Kate Middleton unveils second garden at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

New elements include a pond, bug hotel and a bee-friendly wildflower meadow.

Duchess of Cambridge reacts as she visits her 'Back to Nature Garden' installed at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
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Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has unveiled her second RHS Back to Nature Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (previously the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show).

Having made her debut at the Chelsea Flower Show in May with the Back to Nature Garden, Kate has once again teamed up with landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White for a second creation at Hampton – this time including new playful features to stimulate engagement with nature and free play such as a pond, rolling hill, bug hotel, hidden burrow and a bee-friendly wildflower meadow.

Once again, the garden is open for visitors to walk through and really embrace the woodland-themed setting,

What does the garden look like?

'The RHS Back to Nature Garden finds a new home at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, as it continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors. The design is inspired by the original RHS Chelsea garden with many of the key features such as the waterfall, dens and hollow log returning, alongside new elements including a wildflower meadow, rolling hill and summer planting,' an RHS spokesperson exclusively tells House Beautiful UK.

Take a bird's-eye view tour and see the garden in more detail below:

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As with the original garden, this garden encourages families and communities to engage with nature and spend time embracing the great outdoors, and highlights how time spent in natural environments can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime.

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The Back to Nature Garden is key to the RHS’ partnership with NHS England, promoting the physical and emotional wellbeing that access to green spaces and gardening provides.

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If you can't make Hampton, fear not, as the Back to Nature Garden will be relocating to RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in September. 'The final garden will end up at Wisley and will be permanent,' the RHS confirms.

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The original woodland-themed Back to Nature Garden at Chelsea– which, like the Hampton garden, did not get judged – included a beautifully crafted hollow log for children to climb through, a den, waterfall, stream and a treehouse. The garden was inspired by childhood memories that are triggered by the natural world, as well as special moments created and treasured by families now and in the future.

The Chelsea garden has since been relocated to the Devon Partnership NHS Trust Dewnans Centre in Dawlish to create a beautiful green space for patients and hospital staff to enjoy.

Revisit the Chelsea garden below:

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