The Queen Visits Kate at the Chelsea Flower Show to See the Garden the Duchess Designed

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Wearing a lovely floral Erdem maxi-dress for the occasion the Duchess of Cambridge attended the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show, which runs May 21 through May 25, where she was joined by her husband Prince William and the Queen. This year’s show is extra special for Kate because she was involved in the creation of one of the exhibits.

The Duchess co-created the “Back to Nature” garden alongside landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White.  The Sunday prior to the show, her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, arrived for their own tour of the pretty woodland their mum had co-designed. This caused a wee scandal because children under 5 are banned from the grounds.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used their Instagram account to post several adorable snaps of their three children playing and helping with the garden. The official social media account @kensingtonroyal included more details about Kate’s role in the garden and her personal beliefs in the importance of the outdoors, it read:

“The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature.”

“Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular.”

“Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.”

The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”