The royal residences have some of the most remarkable gardens in the country, and green-fingered royals, including the Queen and Princess Anne, have a few gardening tricks up their (green) sleeves.
The sun has finally put on its hat, but if your garden is looking a little unloved after winter, you’ve come to the right place. From banishing weeds to growing flowers that last, we’ve compiled an edit of all the best gardening tips from around the world. Royal family.
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The royal residences have some of the most beautiful gardens in the country, and while there are undoubtedly countless members of staff who keep the palace’s outdoor spaces immaculate, members of the royal family themselves have been known to dabble among daffodils and daisies.
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Read on for all the times the Royal Family, including Prince William, The Queen, Princess Anne and Prince Charles were kind enough to share their gardening tips.
1. Buy a gardening book
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the Duke of Cambridge revealed that Kate Middleton encouraged him to get involved in gardening so he would have a hobby to share with his father, Prince Charles. And since Prince William revealed, “I have no idea what I’m doing,” she was even going to buy him a gardening book!
Brian Penney, co-ordinator of Men’s Sheds, said of the Duke after his visit to Rhyl, North Wales: “He told me that Kate was inviting him to garden. She was going to buy him Monty Don’s book.
The Complete Gardener by Monty Don, £13.50, Amazon
“He said she wanted to bring him in because Charles is into it, so it’s something they can enjoy together. He was so down to earth, such a nice man.”
2. Follow the queen weed hack
The Queen’s gardener has revealed her tricks
According to her friend Lady Elizabeth Anson, His Majesty knows the plants very well and knows all their Latin names.
While she hasn’t personally shared her hacks, Buckingham Palace’s head gardener Mark Lane has. During a Q&A in 2020, Mark revealed that adding mulch to flower beds could help reduce weed growth and suggested geraniums, violas and ivy are the types of plants you should grow in shade gardens.
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3. Get the grandkids involved
Prince Charles enjoys gardening with Prince George
Prince Charles loves to plant trees, especially to interest his grandchildren in gardening. Speaking of Prince Georgehe revealed, “The most important thing is that I made him plant a tree or two here, so we planted it together and shoveled it in the dirt. That’s how I think, when you’re very small, and then every time they come, you say, “See how much the tree has grown?”, or whatever, and you hope they’re interested.”
The Prince of Wales, who helped his grandmother the Queen Mother look after the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, added: “I’ve always loved gardening – I hate to say it – from a gardening perspective. a child. It’s a funny thing, because I have such fond memories of bits of garden at my grandmother’s.”
Now his houses are designed for children, from the paths of Highgrove to the maze of Dumfries House. “We’ve done a maze now up there, which is kind of fun, and I loved a maze when I was young. You just put yourself in the kid’s shoes and sometimes it works.”
4. Choose long-lasting Princess Anne flowers
The royal at her home in Gatcombe Park
If you really want to reap the rewards of your gardening efforts, try Princess Anne’s favorite flowers, hellebores. The Royal said: “Not only do they bloom early, but they continue to bloom for two monthsand they are often beautifully marked with endless variation.” Many hellebores are evergreen and have nodding flowers from late winter to spring.
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5. Use gardening as family bonding time
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During a royal engagement, Kate Middleton previously said: “I have such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside since my own childhood, and I share that with my own children, George and Charlotte, at this time.”
The Duchess of Cambridge even co-designed the RHS Back to Nature Garden in 2019, complete with a treehouse and waterfall, which aimed to encourage people to spend more time outdoors.
She then released five step-by-step activity guides to inspire young gardeners in their own homes, which included how to create fairy gardens, welly planters and painted pebbles – maybe Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis did it in their garden!
Her three children have clearly inherited her passion as she told staff at the Fakenham Garden Center in Norfolk that she often takes them to garden centres. She said: “They love it, it’s such a great space for kids and families.” Weekend activities sorted!
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6. Grow fresh produce like Prince Philip
The late Prince Philip had a vegetable garden
The Queen’s summer hideaway, Balmoral Castle, now includes a kitchen garden and vegetable garden which was set up by her late husband, Prince Philip.
Take inspiration from the Duke of Edinburgh, who had a keen interest in cooking, and grow your own fresh produce for barbecue season and beyond.
7. Add a pop of color like Prince Charles
Prince Charles loves bright colors
We know this is the second time we’ve mentioned Prince Charles, but one look at the gardens at Highgrove House and it’s clear he loves horticulture. It turns out that choosing bright colors and florals is her trick to keeping her outdoor spaces spotless.
The 15-acre plot is a riot of colorful flowers, and head gardener Debs Goodenough has already said HELLO! : “His Royal Highness has a wonderful eye for color, he is an artist.
“He also weeds and likes to prune. He likes to be outside in the garden, which he knows perfectly well.”
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