A show garden co-designed by the HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White is to be shown at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show – and we have a sneak peek, of the drawings, at least.
The Back to Nature Garden is to highlight the benefits of gardening for mental and physical health, and especially for the wellbeing of children. The official royal.uk statement describes the garden as 'based on a woodland', and that it 'seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children'.
The garden features a treehouse inspired by birds' nests and animal dens. A natural planting scheme includes wildflowers and wild strawberries, and a waterfall and a stream contribute to evoking the atmosphere of a woodland.
'We couldn’t be happier with the wonderful design by The Duchess of Cambridge and Andree and Adam for our garden at Chelsea this year,' says Sue Biggs, RHS director general. 'The RHS’s garden is a beautiful, natural space for families to get together, play, dig, grow plants, connect with nature and spend time in the great outdoors – something core to us as a charity to promote, inspire and encourage people to do.
'There are many sensory elements to help children to learn. Active play in the fresh air is also important for a child’s development and getting back to nature has been shown to be good for developing creativity, increasing physical activity and reducing stress.'