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Buy a piece of the Gold Medal Winning RNLI Garden from RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Lifeboats News Release

Following the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show 2022, the hundreds of plants used by designer, Chris Beardshaw on the gold medal winning Show Garden, will be sold at a public plant sale on Friday 3 June at the RNLI College in Poole.

Plants from Chris Beardshaw’s stunning RNLI show garden, part of the new Project Giving Back initiative, will be on sale to the public on Friday 3 June, 10am to 4pm to fundraise for the lifesaving charity.

The sale will give a second life to the mature, show quality plants used in the garden, whilst stocks last. On offer at greatly reduced retail prices, the perennial plants will give buyers the opportunity to purchase their very own piece of Chelsea to enjoy in their gardens for years to come, with all proceeds going to help support the lifesaving work of the RNLI.

The event will be held at the RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ.

Working primarily with Kelways Plants, Chris’ plant choices included peonies, geraniums, iris, hostas and ferns, in a soft palette of whites, blues and purples. The garden was designed to be calming and detailed but deliberately reserved to echo the calm and understated nature of the RNLI crew at work.

Some very large structural plants will be included in the sale, so buyers must ensure they bring suitable transport for their purchases.

Award-winning plantsman and designer, Chris Beardshaw said: ‘As a life-long supporter of the RNLI, it was a huge honour to design and create a garden for this lifesaving charity.

‘I’m thrilled that all the elements of the garden, including the plants, will go on to enjoy a second life and legacy outside of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show while continuing to support the RNLI’s lifesaving mission.’

Jayne George, RNLI Fundraising, Marketing and Media Director, said: ‘The plant sale provides us with the opportunity to give these wonderful plants a second life while fundraising for our lifesaving charity, thanks to the Project Giving Back initiative.

‘Chris’s gold-winning design truly embodied the spirit and ethos of our charity. It has been a wonderful opportunity for us to raise awareness of our lifesaving work while also highlighting the RNLI’s rich heritage.

‘We hope the plant sale will also encourage gardeners everywhere to host a fundraising garden party or other event for the RNLI as part of our forthcoming RNLI Gardens campaign.’

RNLI Gardens is the RNLI’s new summer fundraising campaign that invites supporters to host a garden party, BBQ or afternoon tea in aid of the charity’s lifesavers. Help save lives this summer while raising a glass for our volunteers. Visit to find out more.

For more information about the RNLI Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show visit:

For more information on the plants, subject to availability, visit

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For further media information about Chris Beardshaw, please contact: Jane Southcott pr: 07787 527430 E: [email protected]

Notes to editors:

Project Giving Back
Project Giving Back (PGB) is a unique grant-making scheme that provides funding for gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. PGB was launched in May 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on UK charitable fundraising. It will fund gardens inspired by a range of good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022, 2023 and 2024. Find out more at

Chris Beardshaw
Renowned plantsman, designer and broadcaster Chris Beardshaw is a 14 times RHS gold medal winning designer who won Best in Show for his RHS Chelsea Garden in 2018. His plant filled Show Gardens are always popular with gardeners which has been reflected in him being awarded the BBC People’s Choice award on five occasions. Chris is involved with a wide range of private client garden designs, large scale public horticultural schemes and educational initiatives. His broadcasting career spans over 25 years and he can currently be heard as a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question. For further details on all of Chris’ latest projects, please visit:

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Chris Beardshaw's Chelsea Flower Show 2022 garden for the RNLI.

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The RNLI garden's pavilion, desgined by Chris Beardshaw and created by James Gray.

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Whitstable and Chiswick crew member, Andy Mayo with garden designer, Chris Beardshaw.

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