Engagements

The Grand Garden Finale

I was expecting The Duchess of Cambridge to just visit and bring along a few children to the third showing of her Garden but, as always, she’s exceeded my expectations! Today, she attended a full ‘Back To Nature’ Festival!

 

The Duchess arrived at the festival on a tractor!

 

And Kate made it a priority to thank the driver! This video is so sweet:

 

She invited multiple people from her different charities, patronages, and Early Years work! I saw people from Place2Be, Family Action, and Evelina Londons Children’s Hospital  just to name a few!

 

The Festival had lots of different things to do and the children (and parents!) clearly enjoyed themselves!

 

Some face painting went on…

 

Here The Duchess is sweetly talking to a little boy who apparently had his face painted as Batman!

 

Here’s Kate playing with some children at the coconut shy:

 

Also in attendance was famed cook and baker, Mary Berry, who Kate is known to be a fan of!

 

The moment of the day came when The Duchess met sweet little Mathilda Griffiths! She told Mathilda’s mother: “My little boy [Louis] loves smelling the flowers & being out in the garden”.

 

Kate dancing with Mathilda will make your day… mark my words:

 

Catherine gave a speech in a very picturesque location and talked about how it “takes a village to raise children”.

 

Kensington Palace posted her speech with some more sweet footage from the engagement!

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The experiences we gain during our earliest years influences who we become as people. They influence how we interact in school, in work and in society and, ultimately how we bring up our own children. Whether it is planting 🌳 exploring 🔍 digging ⛏ creating 🎨 or playing; quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them. There is a well-known proverb – that it takes a village to raise a child – everyone here represents an integral part of that very village. By coming together, having fun, learning and experiencing new things, we can all impart life-long benefits on our children. The Duchess of Cambridge, at the #BacktoNature festival at @rhswisley 🍂 which celebrates the value of communities to our wellbeing and marks the culmination of the RHS garden project. 🎥 Footage courtesy of @the_rhs

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The Duchess of Cambridge also opened their RHS Wisley’s new  playground that is based on her ‘Back to Nature Garden’!

 

A lovely detail about this playground: It includes two connected treehouses to encourage kids and families to play together!

 

Kensington Palace Says:  “Her Royal Highness has aimed to highlight how spending time outdoors can enrich a child’s early development by providing an environment that encourages active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships.”

 

For her last garden visit (cries) The Duchess wore a gorgeous new Emilia Wickstead dress with her Fleur Monsoon wedges!

 

This visit (sadly) marks the Grand Finally of Kate’s Garden project (well…that we know of). It was announced in January 2019 that The Duchess of Cambridge had been working on designing a garden since September 2018 with award winning designers, Davies and White.

 

The trio first debuted their garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May where The Duchess showed Her Majesty The Queen around their garden:

 

We also got quite a few behind the scenes content with The Duchess giving BBC an interview and taking her little family to visit the garden. Prince George gave his mummy a 20/10 and I’m sure he’s absolutely accurate haha!

 

This garden was then transferred to the The Dewnans Center. In their entry form in a contest to win the garden they said: “The garden would offer a chance to bring the outside in, especially important for people who will always have limited access to green spaces. For patients it would mean ownership, a chance to put something back, as well as giving opportunities for co-production through joint work with staff, experts, community and family members”.

 

Next up was the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July! The garden featured same elements from the first garden but was twice it’s size and featured a new hill, a bee friendly meadow, and a pond to paddle in.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge didn’t simply show up to view the garden but she hosted children from 4 of her patronages (Anne Freud Center, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Place2Be, and Action For Children) to have a picnic and treasure hunt around the garden!

 

And finally today marks the end! The “garden” will be permanently based at RHS Wisley from now on.

 

This whole project has been a massive success. The Duchess of Cambridge’s aim was to get families and children to spend more time outside or even just a few minutes as it greatly affects your physical and mental health. I firmly believe she achieved her goal. Everything was properly planned out from the small details such as her designing activity cards for kids to enjoy with household items and her making the connection between her patronages and inviting their children to enjoy the garden. I applaud our Duchess for her amazing work and I know we can’t wait to see more!

 

 

 

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