Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated by The Prince of Wales and Bunny Guinness will be published next week. It is a lovely book that details the lavish and exquisite gardens of Highgrove month by month.
Highgrove goes thorough monthly transformations and the book details the gardens throughout the varying seasons. The Prince of Wales and Ms Guinness discuss the impetus for each garden as well as what the highs and lows of planning for what really is the Princes ‘jewel in the crown’ if you will.
Included are some of Charles’s watercolours along with photographs of the gardens.
In speaking with Bunny Guinness in The Daily Mail, Charles commented: “I find it hard to believe that I have been at Highgrove for 34 years. During that time I have tried to enhance the landscape and the setting of the house; I have tried to create a structure and a framework through the judicious use of hedges, avenues and topiary. Half the battle about making a garden is to ensure there is something interesting to look at in the winter months, so geometrical shapes and patterns help a great deal – particularly when viewed from the windows of the house. Long shadows cast by avenues and hedges in the winter sun are, to my mind, an essential, rewarding feature of a garden set in its landscape.”
Highgrove house is the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s home. Located near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, Charles bought the home, garden and farm (know the Duchy Home Farm) in 1980.
Upon his purchase in 1980, Charles has tirelessly worked to renovate and rehab the surrounding gardens. Once a rather dull and mismatched smattering of plants and trees, the garden is now one of a vast array of plants, trees, shrubbery and the like.
An excerpt from Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated:
The much-loved cottage garden is enjoyed for most of the year. The garden, about 100 metres long and 20 metres wide, celebrates the arrival of spring proper with an explosion of colour, the foliage gently brushing your legs as you voyage through it, seductively inviting you to notice its harmonious scents and textures.
Huge changes take place in the cottage garden during April, but every year our capricious climate means this month is unpredictable, each one bringing forth different conditions and challenges. Most years, however, this month sees tulips, foxgloves, cornflowers, forget-me-nots in blue, pale blue and pink, and honesty adding clear spring colour among the sea of new foliage of the many cottage garden favourites that are blooming. The plan of the beds follows a meandering pattern and is interspersed with narrow grassy paths that encourage you to get right up to and almost in among the planting.
“Whatever the case, my enduring hope is that those who visit the garden may find something to inspire, excite, fascinate or soothe them,” Charles commented. Indeed they will sir, indeed they will.