The Duchess of Cambridge has been helping to design one of the gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Kate has been involved with the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Back to Nature’ display at the famous event and we’ll all get to see the results come to life in May.
The duchess has been working on the designs for the past three months alongside landscape architects Davies White and the RHS itself. The finished product, based on woodland, will be created with wild planting and natural materials and it’s hoped it will highlight the benefits of being outdoors and inspire people of all ages to enjoy nature.
Kensington Palace announced today that Kate’s design would build on her ”passion for the outdoors” and would focus on the links between nature and good physical and mental health.
The Duchess of Cambridge can expect plenty of family scrutiny for her final design – the royals are regular visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show which has been held every May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea for over a century. The Queen is the patron of the Royal Horticultural Society which organises the event.
Kate’s not the first royal to be involved in a display at the Chelsea Flower Show. In 2013, the Duke of Sussex supported the design of a garden in support of his charity, Sentebale. Meanwhile, the most celebrated horticulturalist in the House of Windsor, the Prince of Wales, is a multiple medallist at the event. He won a silver in the Best Show Garden category at Chelsea in 2002 for a display centred on healing and medicinal herbs which he dedicated to the memory of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The year before he’d also scooped a silver medal for his design based on an Islamic courtyard garden.
This year’s Chelsea Flower Show takes place between May 21st and May 25th 2019.