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Back to Nature Garden designed by The Duchess of Cambridge

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is based in a woodland setting as a space for families and communities to come together and connect with nature.

Key elements of the garden include a beautifully crafted hollow log for children to climb through, a den, waterfall, stream and tree house. 

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The tree house forms the centrepiece of the garden and features a tree house rope swing hanging from the branches, creating a place for children and families to play together.

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

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The waterfall and stream also encourages play – from floating Poohsticks and chasing them along the stream to making dams with stones and sand to attract more wildlife. 

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Wild trees and shrubs combined with a cool, calm colour palette of green and blue provide an instant 'nature fix' to relax and calm, while the playful and diverse planting includes edibles, plants for craft activities and forest scents, ranging from tiny wild strawberries to magnificent trees.

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

This space isn't just for people either – the flowers, fruits and seeds provide food for wildlife and nectar for bees and butterflies, while the plants offer nesting sites and shelter for birds and other animals.

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The RHS Back to Nature Garden is part of the RHS’s partnership with NHS England, which promotes the physical and emotional wellbeing that access to green spaces and gardening provides. After Chelsea, some of the planting and landscaping will go to an NHS Mental Health Trust, as part of a national competition run by the RHS.

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Plant list

Trees

Amelanchier lamarckii
Juglans regia
Pinus sylvestris
Acer campestre
Carpinus betulus
Prunus serrula
Corylus avellana
Cedrus deodara
Pyrus communis 'Doyenne du Comice'
Betula nigra
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Ilex x aquipernyi 'Dragon Lady'
Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'
Tilia tomentosa
Prunus x schmittii
Prunus domestica 'Blue Tit'

Mid storey planting

Corylus avellana
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Salix cinerea

Shrubs

Viburnum opulus
Sarcococca confusa
Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Angel Gold'
Cornus kousa
Physocarpus bracteatus

Ferns

Asplenium scolopendrium
Athyrium filix-femina
Dryopteris filix-mas
Polypodium vulgare
Blechnum spicant

 

Perennials & Ground Cover Plants

Alchemilla mollis
Vinca minor
Tiarella cordifolia
Gunnera manicata
Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'
Vinca major
Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum'
Aster divaricatus
Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double'
Tellima grandiflora
Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'
Galium odoratum
Lamium orvala
Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'
Rodgersia podophylla
Geranium sanguineum 'Album'
Rubus tricolor
Viola tricolor
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Fragaria vesca
Viola odorata 'Queen Charlotte'
Allium ursinum
Rodgersia sambucifolia
Geranium phaeum
Salvia x sylvestris 'Viola Klose'
Brunnera macrophylla
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Patriot'
Hypericum androsaemum
Trollius x cultorum 'Cheddar'
Epimedium grandiflorum 'White Queen'
Smyrnium perfoliatum
Phlox divaricata

 

Grasses

Stipa tenuissima
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'