The Duchess of Cambridge has designed a Chelsea Flower Show garden for the first time – a woodland wilderness inspired by her childhood memories.
Kate’s creation – a collaboration with award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White – will use wild planting and natural materials aimed at providing visitors with a “sense of wonder and magic”.
The garden, created on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), is called the “RHS Back to Nature Garden” and will be on show at the annual event in May.
The news was announced ahead of Kate’s visit on Tuesday to King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington, an RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood group.
The RHS said Kate’s garden “has been inspired by childhood memories that are triggered by the natural world, as well as special moments that will be created and treasured by families now and in the future”.
A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “The garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations.
“Wild planting and natural materials will be used to recreate a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.”
The garden is designed for families and communities, and aims to encourage all generations, from all backgrounds, to connect with nature and enjoy growing plants for their health and wellbeing.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “We could not be more thrilled, or feel more honoured, that the Duchess of Cambridge has co-designed our RHS Garden at Chelsea Flower Show this year, with award winning landscape architects, Andree Davies and Adam White.”
She added: “For over 200 years the RHS has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, for health and wellbeing and to help people of all ages, from all backgrounds, to learn and grow.
“So to have the duchess advocating this with us, and to be continuing our partnership with NHS England will, we’re sure, further highlight the powerful benefit that access to gardens, nature and growing plants can have for all our health and happiness.”
Kate is known for her passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health.
She is a longstanding supporter of organisations such as the Scouts and Farms for City Children, as well as having visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.
Kate is viewing the King Henry’s Walk Garden to learn about a project bringing people together through a shared love of horticulture and to meet keen amateur gardeners who have been running the green urban space for more than a decade with support from Islington Council.