Kate Middleton admits that sometimes gardening can be a competitive sport — at least among siblings.
Last week, the royal mom helped plant a garden at The Nook, one of the East Anglia's Children’s Hospices facilities in Norfolk. During her visit, she revealed that her kids — Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 — are also taking part in the outdoor activity.
"The children are really enjoying growing their sunflowers," she said. "Louis' is winning, so George is a little grumpy about that!"
This isn't the first time that Kate has talked about Prince Louis's emerging green thumb. In September, she told families visiting her "Back to Nature" designed garden in Wisley that Louis "loves being outside" and "loves smelling flowers."
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”
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At The Nook, Kate worked for about an hour with volunteers to plant the garden using sensory plants such as lavender, bay and rosemary. The calming scene also has strawberry plants, herbs, geraniums, and hydrangeas in a lilac color scheme. She didn't hesitate to get her hands dirty, forgoing gloves to spread around the compost — without even removing her iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Kate, 38, also potted a sunflower for the Delf family, whose son Fraser, 9, had been cared for by East Anglia Children’s Hospices before his death earlier this year. Adding a personal touch, she arrived at the center with her own terra cotta pot and also brought along many of the other plants she sourced during a June 18 trip to Fakenham Garden Centre, her first public outing since lockdown.
🌻 This #ChildrensHospiceWeek The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of @eachhospices since 2012, joined families to plant a garden for The Nook, one of EACH’s purpose-built hospices. Using plants bought during her visit to Fakenham Garden Centre last week, The Duchess worked alongside an EACH volunteer gardener and a family to plant a garden that will provide enjoyment for children and families. Throughout the pandemic EACH has continued to deliver end of life and emergency crisis care as well as bereavement support. Marking the end of Children’s Hospice Week, The Duchess also met with staff from EACH’s care and facilities teams to thank them for the incredible work that they do. Organised by the UK charity Together for Short Lives, Children’s Hospice Week 2020 celebrates and raise vital funds for the UK’s 54 children’s hospices — visit @togetherforshortlives to find out more.
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In a message, the Duchess of Cambridge thanked “the amazing staff for all the work that you do in children’s hospices around the U.K.”
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She added, “The care and the nurture that you provide children and families in the most unimaginable circumstances is just awe-inspiring. I’d also like to pay tribute to all those families out there who are caring for and looking after a child with a life-limiting illness. You do the most extraordinary job and I know it’s particularly hard at the moment so my thoughts go out to you all.”