Kate visits her Chelsea Flower Show garden
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis spent almost an hour playing in their mother’s garden on Sunday.
The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show to visit her woodland wilderness garden.
Kate is joining local school pupils for outdoor activities, just a day after her own children enjoyed a playful trip to the Back To Nature Garden.
Co-created alongside landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Kate’s garden aims to highlight the benefits the natural world brings to mental and physical well-being.
The space, which Kate hopes will inspire families “to get outside” and “enjoy nature”, features a tree house, swing seat, waterfall, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.
Kate will join the youngsters in activities around the garden – such as making boats from reeds – that demonstrate some of the creative and active skills that children can learn from being in the great outdoors.
On Sunday, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis spent almost an hour playing in their mother’s garden, as shown in six candid images released by Kensington Palace.
A barefoot George and Charlotte are seen dangling their legs over a stream, while an excited Louis runs along a wooden path carrying a branch as the Duke of Cambridge looks on smiling.
Four-year-old Charlotte, dressed in a floral frock, and one-year-old Louis, wearing shorts and a cardigan, can be seen trying out the swing seat which Kate was photographed on in the build-up to this week’s show.
It is understood Kate wanted to show her children the finished project on Sunday, so they could see what she has been spending time working on.
Kate has previously said she has “fond memories” of being outdoors as a child and is passing that passion on to her children.
The duchess has been at the site almost every day in the five days leading up to the opening of the event and has been closely involved in the project from the very beginning.
Kate’s involvement with the 2019 RHS garden at the Chelsea Flower Show was first revealed earlier in the year.
Her garden’s centrepiece is a high-platform tree house atop a chestnut trunk, clad in stag horn oak, hazel and larch cladding that draws inspiration from a bird or animal nest.
Interaction with the natural environment will be encouraged through the garden’s “multi-sensory” green and blue plant scheme.
A garden co-created by the Duchess of Cambridge @The_RHS Chelsea Flower Show featuring a tree house, forget-me-not, waterfall, den and campfire aims to highlight the benefits the natural world brings to children’s physical and mental well-being. pic.twitter.com/nTIJFVftqz— Catherine Wylie (@wyliecatherine) May 19, 2019
Kate remembered the late Diana, Princess of Wales by including forget-me-nots, her favourite flowers.
Among the blooms and foliage are blue periwinkle flowers, geraniums, astrantias, wild strawberry plants, ferns and rhubarb.
Trees planted in the garden include a weeping beech tree, which is an ideal base for building a den under branches.
Decking in the garden was created using reclaimed timber from Southend Pier.