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What is My Chelsea Garden?

The RHS and The One Show are once again calling on amateur gardeners across the nation to share images of their green spaces and growing efforts, in search of the very best.

Anyone over the age of 18 can submit an entry whatever the shape or size of your garden, whether an outdoor space, an indoor space, a windowsill, balcony or collection of houseplants. If you are under the age of 18 please ask a parent or guardian to make the nomination on your behalf and to use their contact details on the entry form.
There are four categories to choose from: Back Garden, Front Garden, Alternative Garden and Community Garden. Entrants can enter only one image in one of the four categories. This should be one single image not a collage of different images. We can accept only one entry per household or Community Garden. Pictures must be of people’s own indoor or outdoor garden, or a community garden that you are involved in and must be taken between Tuesday 6th April and Sunday 25th April 2021.

The best gardens will be shortlisted by a team of researchers and horticultural experts and selected to go before a panel of judges based on their suitability and the information supplied by the nominee. A winner from each of the four categories will be selected and will win four public day tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; either in September 2021 or in Spring 2022 (winner can choose which they’re most comfortable with), and a special RHS Award commending their garden. This year there will also be an additional award “Best in Show”.

Entries open at 7pm on Tuesday 6th April and close just before midnight on Sunday 25th April. The winners will be revealed on The One Show and across RHS social platforms and their website towards the end of May 2021.

Categories

Back Garden

Back gardens come in all shapes and sizes, just like the gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Whether you have a tiny city patch or a countryside haven at the rear of your property we want to see the very best of any style of garden. Please submit allotments under the Alternative Garden category. (unless it is a Community Allotment - a single piece of land that has been gardened collectively by a group of people from more than one household, in which case please submit it in the Community Garden category).

Front Garden

For years the RHS has been highlighting the importance of front garden spaces, encouraging the nation to turn their grey front gardens green for the health of the planet and community. We want to see front gardens with kerb appeal, from the smallest outside space which has been transformed into a floral feast, to driveways where cars and plants live in harmony.

Alternative garden

Not everyone has the space for a traditional front or back garden so in this category we want to celebrate all the inspirational and creative ways you have been growing plants without access to a traditional garden. From balconies, terraces, and windowsills to conservatories, terrariums, and glasshouses, or an outside space that isn’t attached to your house such as an allotment or city patch. As long as it’s all your household’s work, share images of your growing spaces to show how plants are thriving without access to a traditional garden.

Community Garden

This year more than ever we know how much community support and gardening have helped people. Whether it’s greening a local area, starting a food growing plot or conserving an area for wildlife, community gardening can have a positive impact for local areas and people who live in them. A community garden is a single piece of land that has been gardened collectively by a group of people from more than one household. The gardens come in all shapes and sizes and can be tiny plots, gardens on roofs, communal gardens attached to a tower block or school gardens.

All community gardens will need to have had permission from the land owner and demonstrate that they have been operating within the appropriate covid rules and government guidelines.

Best in show

This year, one additional winner will be chosen from across the four categories for a special prize ‘best in show’. This will be the judges’ choice and will be the entry which has most captured how gardening has helped us at this time. Please note that you can’t enter this category directly, the winner will be chosen from all the shortlisted entries submitted into the above four categories.

Selection Process

How to Apply

You can submit a current image (this should be one single image not a collage of different images) of your garden into your chosen category using this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/send/u73051800 . Please take care to ensure you submit your entry into the correct category. Entries cannot be changed once submitted.

You will also be asked to tell us in up to 200 words how your garden has helped you over the past year. Whether tending houseplants indoors, or finding respite weeding, we want to know the difference gardening has made to you in these challenging times. For example, maybe it’s helped your mental health and wellbeing, or provided the perfect environment for some home-schooling.

You will also be asked to provide us with a brief description of the garden or gardening space itself in up to 100 words. Think about the size, scale and location of your garden or gardening space.

Judging Process

Eligible entries will be sent to a group of RHS horticultural experts to draw up a shortlist of the best gardens in each category.

Shortlisted entries will be sent to the judges to select a winner in each category. The judges are One Show presenter Alex Jones, writer and broadcaster Monty Don, RHS Head of Judging for Gardens James Alexander Sinclair, author and small gardens expert Isabelle Palmer, and Head of The One Show Rob Unsworth.

Judging Criteria

Judges will consider the following, in line with the formal RHS judging criteria:

1) Ambition

  • Atmosphere
  • Flair
  • Originality
  • Impact
  • Effort
  • Resourcefulness

2) Overall impression

  • Attention to detail
  • Choice of materials
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Passion

3) Design, layout plan of Garden / gardening space

  • Dimensions
  • Scale
  • Unity
  • Use of space

4) Planting design

  • Visual impact
  • Colour
  • Texture

Please note that the judges are judging the garden, not the quality of the photo, so please don’t alter images using photo editing software. They will also not be judging how much money has been spent on the garden.

The answer to ‘how your garden has helped you in the past 12 months’ will be considered alongside the garden as will the description of your garden. They will be judging the content of your answers - not how well written they are.

Prize Details

A winner from each of the four categories and a ‘best in show’ will be selected and will win four tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - either the next show planned for September 2021 or for next year’s in Spring 2022 - and a special RHS Award commending their garden.

Key Dates

Launch: The competition opens for entries at 7pm on Tuesday 6thApril 2021.

Deadline: The deadline for entering the competition is just before midnight on Sunday 25th April 2021.

Winners: The winners will be announced on The One Show towards the end of May and across RHS social platforms and their website.

My Chelsea Garden Competition Rules:

The Rules of RHS and BBC One Show My Chelsea Garden competition (the ‘Competition’)

1. About the Competition

  1. The Competition is run in partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society (‘RHS’) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (‘BBC’), together known as ‘the Organisers’.

The aim of the competition is to encourage amateur gardeners across the nation to share images of their green spaces and growing efforts at home in search of the very best.

2. Categories

You can submit the image of your garden in one of the following categories:

  1. Back Garden

Back gardens come in all shapes and sizes, just like the gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Whether you have a tiny city patch or a countryside haven at the rear of your property we want to see the very best of any style of garden. Please note in this category the garden needs to be at the side or back of the property. Allotments should be entered in the Alternative Garden category (unless it is a Community Allotment - a single piece of land that has been gardened collectively by a group of people from more than one household, in which case please submit it in the Community Garden category).

  1. Front Garden

We want to see front gardens with kerb appeal, from the smallest outside space which has been transformed into a floral feast, to driveways where cars and plants live in harmony. In this category the garden needs to be at the front or side of your property and be seen from the front of the property.

  1. Alternative garden

Not everyone has the space for a traditional front or back garden so we want to see how creatively you’ve been growing plants. For clarity, alternative garden spaces can include but not exclusively: balconies, terraces, windowsills, conservatories, terrariums, glasshouses, allotments, as long as it’s all yours or your household’s own work.

  1. Community Garden

A community garden is a single piece of land that has been gardened collectively by a group of people from more than one household. The gardens come in all shapes and sizes and can be tiny plots, gardens on roofs, communal gardens attached to a tower block or school gardens. We can only accept one entry per community garden. We encourage those involved in the garden to decide between the group who should make the entry. The person who enters must be able to demonstrate their involvement in the garden. Where more than one entry is received, The One Show team will decide which submission progresses. The person who enters will win the tickets for use as they see fit. However, the prize itself honours the work of the whole garden and team. All community gardens will need to have had permission from the land owner and demonstrate that they have been operating within the appropriate covid rules and guidelines.

3. Dates

  1. The Competition opens for entries from 7pm on Tuesday 6th April 2021.
  2. The deadline for the entries is 23:59 25th April 2021
  3. Winners of all four categories along with the ‘Best in Show’ will be announced live on BBC One’s The One Show towards the end of May 2021.

4. Conditions of Entry

  1. Entries must be submitted via the BBC at bbc.co.uk/theoneshow
  2. You will need to sign into your BBC Account to submit your entry.
  3. Entrants can enter only one image in one of the four categories. This should be one single image not a collage of different images. We can accept only one entry per household or Community Garden.
  4. Should more than one entry be received for the Community Garden category, The One Show team will decide which entry will go through to shortlisting.
  5. Where more than one entry has been received in all other categories, we will accept the first entry only.
  6. Entries must be submitted into the correct category. Entries cannot be changed once submitted.
  7. By entering the Competition, you are consenting for your images, name, location and information in the entry to be shared on RHS platforms, in press and on BBC platforms (including broadcasting in any form around the world or by publishing on its websites as well as social media sites).
  8. The images submitted must have been taken between Tuesday 6th April and Sunday 25th April 2021
  9. You or a member of your household/support bubble must be willing to be on camera and featured on The One Show.
  10. You or a member of your household must not have won the My Chelsea Garden competition previously
  11. You must be available to talk to The One Show researchers in April and first week of May.

5. Eligibility

  1. The Competition is open to residents of the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. If you are under 18 please ask a parent or guardian over 18 to enter on your behalf and ensure it is the parent or guardian’s contact details used on the entry form.
  2. Employees of RHS or BBC Group, or their direct family are not eligible to enter.
  3. The entrant must be the original artwork creator and solely hold the copyright.
  4. Images must not be licenced or disposed of any rights that will conflict with the Competition.
  5. The Organisers requires that prior permission be sought before submitting photographs of private property or private gardens. Please do not endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or break any laws when creating content you may share with the Organisers. Please ensure that, when creating your entry, you comply with current government coronavirus guidance which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.
  6. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary permissions are obtained from any person featured in a photograph. The Organisers reserve the right to check on such consents. If they cannot be evidenced then the entry may be deemed ineligible.
  7. The Competition is not open to professional or former professional garden designers or professional gardeners – only amateurs. To qualify as an amateur, individuals should not earn more than 30% of their annual income from garden design and/or gardening and should not hold a garden design qualification in any form of garden construction or design. For the avoidance of doubt this does not exclude people who work for horticultural or botanical businesses in some other capacity (for example, someone who derives all their income from working in a garden centre café but does not hold a garden design qualification would not be excluded). If this applies to you then please provide details in your entry.
  8. Further, as this is a competition for amateurs, entrants must declare any connection with commercial horticulture when entering. Although this will not automatically exclude an entrant, the Organisers will consider any conflict of interest and reserve the right to exclude an entry on that basis.
  9. In the Back Garden, Front Garden and Alternative Garden categories, the garden or space featured in the entry should be the entrant’s and their household’s own, or substantially their own work. The Organisers understand that gardens may be the work of more than one person in the same household, and entrants may have received assistance (which may have been professional). However, overall the garden or space in the entry should be the entrants own creation.
  10. In the Community Garden category the entrant must be able to demonstrate their work/physical involvement with the garden. Overall the Community Garden needs to be the work of amateurs although we do understand that some professional assistance may have been received.
  11. The competition is not open to anyone who has won a garden design competition with a prize worth more than £500 in the five years leading up to the closing date for entries, whether on television, radio, online or print.
  12. The garden must not be operated on a commercial basis, receive funding or generate any income, except solely for the purpose of charitable fundraising.
  13. The garden must not be an RHS Partner Garden or have any association with RHS except as a member of the public through RHS membership or registration in RHS communities competitions and initiatives (eg. Britain in Bloom).

6. Categories

  1. There are four categories to choose from, listed above.
  2. When submitting your image, you must state which category you are entering.

7. Judging

  1. The BBC will receive entries and undertake a simple first round assessment and check eligibility. A panel of judges will be appointed by the Organisers to select a shortlist of entries from each category using the criteria listed above.
  2. The Competition judges will then choose from the shortlisted entries a winner from each category and an additional winner who will be chosen from across the four categories.
  3. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

8 Winners

  1. The winner will be selected by the judging panel from each category.
  2. The winners of each category will be chosen from the shortlisted entries.
  3. An additional best in show winner will also be chosen from the shortlisted entries by the judges.
  4. The winners will be announced live on BBC The One Show towards the end of May 2021 on Social Media and on the RHS and BBC websites.
  5. The chosen winners from each category and the ‘Best In Show’ will win four public day tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; either the next show planned for September 2021 or for next year’s in Spring 2022, and be awarded with a special RHS Award.

9 Prizes

  1. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each category and the ‘Best in Show’. The prize consists of four public day tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2021 or 2022, and a special RHS Award. Reasonable travel costs up to £400 will be covered. For the avoidance of doubt no additional travel or accommodation costs or expenses will be provided. The winner will need to abide by the ticket terms of use, available from RHS. The Organisers shall not be responsible for winners and/or their guests failing to enter the venue. Entrants acknowledge that there may be specific procedures and entry requirements for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show including covid vaccinations and compliance with covid guidelines and the winners are responsible for complying with such requirements.
  2. The prizes are non-transferable.
  3. The Organisers reserve the right to substitute the whole or part of any listed prize with an alternative of equal monetary value (but the entrant shall not have any right to demand this).
  4. The prizes must be claimed within one year of the competition winners being announced or will be forfeited.

10 Copyright and Usage

  1. Entrants remain the copyright holder to any images submitted by themselves.
  2. Awarded entrants agree to grant the BBC and the RHS and its partners and sponsors to a nonexclusive irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish and exhibit for any purpose related to the Competition in any medium, including print and digital.
  3. This includes, but is not restricted to use in press, in broadcasts and on websites.
  4. The entrants agree to the Organisers’ free usage sublicensing the submitted images for press articles or any other external communications related to the Competition.
  5. The entrant is responsible for any claim made by a third party against the submission.

11 Disclaimer / Other Rules

  1. The information given in these Rules is correct, but the Organisers reserve the right to change any of it without prior notice. By entering the Competition, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these Rules. Any breach of these Rules by an entrant will void their entry. If a breach has occurred, but is discovered after the award of a prize, then the Organisers may require the return of that prize.
  2. The Organisers, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in any entry not being properly registered.
  3. The Organisers reserve the right to exclude any entrant or winner who has acted fraudulently in any way or has brought the organisers into disrepute.
  4. These Rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.
  5. The BBC’s code of conduct for competitions applies to this Competition. You can read more about it here: BBC Competitions Policy – https://www.bbc.com/editorialguidelines/guidance/code-of-conduct
  6. The BBC’s Terms of Use apply to this Competition. For the avoidance of doubt, for the purposes of the Terms of Use, entries to the Competition are not considered a creation.

12 Privacy

For more information about how we will use your personal information please see the One Show RHS Garden Privacy Notice.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible and if there any issues in submitting or completing the form please let us know at mychelseagarden@bbc.co.uk