The Commission

The CWGC is celebrating a century of gardening excellence with an Artisan Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The CWGC Centenary Garden was funded by private donations and designed in collaboration with horticulturist David Domoney. It is a celebration of this unique organisation and pays tribute to the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women killed in the world wars.

An intimate, calm and reflective space, the garden is an expression of the essential part horticulture plays in the CWGC’s commemoration of the war dead, and it showcases the traditional skills still employed by our staff around the globe.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 is open from Tuesday 23 May to Saturday 27 May.

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Many of the garden’s features are symbolic of the Commission’s past, present and future. The garden uses plant species from sites in the CWGC global estate and elements and materials crafted by hand by the CWGC’s own artisans. Here are some of the key features:

Watch the video below to find out more about this special garden

CWGC Director of Horticulture, David Richardson, and garden designer and horticulturist David Domoney speak further about the CWGC Centenary Garden. As part of the CWGC's centenary in 2017 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is sponsoring an Artisan Garden at the RHS - Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.
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Show times
Tuesday - Friday (23 - 26 May)
8am - 8pm

Saturday (27 May)
8am - 5.30pm*

*sell-off begins at 4pm


Tell us about your visit to our garden at RHS Chelsea:


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The CWGC Centenary Garden celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and reflects its mission of commemoration in perpetuity by encouraging contemplation, remembrance and respect.

Vote now for the CWGC Centenary Garden to win the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show! It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of this unique organisation and to celebrate its incredible work across the world.

The People’s Choice awards are voted for by the public – both those who visit the show in person, and those who enjoy seeing the garden photos on the RHS website.

Voting starts at 9am on Monday 22 May and closes at midday on Friday 26May.

The winner will be announced on the RHS website at 4-5pm on 26 May.

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