Duchess of Cambridge shows off gardening skills for Chelsea Flower Show – CTV News

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Kate Middleton Is All Smiles on Rope Swing as She Previews New Garden
The Duchess of Cambridges garden will feature a rope swing, campfire area, plants that can be used in crafting activities, and a waterfall with a stream for children to play in. (Handout/Kensington Palace)

The Duchess of Cambridge is putting her green thumb to use in an effort to highlight the proven benefits of nature on physical and mental health.

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.

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The Duchess is helping to design the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Inspired by her passion for childhood development, the Back to Nature garden will use natural materials and plants to create a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.

It is proven that nature is good for wellbeing, so the garden is aiming to inspire interaction with the natural environment through its multisensory, green and blue plant scheme, read a press release from the Royal family.

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At the center of the garden will be a platform tree house, inspired by a bird or animal nest, which will provide visitors with a place to relax and look out through the trees.

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.

The garden will also feature a rope swing, campfire area, plants that can be used in crafting activities, and a waterfall with a stream for children to play in.

At the center of the garden will be a platform tree house, inspired by a bird or animal nest, which will provide visitors with a place to relax and look out through the trees. (Handout/Kensington Palace)

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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.

In photos shared on May 19, the royal family is seen exploring the gardens stream and rope swing. How sweet! Kate co-designed the garden alongside landscape architects Davies White, with her passion for the outdoors and her focus on early childhood development in mind. She drew from her own upbringing and the memories she shares with her own children. Keep reading to see all of the familys precious photos below.

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

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.

This week, Kate Middleton unveiled her Back to Nature Garden, which she helped design with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White. The Duchess of Cambridge took on the project as a way to help encourage children to spend more time outdoors and, according to Kate herself, this goal is part of a “heartbreaking” struggle for parents everywhere.

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

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.

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

As part of her research for the project, Kate said she spoke with parents and other caretakers about helping children grow through time spent outdoors. According to Express, before the Gardens debut, Kate explained her process:

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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.”

“It has been reaffirming and immensely heartening to hear from the parents and carers you work with about what they need, and what they want for the children in their care.

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.”

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.”

George, five, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one, would have been in familiar territory. For not only did Kate use their time playing outdoors as inspiration for the project, which will open to the public on Tuesday, but the children were actively involved in collecting twigs, logs and moss from around Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home.

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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.”

Pictures taken by portrait photographer Matt Porteous show Charlotte, barefoot in a pretty pink summer dress, on a rope-ball swing and Louis under the watchful eye of his father Prince William. George and Charlotte are also seen dipping their toes in a babbling brook.

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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.”

Kate has made early years intervention one of the cornerstones of her work after seeing how so many problems faced by adults she has met – such as mental health issues, addiction and social exclusion – stem from their childhood. 

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.

In an interview with gardener Monty Don for the BBC, to be broadcast tonight, Kate says: I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children.

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 space, which Kate hopes will inspire families to get outside and enjoy nature, features a tree house, waterfall, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.

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.

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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.

Speaking about the scientific evidence presented by the group, the duchess said: “Understanding that our brain develops to 90% of its adult size within these first five years helps crystallise how our experiences in these earliest years are so impactful, and influences who we become as individuals.

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.

Speaking about the parents and carers who were questioned as part of the research, she said: “It has been reaffirming and immensely heartening to hear from the parents and carers you work with about what they need, and what they want for the children in their care.

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Kate, mother to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, added: “I can understand that people are nervous about asking for help for fear of judgment, and how that sense of isolation can quickly become overriding and debilitating for any new parent.

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