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Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated

8th April 2014

The Sundial Garden at Highgrove. Photo by Andrew Butler.

The Sundial Garden at Highgrove. Photo by Andrew Butler.

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The Prince of Wales has written a new book about the gardens at his Highgrove home in Tebury, Gloucestershire.

Written with Bunny Guinness, a chartered landscape architect, journalist and radio personality who is a regular panellist on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme, Gardener’s Question Time, the book called HIGHGROVE: A Garden Celebrated is a commemoration of the sustainable garden started by His Royal Highness over 30 years ago.

The Prince said: “I find it hard to believe that by the time this book is published I shall have been at Highgrove for almost thirty-four years ... my enduring hope is that those who visit the garden may find something to inspire, excite, fascinate or soothe them.”

When The  Prince bought Highgrove House in 1980, the surrounds consisted of a brown path which ran around the house, a lawn and a few thorn bushes. Now three decades later, he has transformed the land adjoining the house into several gardens which embody his gardening ideals and organic principles, reflecting long-standing concerns relating to global sustainability.

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Highgrove: Discover its sustainable secrets

With help from some of Britain's finest designers, including The Marchioness of Salisbury, Rosemary Verey, Miriam Rothschild and Sir Roy Strong, The Prince of Wales has created highly individual gardens which have now, with his own horticultural ideas, reached maturity.

As the months pass, the gardens at Highgrove change dramatically. By wandering through each part of this astounding garden through the seasons, The Prince of Wales, along with Bunny Guinness, describe the thinking behind each garden, the mistakes and the triumphs, and his plans for the future.

The garden at Highgrove embodies The Prince's environmental philosophy: that it is better to work with Nature than against it.

When he bought the Highgrove estate in 1980, The Prince was adamant that it should be an entirely organic garden and farm.  His Royal Highness has long championed organic farming and sought to raise world awareness of the dangers facing the natural environment, such as climate change.

The Cottage Garden at Highgrove. Photo taken by Marianne Majerus.

The Cottage Garden at Highgrove. Photo taken by Marianne Majerus.

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Visit the Highgrove Gardens website to find out more about Highgrove.

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