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Virtual Chelsea will award best plant of the decade

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show will continue this year online. During the virtual show from 18 until 23 May, visitors can choose the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade.

Due to corona, the Royal Horticultural Society was previously forced to cancel the worldfamous exhibition in London. As an alternative, the Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show is being organized on the site of the RHS.

From Monday 18 May until Saturday 23 May, regular Chelsea exhibitors like UK nurseries, garden and landscape designers, florists and gardening personalities will feature in video’s about the newest trends in planting, range of garden plants and new varieties. They will give advice on gardening. Around lunchtime, there are interactive Q&A sessions with RHS advisors joined by special guests. Every day is open to the public, except Monday 18 May which is only for RHS members.

RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade

During the virtual show, the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2020 finalists are announced. And visitors can choose the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Decade, because this annual competition has been held for the last 10 years. The winners every year were:

2010: Streptocarpus ’Harlequin Blue’ (bred by Lynne Dibley, UK)

2011: Anemone Wild Swan (’Macane001’; bred by Elizabeth MacGregor, UK)

2012: Digitalis Illumination Pink (’Tmdgfp001’; bred by Charles Valin, UK)

2013: Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis ’Soft Caress’ (Ozzie Johnson, US)

2014: Hydrangea macrophylla Miss Saori (’H20–2’; Ryoji Irie, Japan)

2015: Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro Sunrise (’Jww5’; Jan Willem Wezelenburg, the Netherlands)

2016: Clematis koreana Amber (’Wit141205’; Marco de Wit, the Netherlands)

2017: Morus ’Waisei-kirishima-shikinari’ (’Matsunaga’; Hajime Matsunaga, Japan)

2018: Hydrangea Runaway Bride Snow White (’USHYD0405’; Ushio Sakazaki, Japan)

2019: Sedum takesimense Atlantis (’Nonsitnal’; Walters Gardens, US)

Image by RHS

Arno Engels
Since 2000 Arno Engels has been editor of De Boomkwekerij, Dutch magazine for hardy nursery stock. Since 2018 he is also Floribusiness editor.

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