From getting involved with sporting activities to building make-shift shelters with a troupe of Boy Scouts, the Duchess of Cambridge has never shied away from getting her hands dirty whilst carrying out her official royal duties.
Now Catherine has shown off her green fingers as several new photographs were shared on Monday showing the young royal helping to create her ‘Back to Nature’ garden which will go on display at the Royal Horticulture Society’s Chelsea Flower Show next week.
The duchess can be seen laughing and smiling in the photos which were shared on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account, as she inspects hand-drawn plans with her team of landscape architects and helps with planting.
Catherine showed off her natural beauty as she stepped out wearing a practical khaki coat and black high-neck jumper for the outing, wearing her hair loose and straight, rather than in its usual curled style.
“One week to go until #RHSChelsea – when The Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘Back to Nature’ Garden will officially be revealed!” the caption read. “Over the past few months, The Duchess and landscape architects Davies White have visited plant nurseries, suppliers and specialist craftspeople who have been growing and building elements of the garden ready for Chelsea.”
🍃 One week to go until #RHSChelsea – when The Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘Back to Nature’ Garden will officially be revealed! Over the past few months, The Duchess and landscape architects Davies White have visited plant nurseries, suppliers and specialist craftspeople who have been growing and building elements of the garden ready for Chelsea. The Duchess has worked with @the_rhs and Davies White to design and build the garden, to highlight how being active in nature can positively impact our physical and mental health. The garden has a natural woodland feel and contains lots of unique design features to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together. Visit the link in our bio to find out more.
The garden design features a number of child-friendly elements, including a stream and tree house. According to Hello! magazine, it will also feature a swing seat, campfire and a rustic den similar to one that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis play in within the grounds of Anmer Hall.
The news that Catherine would be designing the garden was announced by the palace back in January, coinciding with the duchess’ visit to the Islington Community Garden where she helped local schoolchildren to make fresh pizza and decorate their own birdboxes.
The mum-of-three kept her look understated for that appearance, opting for practical gardening clothes rather than a designer frock, in a pair of khaki leggings which she paired with sensible lace-up walking boots and a hooded jacket in a similar shade of green.
A statement released by the palace at the time said the duchess’ garden will “highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature”.
“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,” a spokesperson added.
“The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development.”
Catherine is following in the footsteps of her father-in-law Prince Charles who has previously designed a flower garden for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.