Plans for the garden Kate is co-designing for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show have been released.
The Duchess has been working with Andrée Davies and Adam White (of Davies White Landscape Architects) on the plans, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. You may recall mention of the project when the Duchess visited King Henry’s Walk last month.
Called the RHS Back to Nature Garden, it is hoped the project will showcase the benefits of the natural world and trigger memories of times people have spent in nature, encouraging others to go out and create new experiences in the great outdoors.
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The garden’s centrepiece will be a high platform tree house, clad in stag horn oak that is inspired by a bird or animal nest. It will provide a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees. The garden will also feature a swing seat, rustic den and a campfire to encourage creative play and discovery for all generations.
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It is the rural idyll of many children’s dreams — and a clue that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are, like all youngsters, keen on toasted marshmallows.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given a unique insight into her family life with the designs for her “back to nature” garden at this year’s Chelsea flower show.
Kate’s “woodland wilderness” is understood to include features from her own gardens at Anmer Hall, the Cambridges’ Norfolk home, where Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, are said to be keen tree-climbers. Prince Louis, 10 months, is still a spectator.
“We could not be more thrilled, or feel more honored, that the Duchess of Cambridge has co-designed our RHS Garden at Chelsea Flower Show this year,” she said in a statement.
The Back to Nature Garden is also key to the Horticultural Society’s partnership with NHS (National Health Service), promoting the many benefits of access to green spaces and gardening. After Chelsea, some of the planting and landscaping will go to an NHS Mental Health Trust, as part of a national competition run by the RHS.
This isn’t the only garden Kate is co-designing with Davies White; two additional RHS Gardens will be created at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (2-7 July 2019) and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, opening later this year in the autumn. Both will use many of the elements from the Chelsea Garden.
Our look at what Kate wore is very quick, as we’ve seen almost everything she is wearing. In several photos, she is in the same ensemble worn to the King Henry’s Walk engagement. That included the Bracken Tweed jacket by Dubarry.
We don’t see Kate’s feet in any of the new images released today; in January she sported a pair of boots from See by Chloé in dark suede with leather trim. The style features an oversized back pull loop, reinforced eyelets, treaded rubber sole, and a distinctive stacked 1.5″ heel.
In most of the photos, Kate is wearing the Lauren Pavé Leaf earrings by Kiki McDonough.
It will be fun to see this all come together. This year’s show runs from May 21-25. The image below is from the home page of the Royal Horticultural Society.
- Learn more about the Royal Chelsea Flower Show at this website; the organization’s Facebook page is here; Twitter feed here; the RHS Instagram page is here
- The Daily Mail’s story about the garden is here; Roya Nikkhah’s Sunday Times piece is here; ITV’s story is here