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The Prince of Wales' Highgrove Garden: Review
Highgrove Garden book - a beautiful gift for a gardener or enthusiast
I just received an email from my step-mother in the UK. We sent her this book via Amazon the other day and she's absolutely thrilled. As soon as we saw it, we knew that she - and my dad - would love it and we couldn't wait for a birthday or the holidays, so we sent this as an 'anytime gift'.
My dad and step-mother love to be out in their own garden. Whilst it isn't as grand as Highgrove, they spend a great deal of time working on it and so we knew they'd enjoy this book.We first found out about it from a TV documentary - you can see it all in the video below.
The book gives fabulous inspiration but it's for people who love gardens too; not necessarily those with a green thumb. Our own 'smallholding' is a series of a few pots containing herbs but we were nevertheless captivated by the wonderful area Prince Charles has created at his family home.
Fifteen royal acres
A fascinating aspect is that Prince Charles, who started this project thirty years ago, has divided the area into several different and exciting gardens - some are eminently practical and others are deliciously ornamental. There is a complete kitchen garden that provides vegetables, fruit and herbs for the household. There's also a completely natural meadow, created from scratch.
The Prince of Wales' views on organic gardening, sustainability and the environment are well known and well documented. Thirty years ago, when he began this project entirely based on his principles he was seen, frankly, as being something of a nutcase. Organic? Sustainable? Composting? Recycling water waste? Is the Royal Family showing a distinct streak of insanity?
Time has proved the prince to be correct
And that is so evident in this amazing book.
For the gardener, the book features extensive lists of the plants used - you too can emulate this wonderful place.
For the enthusiast, it's a great read and the photographs are simply beautiful.
Read more about the prince's ideas and philosophies.
I admit that there was a time when I thought Prince Charles was a little extreme in his views but time has put me right.
After all, he is one of the best-traveled people in the world, he received the best education and graduated from Cambridge having read history, anthropology and archaeology.
The man knows whereof he speaks. This is an excellent companion piece to the above book.
If you'd like to take a tour of the magnificence of the grounds at Highgrove House, you're in for a treat. This is a full-length documentary.
If you're lucky enough to be in the UK, or visiting, then you too can tour Highgrove and its magnificent garden and grounds.
There are two tours which I'm sure will delight you.
The first is the champagne tour where in addition to seeing the gardens, you'll be served organic tea and even a glass of champagne to make your visit even more special. You can also arrange group tours. The gardens have their own catering facility for refreshments, lunches and afternoon teas.
If you don't have a large group, but are looking for individual tours, there are regular guided tours of twenty six people which you may join.
Do be sure that you call ahead to book - entry is only available with a pre-booked ticket. Tours do not necessarily take place in the winter months when the weather can be harsh.
Call 0207 766 7310 for full information.
There are even regular events with guests. These might include demonstrations, wine tastings and luxurious dinners.
In the local village, you'll find the Highgrove shop which is located in an old brewery with many of its original features preserved and a variety of wonderful goods that will make the perfect souvenir of your day.
Do note that all profits from the Highgrove businesses - the shop, the tours, the farm - are donated to the Prince of Wales' Charitable Trust. This organisation supports a wide variety of charities.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson