Entertainment Celebrity Kate’s a pistil-packin’ mama with her eye on the prize at the Chelsea Flower Show

Kate’s a pistil-packin’ mama with her eye on the prize at the Chelsea Flower Show

The Duchess of Cambridge discusses her ideas for the nature garden with fellow flower buffs. Photo: Kensington Palace
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The Duchess of Cambridge has helped design a “back to nature garden” for the Chelsea Flower Show.

Kate designed the woodland wilderness garden alongside landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Kensington Palace said in a statement the garden will help “inspire families to get outside and explore nature together”.

“The garden hopes to trigger memories of time spent in nature, and encourage others to go out and create new experiences in the great outdoors.”

Kate’s concept for her nature garden suggests she has both a green thumb and a good eye for an appealing sketch. Photo: Kensington Palace

The garden’s centrepiece will be a high platform tree house, clad in stag horn oak that draws inspiration from a bird or animal nest.

It will also feature a swing seat, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.
Interaction with the natural environment will be encouraged through the garden’s “multi-sensory”, green and blue plant scheme.

The design also includes “incredible edibles”, plants for craft activities, “forest scents” and a range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures.

A waterfall and stream will provide an opportunity for children to paddle and play when the show opens in May.