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Kate Middleton Is All Smiles on Rope Swing as She Previews New Garden
Kensington Palaces Twitter account shared a number of photos that previewed the Duchess of Cambridges “Back to Nature” garden that she designed specifically for the beloved event. The Chelsea Flower Show kicks off May 21 and runs until May 25.

The Royal Familys official page specified that she will be co-designing the Royal Horticultural Society Garden.

The duchess personally designed the woodland wilderness plot at the world-renowned event with the aim of encouraging both children and adults to spend more time outdoors. In a newly-released photo from Kensington Palace, Kate, 37, can be seen playfully posing on a rope swing hanging from a tree – with Diana’s favourite flowers growing in the background. Bunches of blue forget-me-nots are featured in the green space as a touching tribute to the late Diana who had been fond of the flowers. 

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In one photo, Kate sits on a rope swing in a light blue button-down shirt with blue jeans, thick wool socks and brown boots.

In 2013 Prince Harry’s charity Sentable, which provides support for children suffering from AIDS, exhibited a “Forget-me-not” garden at the Chelsea Flower Show as a tribute to his late mother. 

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“We invite you to take a sneak peek at The Duchess of Cambridges #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden!” the palace captioned the picture.

Kate, 37, who is mum to Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, 13 months, looked relaxed as she was snapped in her garden wearing a loose blouse, jeans and hiking boots. 

According to Kensington Palaces Twitter, “The garden includes a swing seat, hanging below the gardens centrepiece, a high platform tree house.”

Kate’s “back to nature” theme also shines through in a hollow log to climb through as she seeks to encourage families to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun in the fresh air. 

Treehouse lovers and aficionados will appreciate the one that she added to her garden. Kates own treehouse here “is inspired by a bird or animal nest and provides a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees.”

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The 37-year-old had a very specific vision for her garden, too. The palace explained it is “aiming to inspire interaction with the natural environment through its multi-sensory, green and blue plant scheme.”

In 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, thousands of white forget-me-nots were planted in the grounds of Kensington Palace, her former residence. 

Theres more than rope swings and treehouses in it, too. There will be a plethora of plants and other types of foliage. It “will be filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures.”

 But this year is particularly special as The Duchess of Cambridge has been working with the RHS, and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White, to design a garden for the 2019 event. The design is called the RHS Back To Nature Garden, and includes a stream, treehouse, swing seat and a campfire. When the Palace announced that Kate would be involved with the Chelsea Flower Show, Kensington Palace stated the garden would help "inspire families to get outside and explore nature together." Adding: "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."

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The royal familys website wrote that Kate was partaking in this design “to highlight the benefits of the natural world and inspire children, families and communities to enjoy the great outdoors.”

It is one of the most highly anticipated events in the world of gardening, running for its 106th year, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is attended by hundreds of thousands of budding gardeners. From 11 show gardens, 17 smaller gardens, floral-inspired afternoon teas and Raymond Blanc food, there will be no shortage of things to do and see. With the upcoming show opening on Tuesday 21 May, here at HELLO! we have put together a guide of everything you need to know ahead of the grand 2019 opening…

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“The garden will build on Her Royal Highnesss passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health,” the site explained. “The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development.”

A Chelsea Flower Show insider told HELLO!: "There isn’t a formal dress code. People usually take it as a chance to dress smartly. We see a lot of floral print dresses around and shirts and ties on press day!" It is also sensible that your outfit is weather-appropriate and comfortable as you will be on your feet for most of the day – after all, who likes having to cope with a sore blister while you are trying to enjoy a beautiful horticultural exhibit…

Kates upbringing in the countryside as well as her three kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis helped inspire her designs for the garden.

From 2005, the show duration increased from four days to five days, with the first two days of the show – Tuesday and Wednesday – only accessible for RHS members. These two days tend to be quieter and displays tend to be fresher at the start of the week making this the perfect time to attend. If you wish to become a member, £47.25 will give you early access to this show and access to all the gardens throughout the year. 

The site said, “It is hoped that the garden will recapture the sense of wonder and magic that adults enjoyed as children when exploring outside.”

The event is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the United Kingdom with 11 main show gardens and 17 smaller gardens. The Queen is Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, meaning that it is not uncommon for Royal family members to attend the show, with Her Majesty, Princess Anne and The Countess of Wessex attending in 2018.

Kate and her husband Prince William have a number of patronages that often focus on mental health, especially for children. She also happens to work closely with a few athletic and outdoorsy organizations.

Tickets range from £42.00 for an evening ticket, £52.00 for afternoon tickets and £82.00 for all day tickets. At the time of publishing, all tickets for this year are sold out, but the RHS website encourages hopeful attendees to check back on the website for cancellations. 

On April 29—her 8th wedding anniversary—Kates mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II appointed her to the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which is given in recognition of her services to the sovereign.

Kates contribution and addition to the Chelsea Flower Show comes right on the heels of Queen Elizabeths royal garden parties, which include over 30,000 guests taking in the scenery at Buckingham Palace.

“It was abundantly clear – universally – that regardless of location, demographic or circumstance, all parents share the wish for their children to grow up happy, healthy, and equipped to be able to take every opportunity that comes their way.

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In a letter to the group she wrote: “Through our work, you have reaffirmed my belief of just how timely it is to focus on what happens in the early years of life, and how pivotal a stage of life this is for a childs future.”

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Kensington Palace “What happens in our early years is vital to our being able to engage positively in school, and in work and society, and ultimately, to how we bring up our own children,” the duchess says of the scientific research presented to her by the group. “The first few years of life, from conception to five, are pivotal for our future health, happiness, and ability to cope with adversity—and probably more so than at any other point of our lifetime. Understanding that our brain develops to 90 percent of its adult size within these first five years helps crystalize how our experiences in these earliest years are so impactful, and influences who we become as individuals.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent 20 hours last week digging and planting in preparation for the debut of her “Back to Nature” garden. Kate has been working alongside award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) on the woodland wilderness-themed project since January, and has been closely involved in every step of its journey. “The duchess and landscape architects Davies and White have visited plant nurseries, suppliers, and specialist craftspeople who have been growing and building elements of the garden for Chelsea,” says a Kensington Palace spokesperson.

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“I hope, through this work, that I will have more opportunities to help celebrate the talented and expert individuals who are working on the frontline,” she continues in the letter. “Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of speaking with mothers and fathers about the issues they deal with day-to-day. Your work has affirmed to me just how important it is to listen to parents and those who care for children. These are the people who cherish most the future happiness of, and opportunities for, their children, and their voices should be heard.”

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Her big reveal will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the duchess and the Royal Foundation establishing an expert committee on early childhood development to explore ways to better support children, expectant mothers, and new parents in the U.K. As the steering group concludes its research and reports, Kate has shared her thoughts on the findings in a letter thanking those involved for their efforts.

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Kensington Palace Kate’s garden follows visits across Britain to different organizations and individuals working on the frontline of early years development, including the Scouts’ headquarters in Essex and Blackpool’s “A Better Start” program, where she discussed the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers, and children in their early years.

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Wills, 36, said: “I’ve thought about this a lot, and I’m trying to understand why I feel like I do, but I think when you are bereaved at a very young age, any time really, but particularly at a young age, I can resonate closely to that, you feel pain like no other pain.

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“And you know that in your life it’s going to be very difficult to come across something that’s going to be even were pain than that.” 

On Saturday, three days before the opening, the royal mom of three, 37, shared four behind-the-scenes photos from the preparations on the Kensington Palace Instagram and Twitter pages.

In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life, Kate said in the caption. I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.

It comes after her hubby Wills admitted to suffering “pain like no other” and feeling like death was “just around the door”. 

In one of the pictures, Kate, who was an art history major at the University of St. Andrews, can be seen playfully enjoying a swing seat that is placed under a tree house, which serves as the gardens centerpiece.

His frank talk was over the death of his mum Princess Diana, who was killed in a horror car crash back in 1997 when Wills was just 15. 

The swing was included with hopes to encourage creative play and discovery for all generations while the woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing.

Kates garden is inspired not only by her own upbringing, but by the memories she shares with her three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. The garden features a tree house, edible plants, flowers for crafts, and a rope swing, which Kate playfully models in one of the photos. Keep reading to see an in-depth look at the garden ahead — were excited to see it fully on Monday.

And other photos show Kate collaborating with her two co-designers, Andrée Davies, 55, and Adam White, 45, to complete the Back to Nature-themed garden, which is meant to be a fun place for families to experience a natural environment together and enjoy the relaxing benefits of nature.

Kate Middleton is gearing up for the opening of the 2019 Royal Horticultural Society Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in just three days. The Duchess of Cambridge codesigned the garden, built on her passion for the outdoors and her focus on early childhood development, with landscape architects Davies White and shared a few sneak peeks on Instagram and Twitter.

Last Monday, the palace shared a glimpse into her artistic process in a series of photos in which Kate is shown collaborating with the designers on the project, which was a passion for her.

“In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life,” Kate added to the photos caption. “I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.”

Kate, who has taken on a very hands-on role to add inspiration and practical ideas for the garden, first revealed her unique plans in February.

👀 We invite you to take a sneak peek at The Duchess of Cambridges #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden!The garden includes a swing seat, hanging below the gardens centrepiece, a high platform tree house. #ChelseaFlowerShow pic.twitter.com/UtBbMJBCdb

Over the past few months, The Duchess and landscape architects Davies White have visited plant nurseries, suppliers and specialist craftspeople who have been growing and building elements of the garden ready for Chelsea, Kensington Palace said in a previous statement.

Kensington Royal/InstagramMoreThe Duchess has worked with @the_rhs and Davies White to design and build the garden, to highlight how being active in nature can positively impact our physical and mental health. The garden has a natural woodland feel and contains lots of unique design features to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together, the statement said.

Kate is known to regularly escape the bustle of London to enjoy the clean air and vibrant woods near her parents home in Bucklebury with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, so that the royal children can feel the dirt on their hands and the mud on their wellies — and in the future, little Prince Louis will join his siblings on their jaunts across the fields of Royal Berkshire, too.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show will take place Tuesday, May 21 through Saturday on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.