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Chelsea Week

An event-filled taste of Chelsea at the Gardens

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A Taste of Chelsea

Beth Chatto first exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower show in 1977 where she won a gold medal for her stand: Unusual Plants. She went on to win 10 golds in 11 years! (She missed one year due to ill health.)

In celebration of Chelsea Week, we are hosting a 'Taste of Chelsea' while the flower show is running 21st-27th May.

David Ward, who helped Beth create her award-winning exhibits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, has re-constructed a unique Beth Chatto Chelsea display here on the nursery.

Beth's biographer, Catherine Horwood, who unearthed some fascinating facts while going through Beth's archives, will also be speaking about Beth's life and work at a very special evening on 24th May. 
Tickets can be booked by clicking here. 

And on Friday 25th May, there is an exceptional 1-day event where Beth's stories, photographs and experiences of exhibiting at Chelsea will be told by her close friends Chrissy South and Garden Director David Ward. 
Tickets can be booked by clicking here.

Behind the scenes tours run every day from 21st through to 26th starting at 1.30pm and last for around 30 minutes, bookable in person on the day at the Kiosk.  On arrival at the Gardens please go to the Kiosk to book your tour.  Only 20 people per tour so book early on the day!

26th 10am Free demonstration of how our Gardens and Estate Teams maintain our lush lawns in the Gardens.  Please report to the Kiosk at 9.50am on 26th.  Garden entrance fee applies unless you hold a Friends of the Garden annual membership.

And of course, the Gardens, Nursery, Tearoom and Giftshop will be open as usual.

We look forward to welcoming you for a Taste of Chelsea during Chelsea Week.

FAQ
  • Can I order something that you don't sell?

    We stock over 2000 varieties of plant and not all of them make it onto our website. If there is a specific variety or plant you are after, please email us on packhouse@bethchatto.co.uk

  • Availability

    Stock levels are kept fully updated on our website.  If you plan to visit our Nursery please do check our website for current availability before travelling.  Alternatively please email us on packhouse@bethchatto.co.uk and we will be happy to help. 

  • What size pots will my plants be supplied in?

    We sell our plants in three different sized pots dependent upon their growth needs:

    • 9cm – for all our alpine plants
    • 1 litre –  for the majority of our herbaceous perennials
    • 2 litre – for shrubs and those herbaceous perennials which require a larger root run
  • Where do you deliver?

    We are pleased to be able to deliver our plants throughout the UK and Ireland.  Unfortunately, we are currently unable to deliver overseas.

  • How much does delivery cost?

    Rather than absorb the cost of postage within our plant price we prefer to charge a realistic postage and packing charge.

     

    For orders dispatched to England, Wales and Scottish Lowlands the charge for delivery is:

    • £9.95 for orders up to £200
    • £15.00 for orders from £200 to £500
    • £20.00 for all orders over £500

     

    Please see our Delivery & Returns Page for more information - and charges for Scottish Highlands & Islands, Northern Ireland, Irish Republic and the Channel Isles.

  • When will I receive my order?

    Once you’ve placed your order online you will receive a confirmation email.  Your order will then be dealt with as quickly as possible by our experienced mail order team. During peak periods it can take up to 10 working days to receive your plants.  Once the team have selected your plants the status of your order will change to “processing”.  Finally - when your order has been carefully prepared and boxed and is ready to be collected by our courier - you will receive a dispatch email and can expect your plants to arrive the following day (for England, Wales & Scottish Lowlands).  We use a special fragile overnight delivery service to ensure that your plants spend the minimum amount of time in transit. Please see our Delivery & Returns Page for more information - and for delivery times to Scottish Highlands & Islands, Northern Ireland, Irish Republic and the Channel Isles.

  • How do I track my delivery?

    Once you receive your dispatch email click on the tracking number link and you will be redirected to our couriers APC. Enter your tracking number and postcode there and you will be able to track the progess of your parcel(s).

     

  • Why has my plant been cut back?

    Traditionally the mail order plant season has run from October to March. This was because many plants would dormant during this time of the year and foliage would either be reduced or absent, making them easier to post.

    Now mail order runs all year round and thus requires us to maybe cut back some of your plants, particularly from April to October. Plants with tall flowering stems and lots of foliage may lose a great deal of water in transit and cutting back helps reduce this stress. Cutting back will not harm your plants but will help in their establishment by promoting new root and shoot growth once planted.

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