The Duchess of Cambridge has just revealed the first images of the garden that she is co-designed for this year’s THS Chelsea Flower Show-and it is filled with all kind of details for all the family.
On the project Kate collaborated with award-winning landscape architects Andree Davis and Adam White, to make the RHS Back to Nature garden, which in its heart has a high platform tree house, just perfect for little explorers. Built from staghorn oak and made to resemble a bird or animal nest, the shelter “will provide a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees,” according to a statement issued by Kensington Palace.
In the Chelsea Flower Show Garden, there will also be a swing seat, a campfire and a rustic den similar to the one used by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in the grounds of Anmer Hall. There will also be lots of natural element incorporated in the garden that stimulates active play such as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log, which all can be used to test and improve children’s balance, strength and coordination.
The garden itself will have a goal to inspire people to interact with nature more and improve their wellbeing and will do that with its multisensory, green and blue plant scheme.
The Duchess’ design also includes “incredible edibles”(not that kind, but wouldn’t that be fun, getting to be one with nature and all), such as wild strawberries, plants for craft activities, forest scents as well as a waterfall and stream for children to paddle in and play imaginatively.
The garden, which will be 10m by 15m, will have a natural, woodland feel and is designed with the main goal of triggering childhood memories of being and nature and wants to highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing. The Duchess and the designers hope that with this they will inspire families to go outside and explore nature together and create new experiences in the great outdoors.
The trio got to their assignment pretty seriously, carefully planning the entire thing, keeping in touch almost daily in order to do the best they can with the design. Last month Andrée said of Kate: “She is very hands-on, model making, emailing images, coming up with all the ideas that we want to capture. She would often bring a folder of cuttings with her full of ideas. The Duchess was very keen to use natural materials, has a clear idea of the colour palette she wants and her desire to incorporate the natural elements.”
A royal source said of the Duchess: “She has been really involved in the whole thing, the concept and all the elements. She has been really inspired by her childhood memories and the garden will be full of surprises.” We have no doubt that other members have also helped with the design, such as Prince William and Prince Charles, who gladly shared their childhood memories for inspiration.