The Royals unwittingly gave royal fans a cheeky look into their stunning homes and gardens, during numerous lockdown zoom calls. While the Royal Family has an army of gardeners to keep their acres of palace gardens looking immaculate, there are many gardening enthusiasts among the Windsors.
The Duchess’s love for gardening was little known until she designed a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show.
It’s little surprise that this hands-on mum’s love for the outdoors is linked to her children.
In 2019 Kate created a stunning exhibition garden that encourages children and families to spend time in nature together.
Her garden was designed to be a children’s paradise, featuring a treehouse, rustic den, campfire, stepping stones and a swing.
But the ultimate seal of approval came from Prince George who sweetly said he gave his mother’s garden “twenty out of ten.”
Prince Charles’s passion for gardening stems from a young age.
He told Gardeners World that as children he “grew vegetables and things” with his little sister Princess Anne in a plot at Buckingham Palace.
He also fondly recalled his grandmother’s garden at Royal Lodge in Windsor.
He said: “I remember being absolutely riveted as a child wandering about, looking at all the plants.”
He added: “The smell and everything had a profound effect on me.
“I don’t know why but I also grew to love trees, they always fascinated me.”
The royal was a keen horticulturist and took great interest in her gardens at Windsor.
She even created her own secret garden in the grounds of Frogmore House.
Neil Dodds, Frogmore’s head gardener, described the creation of the garden as part of the National Garden Scheme.
He said: “Before I arrived on the scene it actually was just more of a rubbish dump really.
“And then we created it into what… is the secret garden primarily for the Queen Mother, the late Queen Mother because she wanted somewhere to go and sit.
“There used to be a chair, a seat in there for her.”
Queen Elizabeth II fondly recalled her mother’s love for gardening to Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.
She said: “I have an early memory of my mother, Queen Elizabeth, being a hands-on gardener, a tradition that has been followed by other members of my family.