Kate Middleton Unveils Plans for Her New Wilderness-Inspired Garden
Kate Middleton‘s new garden is a secret no longer!
The royal mom has teamed up with two designers, Andrée Davies, 55, and Adam White, 45, to create a showpiece for the annual Chelsea Flower Show in May — and the design plans for their “Back to Nature” garden have been revealed.
The centerpiece of the woodland-themed garden, which is meant to be a fun place for families to experience a natural environment together and enjoy the relaxing benefits of nature, will be a tall platform tree house. Inspired by animal nests, it will provide visitors with a place to sit back and enjoy their surroundings.
The garden has also been designed to encourage children to stay active and engaged and features stepping stones, hollow logs (to test balance and coordination), a waterfall and a stream that kids will be able to play in.
A swing set, campfire and diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees are among the many other design elements that the whole family can enjoy.
The full plans for the garden will be unveiled on Monday, Feb. 11 at the RHS Press Conference.
The two landscape architects with whom Kate is collaborating previously revealed that they had been secretly working with her for three months, emailing and speaking almost every day.
The project to create the woodland-themed garden was a “passion” for the royal, 37, who has taken on a very hands-on role to add inspiration and practical ideas for the garden.
“To us, this is very much about childhood memories. We all spoke about our childhood memories, being outdoors and exploring nature. She was very open and has been hugely collaborative,” White told reporters after Kate’s visit to a community garden in London last month. “This is very much about the three of us, as co-designers.”
“It’s very relevant,” said Davies. “There is so much research around at the moment that shows being outdoors with nature is good for your mental health, and that is a big part of the Duchess’ public work.”
White went on to reveal that the collaboration will continue after May’s garden festival, as Princess Kate is also set to work with them on a garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, a permanent garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey and another unnamed NHS garden.
“The message there is that it’s about sustainability and re-using materials and emphasizing the link between health and nature,” White added.
“This will be a garden where people can remember their childhood and maybe re-create it for their own. Go out and play in the woods or make dams in the stream,” said White. “There is a really serious message to connect families and communities with nature.”
Davies added, “This generation is the one that spends more time indoors than any one. All three of us want to get them back outside.”
Last year, Kate revealed that she encourages family time outdoors.
“Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish,” Kate wrote in a heartwarming letter.
Kate is known to regularly escape the bustle of London to enjoy the clean air and vibrant woods near her parents’ home in Bucklebury with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, so that the royal children can feel the dirt on their hands and the mud on their wellies — and in the future, little Prince Louis will join his siblings on their jaunts across the fields of Royal Berkshire, too.