years of pandemic disruption, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has finally returned to its roots in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in late May. This year there are 25 different Show and Sanctuary gardens vying for attention, along with a further 18 smaller gardens, each offering the trademark invention and intrigue which regular visitors have come to associate with the show.  

As the first proper Chelsea that’s back in business after lockdown, the pandemic’s fingerprints are all over the gardens. Designers have used their horticultural craft to explore all sorts of societal issues, including mental health, connection to each other and the natural world, and climate change, as well as more escapist themes like travel and imagining what the future might look like. 

Chelsea planting has also been affected by events. Long-time visitors to Chelsea might well note how muted and informal the planting is this year – a few purples, plums and crimsons light up the predominantly green background of native trees and shrubs such as hawthorn, sorbus and beech. The lack of floral fireworks reflects a real shortage of material – the impact of the pandemic on commercial suppliers and the effect of Brexit on plant imports from Europe. 

Still, there’s no denying that this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is a treat to behold and such a welcome return for garden-lovers. The question now is: which of the most prestigious show gardens have won a coveted RHS Gold medal and the highest accolade of all: Best in Show?

Each of the exhibits is judged by a pool of gardening experts from across the horticultural industry. The gardens are assessed on plants (nomenclature, health, quality and vigour, absence of pest and disease, range of plant material and relevance), overall impression (impact, creativity, balance and scale) and endeavour (the difficulty of growing the plants and level of difficulty in staging the display, and originality).

Without further ado, here are all the medal winners of the Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

Chelsea Flower Show Best In Show 2022

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