Our Chelsea Flower Show garden

Our show garden was calm, confident and inspired inquisitiveness. It cleverly drew on our Georgian origins and married them with more contemporary design cues to reflect the forward-thinking organisation that we are today. This combination echoed the RNLI’s sense of permanence, while offering a space to reflect on the breadth of our lifesaving work.

The show has now finished, but you can see what happened at the show.

Meet our designer

Multi-award-winning garden designer and plantsman, Chris Beardshaw, returned to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2022. Thanks to the new Project Giving Back initiative, he created our Show Garden.

Chris, who has been a lifelong supporter of the RNLI, designed our garden as a celebration of our 200-year lifesaving history and cutting-edge modernity.

Watch our film to hear Chris explain more about the garden.

‘The RNLI is very dear to me and this is a fantastic opportunity to provide a platform from which to highlight the importance and depth of its work.’

Chris Beardshaw, Garden Designer

Creating our garden

Take a look at how our garden was created, following its growth from ideas, designs and seedlings into the beautiful garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

January 2022 – Growing the plants

See Chris’ first visit to Kelways, the nursery where our plants were grown.

March 2022 – Building the pavilion structure

Learn more about how one of the key elements in our garden was constructed – the pavilion structure.

March 2022 – Catching up with the lifeboat crew

Take a look back at when Chris shared his latest designs and updates for the garden with the inspiring RNLI lifesavers at Portishead.

May 2022 – Creating the urns

See how the large pottery urns that featured in our garden were made in this video, following Chris’ visit to Whichford Pottery.

May 2022 – Purbeck stone

Chris visited Lovell Stone Quarry in Swanage to see the extraction and tumbling of the Purbeck stone that was used to make the paving and paths in our garden.

May 2022 – Choosing the final plants

Chris returned to Kelways where the flowers and plants had been growing. Here he made the final choices on which ones would be used in the show.