We all know how important mental health is to Duchess Kate. She's a patron of many organizations working to improve the mental health of adults and children, and founded mental health initiative Heads Together with husband Prince William and Prince Harry. Now, she’s putting her green thumb to the cause to show how impactful gardening can be in helping promote mental well-being.
On Monday (May 13), Kensington Palace released new photos of Kate at work designing her garden to promote next week’s event. “The garden has a natural woodland feel and contains lots of unique design features to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together,” Kensington Palace’s official Twitter account said. Her plot will “highlight how being active in nature can positively impact our physical and mental health,” the palace says.
Since January, Kate has been working with the Royal Horticultural Society to design a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in London, which will take place May 21. Her plot is called the RHS Back to Nature Garden, and includes a stream, tree house, a swing, campfire and a den. It will also feature wild strawberries, which will be perfect for parents and their little visitors! It was modelled after the grounds her kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis use for their playtime at Anmer Hall, the Cambridges’s family home in Norfolk, according to HELLO! UK.
The Duchess of Cambridge's #RHSChelsea 'Back to Nature' garden has a natural woodland feel and contains lots of unique design features to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together.
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— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 13, 2019
Kate has been working with RHS landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White on her garden, and Andrée said the duchess has been very “hands on” and has been assisting the team with making models, emailing them images and coming up with ideas for the plot. “She would often bring a folder of cuttings with her full of ideas,” Andrée told HELLO! UK in February. “The Duchess was very keen to use natural materials, has a clear idea of the colour palette she wants and her desire to incorporate the natural elements.”
In November, Kate joked about her gardening skills in a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London. When she was shown a series of letters her relatives had written during World War II, she said her grandmother had loved gardening, which was “a bit of a family thing.” When William remarked that she has a lot of improvement to make in gardening, she laughed and said, “You should not see my cauliflowers! I’m still learning.”