Our Chelsea Flower Show garden

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

We’re currently at the show – so you can get exciting updates straight from Chelsea. You can also see the latest news on your social media using #RNLIatChelsea.

Meet our designer

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

Chris, who has been a lifelong supporter of the RNLI, has 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 has been created, following its growth from ideas, designs and seedlings into the beautiful garden that is now in full bloom at the Chelsea Flower Show.

January 2022 – Growing the plants

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

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 – 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 – Creating the urns

Our garden will feature two large, bespoke urns. Chris visits Whichford Pottery in the Cotswolds to see them being created.