The most significant festival in the horticultural calendar will have an autumnal feel this year – and at St Michael’s we’re getting ready to hold our own version.

The St Michael’s ‘Chelsea’ Flower Show will benefit service users, and be a chance for the community to get involved.

Taking place the week beginning the 20th September, the event will showcase an array of floral and plant-based activities such as horticultural groups, a floral photography competition, flower-arranging demonstrations, and a talk led by a Chelsea Flower Show judge.

In keeping with Chelsea, we will also be creating our very own ‘sanctuary’ garden. Those staying on the Inpatient unit and everyone visiting any of our day services will be supported to participate in this therapeutic gardening project. 

The highlights of the week are listed below:

Fancy yourself as a budding David Bailey?

To celebrate the upcoming Chelsea Flower Show we’re asking you to send us the best floral photo (or photos) you’ve taken.

The winner, selected by one of our patients, will have their entry framed and displayed at St Michael’s. They will also win a £30 National Garden Gift Voucher.

How to enter

  1. Pay your £3 by clicking here and selecting ‘Chelsea competition’ in the ‘Reason for your donation’ dropdown menu.
  2. Submit your photo by emailing in jpeg form to
  3. Make sure we’ve received your entry by Monday 20th September

The winner will be contacted by Tuesday 21st September and invited to attend the talk (detailed below) by Chelsea Flower Show judge John Cunnigham, when they will be presented with their prize.

Join renowned horticulturalist and multiple Chelsea Flower Show judge John Cunningham on Zoom for an insight into his career. John will also be answering your questions.

You can join for free, but donations will be gratefully received. You can donate to St Michael’s Hospice by clicking here

More information on the talk can be found by clicking here.

Donate colourful plants and grasses to our ‘Sanctuary’ garden project.

These can be left at the drop-off point by the entrance to the main Reception in Bartestree between 13th – 17th September.