Sunday, 10 February 2019

Plans for Duchess Kate's RHS "Woodland Wilderness" Garden Revealed!

At the stroke of midnight, Kensington Palace released a first look at plans for the Duchess of Cambridge's 'Woodland Wilderness' garden which will be displayed at this year's Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show in May.


Last month, it was announced Kate has been collaborating with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, of Davies White Landscape Architects, since October to create the RHS Back to Nature Garden. Inspired by childhood memories of the natural world and moments that will be created by families in the future, the garden seeks to recapture for adults "the sense of wonder and magic" they enjoyed outdoors as children.


Additionally, three new images from Kate's meetings with Davies and White were shared. It is understood the Cambridges Norfolk bolthole Anmer Hall served as inspiration and the final result will include features from their own garden. During an engagement to mark Children's Mental Health Week on Tuesday, Kate was asked to produce an item that makes her happy. She shared a photo of her family in Norfolk. She's clearly eager to bring a slice of their life in the country to this project.


'Back To Nature' will include a treehouse, waterfall and stream, rustic den, campfire and stepping stones. Not only does it look visually gorgeous, filled with wild flowers, natural materials and earthy hues, this garden is an outdoor paradise for children filled with elements promising to elevate a day in the outdoors to another level for any keen young explorer. I imagine it's very much inspired by Kate's own childhood memories and George, Charlotte and Louis's upbringing.


More from The Sunday Times:

'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.
The centrepiece of her garden is a “high platform tree house” made from stag horn oak, inspired by a bird or animal nest. Prince George is known to enjoy playing in the tree house, which Princes William and Harry played in as children at Highgrove, the Prince of Wales’s Gloucestershire home. William, 36, is also thought to have built a tree house for his children at Anmer Hall.
The Queen, a keen gardener, will be one of the first people to inspect the finished project when she visits Chelsea for a private view before the show opens to the public in May.
Kensington Palace said: “The garden will build on Her Royal Highness’s passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health.'

Readers will recognise several of the items Kate wore in the new images from her visit to King Henry's Walk Garden last month.


In two of the images, the Duchess wore her Dubarry Bracken Jacket. The £399 jacket features a stand-up collar, zipped front and storm flap. Dubarry of Ireland is an Irish brand with a collection of premium performance footwear, clothing, leather goods and accessories. It's available in an assortment of shades on the Dubarry website. Kate's piece is 'heath'.


Kate also wore her J Crew Mockneck Sweater in mahogany.


Laura suggests it appears Kate also owns the sweater in 'Heather Loden Green'.


And it appears Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings.
What do you think of the garden? I'm very much looking forward to seeing the final result on display at RHS Chelsea.

In other news, Kate held a dinner a Buckingham Palace for those involved in the steering group for her early years initiative. The evening was private, but we do expect to hear more in the coming weeks on the project. We'll see the Cambridges tomorrow evening for the star-studded BAFTA awards :)

25 comments:

  1. Ohh, I can't wait to see this garden. It looks very Kate- outdoorsy, not frou-frou, and more for exploring than for just the pretty flowers. I bet Meghan will do a garden too in the future- I think both the Duchesses are keen "naturalists"- realizing the impact the natural world has on our overall psyche. Bravo to the team- I am sure it will be a hit!

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    1. This was a great idea to join “being in nature” with mental health. I know a few schools here in NZ that are taking this approach with the designs of their school gardens. I’m pretty excited myself & for the team!

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  2. jmm looking forward to the rhs flower garden i love the tree house its sound too me sees the duvhess ding some private meeting along with her team

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    1. The tree house is my favourite aspect of the design! I think in the Cambridges last Christmas family photo, they were posing next to a little fort made out of branches, which I thought was really sweet :) Seems like as a family they like to get hands on in nature whenever they can.

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  3. Charlotte, you are amazing!! It’s the middle of the night in the UK and you are up and posting!

    Excited to see and hear more about Kate’s projects in the coming weeks.

    Love her looks. Her hair looks amazing! I love the straighter, less bouncy curl look!

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  4. I look forward to seeing the final result.

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  5. I've been waiting and anticipating this garden idea! I love to see Kate's creative side! This is going to be a garden to spark anyone's imagination! This is so exciting! I can hardly wait!

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  6. This is such a cool idea, although I am not 100% sure how it will work

    1. Would people be allowed to go and lay like a playground?
    2. If so, wouldn't there be huge lines to attend?
    3. What exactly is going to happen after the exhibition? I just read it would be donated? How if the show is annually?
    4. Hod is this funded?

    Sorry for all the questions, sometimes I am just too curious! :D

    Thanks for posting so late at night/early wee morning! :)

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    1. I also am curious -- gardens/the outdoors are so important to children. I spent a lot of time outside in rural areas, or in nice backyards, and I loved it and remember those times. So important for children who live in crowded cities.

      Is this a temporary garden? That seems amazing by itself. Will there be a garden that the public can go to on a permanent basis?

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    2. The Chelsea Garden Show gardens are exhibits set up for the time the show is open. They are taken down afterward. Some are moved to other sites and preserved. You can see past gardens on the show’s website.

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  7. So fun to see more about this! Clever to show some pictures of the meetings as well! I love the cozy and childlike feeling of the garden! Will be so fun to see it come to life!

    Looking forward to seeing William and Kate tonight!

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  8. Maggie - Minneapolis10 February 2019 at 09:59

    I hadn't realized till I just read a People article about this that apparently they're collaborating for an additional 3 gardens to be created it seems over summer timeish, and I think I read that one will be permanent. Just thought I'd mention it bc I haven't seen many articles or anything mention the other gardens at all & so it caught me by surprise to read about it so I figured maybe some people here also didn't realize it either.

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    1. Actually, Maggie, I believe Charlotte covered this a few posts ago.

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  9. It looks pretty cool! As a child, I would’ve loved to explore that garden :) Kate looks very cosy in that sweater & I like the colour. Good to see her exhibiting her creative side combined with her love for nature & children.

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  10. Thanks, Charlotte. Yes, I’m looking forward to seeing the garden. I enjoy casual on the Duchess of Cambridge; so appropriate for the occasion.

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  11. The color of the green jumper is loDen not loren. ;-)

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  12. Tammy from California10 February 2019 at 16:37

    This whole thing is right up my alley: children, outdoors (specifically the woods) and the mental health initiative. Couldn't be more thrilled with this post nor to see what the final product looks like at the Chelsea Garden Show. Love this future queen. What I have enjoyed in her, is watching her take her time and careful steps to find her work within the RF. Everything she does she genuinely has a passion for, which will make for longevity. Truly, a life, I think most, strive to live: one with purpose, passion and longevity. Kudos to the Duchess! LOVE HER.

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  13. Can't wait to see this project compleated.

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  14. Garden would be amazing.I envy children who can play in this garden and create their adventures.It looks like a dream for children -tree house,a lot of plants,flowers,places to hiding.I hope that Kate will bring George and Charlotte for opening :)

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  15. Well said, Tammy from California! You have expressed my own thoughts! It's interesting to so how Kate's life's work is coming together, and I hope her work with childhood mental health will have a profound effect in the future. She has taken the time to establish her own area. I'm so impressed with her way of working.

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  16. I love this project of hers! 😊

    I am wondering if she is wearing different, longer earrings in the pictures outside...

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  17. What an enchanting garden! Can't wait to see the end result. If I were to design a garden this is what I would do. Adults and children will love this.

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  18. I love the idea. It's great it is so interactive for people to enjoy.

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