Duchess of Cambridge garden tipped to 'wonder' at Chelsea by Gardeners' World expert Carol Klein

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge visits Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, UK - 14 May 2019
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Carol Klein is again part of the BBC presenting team covering the event

The Duchess of Cambridge is aiming to “trigger in adults the sense of wonder they felt as children” with her debut garden at this month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, reveals Gardeners’ World expert Carol Klein.

Carol reckons visitors to the show – which will be screened on BBC1 and BBC2 – are in for a “treat” when they see Kate’s garden, which the royal has spent three months working on with award-winning landscape architects Andreé Davies and Adam White.

Carol Kelin at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2018

Gardeners' World legend Carol Klein reckons people will love Kate's "Back to Nature Garden" (Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock)

Kate’s “Back to Nature Garden” is expected to feature a swing seat, den and a stream for people to paddle in.

“The Duchess is aiming to trigger in adults the sense of wonder they felt as children – happy memories of times they went out to play,” explains Carol in a chat with TV Times.

“At the same time, the paddling in the stream, stepping stones, tree stumps and hollow logs will inspire children to make their own happy memories and connect with nature. The Duchess is a big believer in the positive impact plants and the environment can have on people, and the gardens will reflect that. I think we’re in for a treat.”

Gardening queen Carol adds that she hasn’t met the Duchess of Cambridge yet, but she hopes to.

“I’m not sure I’ll get her digging with me! I’ve met Prince Charles and the Queen – who loves gardens so she’s keen to chat. And you couldn’t keep the Queen Mother out of Chelsea – she loved it! She used to be driven around in a golf buggy and would ask her driver to stop near me so we could chat about my flowers.”

And Carol predicts that the Duchess of Cambridge will provide one of the highlights of Chelsea with her garden.

“Her garden aims to inspire families to get outside and explore nature, and I can’t think of anything better than encouraging youngsters to get their hands dirty.”

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is on BBC1 and BBC2, Sunday-Friday.

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