Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has had a busy month working on a botanical design project. In early May, the royal finally unveiled her Back to Nature Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Kate, who has been a vocal advocate for the benefits of nature on physical and mental health, designed the garden with landscape artists Andree Davies and Adam White. The trio put a lot of thoughtful elements to help families reconnect with nature, including a stream, waterfalls, a tree house and a rope swing.
“It’s a natural space, a really exciting space, for kids and adults alike to share and explore,” Kate told media outlets. “I really feel that nature, being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on physical and mental well-being particularly for young kiddies.”
Kate, whose family always comes first, also made sure to add her personal touches to the green project. The mother of three paid tribute to some of her family members through the details in the garden,
Not only did she model the waterfall after the one found at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, she also grew beetroots and carrots in honor of the Monarch. Queen Elizabeth II used to grow these vegetables in her own garden when she was a young girl.
Kate’s special garden also features forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flowers. In the photos shared by Kensington Palace, the future queen can be seen planting the flower ahead of the Chelsea Flower Show, which is an event that the late Princess of Wales attended several times.
This isn’t the first time that the Chelsea Flower Show included a tribute to the People’s Princess. In 2013, Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale designed a garden that featured the flowers.
Kate isn’t the only royal who has used forget-me-nots to pay tribute to Diana in the last few weeks. For Mother’s Day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a sweet message on their Instagram account, accompanied by a photo of their newborn son’s feet and a field of the small blue flowers in the background.
Princess Diana’s love for the flowers started at a young age when she received them from her brother.
“Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, gave some forget-me-nots to her when they were younger. They stayed with her as one of her favorite flowers, so it was important to include them,” Sean Harkin, head gardener at Kensington Palace, told Vogue.
While Diana showed preference for forget-me-nots, she still had an appreciation for all greenery.
“She would stop by and talk to the gardeners when she was living here,” Harkin explained. “She might be going out for a jog or a walk in the park and if it was early and it was quiet, she would have a chat with them.”
Well, there is no doubt that Diana would’ve loved Kate’s garden and inspiration behind it. The garden is such a hit that the royal has been invited to co-design a second one at the London show.
According to Town & Country, the second show will feature some of Kate’s original designs as well as “many elements” of the first one.