The Queen’s Gardener Reveals Landscaping Tips in “Buckingham Palace: A Royal Garden”

Photo credit: JOHN CAMPBELL for Royal Collection Trust

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It was announced just last week that visitors to Buckingham Palace will soon be able to take a self-guided tour of its extensive gardens for the first time this summer. Well, we’re excited to share even more royal landscape news – which doesn’t require travel at all. A new book by Claire Masset titled Buckingham Palace: A Royal Garden hits shelves (and online retail) today, offering readers insights and tips from the gardener at Buckingham Palace, Mark Lane, as well as a look at how this one Green looks estate changes every season.

Published by the Royal Collection Trust, Buckingham Palace: A Royal Garden explores a year in the life of arguably the most famous royal garden in England and beyond, accompanied by scenic photographs and anecdotes from members of the royal family. The Queen’s three annual garden parties take place in this historic landscape every summer, with a total of more than 30,000 guests.

The garden at Buckingham Palace, which is part of the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, was originally designed by gardener Henry Wise over 300 years ago. Shortly afterwards, King George IV commissioned the English botanist William Townsend Aiton to oversee the redesign of the garden. Today, this famous site features a 15-foot-high stone urn (made from a single piece of Carrara marble!) Known as the Waterloo Vase, a tennis court, a 19th-century lake, and even a helipad.

Ever since Buckingham House, as it was originally called, became a palace in the 1820s, the lush surrounding landscape has been to be admired by the British royal family and their guests for generations. Of course, Queen Elizabeth II is not the only queen with ties to this historic garden. The 42-acre private park at Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s official residence in London – features trees planted by (and named after!) Other royals, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as well as a mulberry tree that was planted during the reign was sown by King James I in the early 1600s.

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Photo credit: John Campbell for Royal Collection Trust

Photo credit: John Campbell for Royal Collection Trust

Of course, no garden looks exactly like Buckingham Palace all year round: A royal garden shows and reveals how much this famous landscape changes with each season. In spring, daffodils, bluebells and azaleas are just a few of the flowers that bloom, while various rows of roses greet you in all their glory in summer. As for fall, don’t expect a shortage of picturesque full-size foliage. and even in winter a lot still blooms, like the Japanese cornel (AKA cornus officinalis), which brightens up every dreary day in London with a cheerful shade of yellow.

So how can you design your own garden to resemble the 42 acre garden at Buckingham Palace? Mark Lane, the chief gardener at Buckingham Palace, shares several landscaping tips and tricks in this book, including an unexpected but undoubtedly helpful benefit: beehives! Yes, you read that right – for the past 13 years this royal garden has been home to five beehives, filled with the creatures that many of us are afraid of – all of which are ready, the many flowers, shrubs and shrubs to pollinate everything in between makes up this spectacular park.

No wonder this garden is worthy of not only Queen Elizabeth II herself, but also previous, present and future generations of royal descendants. Would you like to learn more about this landmark landscape? You can buy Buckingham Palace: A Royal Garden here.

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