Duchess Kate reveals Chelsea Flower Show garden plans

By Sarah Walker

Known for her love for the outdoors, it's no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge has some fun plans up her sleeve for the Chelsea Flower Show – and on Monday (Feb. 11), Kensington Palace finally revealed them! The garden design, which was shared on Twitter and Instagram, was created by the mother of three, and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White.

According to the palace, the garden is being called the "Back to Nature Garden," as the hope is "to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together." Kensington Palace's tweets went on to note that "the Duchess of Cambridge’s #RHSChelsea garden will have a natural woodland feel and contain a treehouse, waterfall and stream, rustic den, campfire and stepping stones."

The treehouse, according to a statement issued by Kensington Palace, will be clad in stag horn oak to resemble a bird or animal nest, and "will provide a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees.

Metro, the look and feel of the garden was partially inspired by the duchess' residence at Anmer Hall, because she wanted to create a space that children, like Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, eight months, could enjoy.

With that in mind, many of the elements of the garden will be focused on creating opportunities to play. There will be tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log to test and improve children’s balance, strength and co-ordination. The garden will also feature some "incredible edibles," including wild strawberries, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a waterfall and stream for children to paddle in and play imaginatively.

It's hoped that the garden will also "highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing" while triggering "memories of time spent in nature, and encourage others to go out and create new experiences in the great outdoors."

Accompanying the messages were photos of Kate and her co-creators discussing the designs in a wooded area, as well as a sketch of what they plan to create. According to

It's well-known that Kate is fond of spending time outside, especially with her family. "I've got such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside from my own childhood, and I'm sharing that with my own children, George and Charlotte, at the moment," she said in 2017 on a visit to Robin Hood Primary School.

She continued: "Hopefully you'll have lots of memories of your time here in the garden, looking for insects or planting bulbs. And I really hope you remember these special times for the rest of your lives."

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