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Kate Middleton's Chelsea Flower Show garden – everything you need to know

THE Duchess of Cambridge has proudly showed off her spectacular Chelsea Flower Show garden she designed specifically for the annual event.

Here's everything you need to know about Kate Middleton's "Back to Nature" project.

What's in Kate Middleton's garden?

The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, has created a family-friendly classic garden, where children can toast marshmallows over an open fire and pick wild strawberries.

The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature and highlight the benefits of the natural world on physical and mental wellbeing.

It will feature a swing seat, a rustic den and a campfire, with a centrepiece of a high platform treehouse.

Kate, who has been at the site almost every day in the five days leading up to the opening of the event, appeared excited to show off the landscape that aims to highlight the benefits of the natural world to mental and physical well-being.

The space, which Kate hopes will inspire families "to get outside" and "enjoy nature", features a tree house, swing seat, waterfall, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.

The mum-of-three co-created the landscape with architects Andree Davies and Adam White and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Kate's involvement with the 2019 RHS garden at the Chelsea Flower Show was first revealed earlier in the year.

Her garden's centrepiece is a high-platform tree house atop a chestnut trunk, clad in stag horn oak, hazel and larch cladding that draws inspiration from a bird or animal nest.

Interaction with the natural environment will be encouraged through the garden's "multi-sensory" green and blue plant scheme.

Kate remembered the late Diana, Princess of Wales by including forget-me-nots, her favourite flowers.

Who has visited it?

This morning, the royal made sure to get stuck in with young students – climbing into the tree house and grabbing a marshmallow on a stick to roast on the fire.

And she said her own kids – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – had loved exploring the garden.

Sweet snaps showed the young Cambridge kids scrambling over rocks and grinning on a swing as they made the most of the duchess' garden.

Mum-of-three Kate said: "The children played last night in a way I hadn’t imagined.

"They were throwing stones. I hadn’t actually thought that that was what they would be doing. They kicked their shoes off, and wanted to paddle in the stream, using it in a way that I hadn’t anticipated."

Speaking to teachers this morning for the hour-long visit, she could be heard saying: "It's really important the kids start to understand nature, and care for it, so they can protect it as well.

"With Instagram everything is so visual. It's nice to sit and feel."

Her Majesty, 93, headed up a tour of the garden displays – with the first stop at Kate Middleton's "Back to Nature" design.

Her Majesty was heard complimenting Kate on how tidy the garden looked, before Royal correspondents revealed the Duchess was seen shoving stray leaves and twigs into her handbag before the Monarch's arrival.

The Queen was expected to be joined in her visit to the flower show by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, along with his daughter Princess Beatrice.

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra also arrived to see the gardens.

The Countess of Wessex, also in a floral outfit, eagerly clambered up into the treehouse in Kate's garden.

How long did she work on it?

Earlier this month, Kensington Palace released never before seen pictures of Kate Middleton tending to her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The green-fingered royal can be seen getting her hands dirty as she works with landscapers Andree Davies and Adam White on her Back to Nature plot.

Doing away with formal wear, the Duchess of Cambridge cuts a casual figure in a Barbour jacket and jeans as she makes the final preparations to the garden, a week before it is unveiled to the public.

In a tweet accompanying the photos the palace wrote: “Over the past few months, The Duchess and landscape architects Davies White have visited plant nurseries, suppliers and specialist craftspeople who have been growing and building elements of the garden ready for #RHSChelsea.”

How can I see it?

The colourful event opened to members of the Royal Horticultural Society on Tuesday, May 21 at 8am and members of the public on Thursday, May 23.

The show ends on Saturday, May 25, at 5.30pm – flowers are on sale from 4.00pm.

Tickets are available to buy from the Chelsea Flower Show website.

Prices start at £42 for members and £45 for the public and proceeds from all ticket sales support the charitable work of the RHS.

You can try to get tickets on the day – the onsite box office opens Tuesday to Friday 7am-7.30pm, Saturday 7am-4.30pm.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of unlimited days out in the RHS gardens as well as early access and cheaper tickets to the annual show – you can become a member of the RHS, starting at £47.25 per year.

When is the Chelsea Flower Show on TV?

The Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public on Tuesday, May 21, and will stay open until Saturday, May 25.

The event will be broadcast every day on BBC One and BBC Two.

Daytime viewers can enjoy coverage of the event on BBC One at 3.45pm every day from Monday, May 20 until Friday, May 25.

Here's when else you can catch it on the BBC:

  • Tuesday 21 – 8pm-9pm, BBC Two
  • Wednesday 22 – 7pm-8pm, BBC One
  • Wednesday 22 – 8pm-9pm, BBC Two
  • Thursday 23 – 8pm-9pm, BBC Two
  • Friday 24 – 7.30pm-8pm, BBC One
  • Friday 24 – 8.30pm-9.30pm, BBC Two
  • Saturday 25 – 8pm-9pm, BBC Two

The show will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


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