London / A lush garden imagined by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is the great attraction of the latest edition of the Chelsea Flower Show, the most famous gardening show in the world, inaugurated on Monday by Queen Elizabeth II in London.
Between a thick vegetation, a winding path allows you to traverse every corner of this green space, designed by the Duchess with the landscapers of the Davies White office, which includes a house in a tree with a swing, a cabin with space to make a bonfire and a stream where you get your feet wet.
“Return to Nature”
Inspired by his own childhood memories, the garden, baptized “Return to Nature”, wants to celebrate the benefits of going out to the field “for the physical and mental well-being, especially of the children,” said Catherine this Monday, presenting to the press her creation, accompanied by a group of schoolchildren.
“I really hope that this forest that we have created inspires families, children and communities to go outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors and spend quality time together”, she said in an interview with the BBC.
Before it was opened to the public, from 21 to 25 May, Catherine also visited this Sunday her particular oasis with her husband, Prince William, and his sons, George, Charlotte and Louis, who were filmed while enjoying all the details devised by his mother.
At the end of the Chelsea Flower Show, the design, which includes the favorite flowers of the deceased Princess Diana -mother of William-, nomeolvides, will move to a public mental health center, one of the favorite causes of the Duchess, who is 37 years old.
Personalities attracted by the event
Elizabeth II and other royalty members contemplate this and other gardens and 500 exhibitors of flowers and horticultural accessories on a private tour of the fair, which is celebrated from 1913 in idyllic grounds in west London.
The Chelsea sample, which annually visit about 168,000 people, in a reflection of the English passion for gardening, is a prominent event of the social calendar and also attracts rich and famous, among whom were today the actresses Judi Dench and Miranda Richardson, the writer David Walliams, the presenter Mary Berry and the famous BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman.
Landscapers from all over the world meet at the event, which includes sample gardens that are judged and rewarded, a large pavilion with all kinds of plants and flowers and furniture stores, sculptures and gardening products.
African and Latin American inspired samples
Another garden that focuses attention on this issue is promoted by the non-profit organization CAMFED, supported by the Dukes of Sussex, Henry and Meghan, which facilitates the education of women in rural settings in several African countries.
With a classroom in the background, this space plays a typical home garden of Zimbabwe, where they grow on a reddish earth pumpkins, cabbages and edible flowers, with colored barrels on the margins where peppers and fruit trees are planted.
“Among other things, women learn to cultivate with environmentally friendly techniques that optimize resources, and then we can sell the products and get a money”, explains to EFE Clarah Zinyama, an agricultural entrepreneur formed by the NGO.
The surrounding “Silent Garden” uses new technologies to extol natural sounds and floral essences that serve “to relieve stress”, a Finnish design plays with aquatic motifs and “Kampo no Niwa”, of the Japanese Miki Sato, uses the technique of “Feng shui” to locate medicinal herbs.
The popular English gardener Jonathan Snow signs “The unexplored garden of Latin America”, where visitors can travel, through a red-colored bridge, a lush jungle with a lake, all inspired by Chile’s famous geometrical baths.
“Interestingly, many of the plants in Chile are used here in the UK, so my intention is to show people where they come from and how the things they like grow up. I hope I have done justice”, tells EFE. (May 22nd, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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