Sunday, October 23, 2011

Highgrove Gardens

Happened upon a special PBS show this evening of a tour of the stunning gardens at Highgrove, the residence of the Prince of Wales. It was a rare glimpse into the environmental stewardship the Prince has lead over the years on his estate.

The grounds are known for a reed bed sewage treatment system, an acre of organic kitchen vegetable garden, and a stumpery (a forest garden decorated with stumps) where the young princes had a tree house.

Garden tours are available during the summer and early fall, perhaps our next England trip will include this, though children under 12 are not permitted on the grounds.

Amazingly, the wildflower meadow is created by depleting the soil of nutrients, the opposite of most garden beds.  They have created a special wildflower mix using 130 species of flowers and plants that were typical of the Gloucestershire area in England.

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