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What to expect from Kate Middleton’s Chelsea Flower Show garden

Duchess of Cambridge’s entry focuses on connection between nature and mental well-being

Kate Middleton has helped to design a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s horticultural creation, titled Back to Nature, is said to have been inspired by “magic” childhood memories of spending time in the “great outdoors”, and uses “wild planting and natural materials”.

Her collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Kingston-based landscape architects Davies White marks the first time that the Royal has been involved in a display at the world’s most famous horticultural show, the London Evening Standard reports.

Award-winning garden designer Adam White explained that he and the Duchess “spoke about our childhood memories, being outdoors and exploring nature”, and that she had been “very open and has been hugely collaborative”.

“She is very hands-on, model making, emailing images, coming up with all the ideas that we want to capture. She would often bring a folder of cuttings with her full of ideas,” he continued.

According to well-being magazine Happiful, the Duchess hopes to “encourage families to rediscover nature, as well as the physical and mental health benefits it has to offer”.

A Palace spokesperson said: “The garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations.

“The garden will build on Her Royal Highness’s passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health.”

RHS director Sue Biggs added: “We could not be more thrilled, or feel more honoured, that the Duchess of Cambridge has co-designed our RHS Garden at Chelsea Flower Show.”

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