With Bank Holiday weekend on the horizon, it’s time to get stuck in to that great British tradition of “sorting out the garden”. We thought we’d offer you a little inspiration, courtesy of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, as we take a look at his garden at Highgrove.
Since he first arrived at Highgrove in 1980, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales has devoted much time and energy to transforming the gardens. With the help and advice of experts in the field and the dedicated estate staff, it has become one of the most creatively inspired gardens in the UK. A series of interlinked areas, each with their own character and purpose, now weave themselves together, with the house always visible in the distance.
Highgrove’s greatest jewel in Spring is vibrant and humming, full of blooming wild flowers which are being visited by a plethora of insects and birds. The scene changes dramatically in different lights and is constantly busy, open all hours of the day and night. As twilight beckons, the Meadow is equally arresting: bats replace the birds, and moths and owls are on the hunt for insects, pollen or small mammals.
The Thyme Walk
Highgrove is famed for its magical Thyme Walk. There are few thyme lawns and walks left today, but they were very common in earlier gardens. Apart from its rarity, the Highgrove Thyme Walk is even more exceptional because of its dramatic scale and the broad range of different varieties of thymes used. The fine, fragrant pathway runs west from the Terrace Garden towards the Dovecote for about 95 metres. The view from the Lily Pool Garden up towards the Thyme Walk shows varying colours of green and gold in the heat of Summer.
The Carpet Garden
The Carpet Garden is an exquisite, exotic site, and becomes heavy with scent and bright colours in July. The idea for this otherworldly garden came from one of the carpets at Highgrove.
Win a visit to Highgrove
We’ve got two tickets for a Champagne Tea Tour of Highgrove to give away. To be in with a chance of winning them, just answer this question:
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Terms and conditions
The winner will need to book their Champagne Tea Tour tickets once they have received their gift box and invitations by visiting www.highgrovegardens.com.
Highgrove is open on selected dates between May and September for Champagne Tea Tours and you will have until September 2015 to book your Tour.
Admittance to Highgrove is by presentation of a pre-booked ticket only.
All guests must bring some form of photographic identification with them – ideally a passport, driving licence or bus pass. Alternatively two utility bills will be accepted.
Mobile phones and the use of photographic, film and video equipment are strictly prohibited anywhere on the Estate.
1. No purchase necessary. Please enter your name and email address. Only one entry per person allowed. Proof of entering is not proof of receipt of entry.
2. To be eligible, entries must be received on or before the closing date of 1/05/14 at 11:59 PM. All entries shall become the property of Waterstones.com, and their directors, officers, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies are not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
3. Entrants must be over 16 years old and residents of the UK or Ireland.
4. There will be 1 winner of two tickets for a Champagne Tea Tour of Highgrove.
5. The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
6. Subject to availability.
7. No cash alternative will be offered. Travel and other expenses are not included. The prize is non-transferable.
8. A random draw will take place on the morning of 5/04/14 to select the winners. The prize winner will be notified by email, and will need to respond by midnight 7/05/14 as to whether they are willing to accept the prize. If a selected entrant does not meet all of the contract conditions, another entrant will be selected from the remaining eligible entries.
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Full terms and conditions are available at www.highgrovegardens.com