Kate Middleton’s Chelsea Flower Show exhibit “Back to Nature” was such a big success that is was brought back bigger and better at the Hampton Court Palace Garden.
One of the voices behind the bettering of the garden was none other than the Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son, Prince George.
During the unveiling and picnic with kids on Monday, the Duchess told Jake Catling, director of the Landscaping Consultants that George thought the garden needed a path. Catling told Hello!, “We made the stepping stones because Prince George wanted them. The kids loved jumping across it, and it was down to Kate we got that in.”
Children from Kate’s patronages Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be were invited to examine the space that is now twice the size. They also joined the Duchess in a treasure hunt and insect spotting activity.
Kate revealed to some of the youth that Princess Charlotte had helped gather the pine cones that were part of the treasure hunt.
Catling added that the Duchess was very “hands on” when it came to getting the garden space ready. “She was very hands on, it was fantastic. She came and did lots of planting and directing everyone around and got involved in the mulching.”
The Hampton Court Palace Garden also included new features like a pond, hidden burrow inspired by a Badger’s sett and a bee-friendly wildflower meadow.
After the showing at Hampton Court ends in September, the garden will move to a permanent home at the RHS garden at Wisley just southwest of London.