With 2017 marking 20 years since her death, the garden is designed to celebrate the life of the Princess of Wales with a display of some of her favourite flowers at the palace where she once resided. Kensington Palace is now home to her children, Prince Harry and Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge their children.
The “White Garden” is located in the historic Sunken Garden and is designed to celebrate “Diana’s elegance, vivacity and style with a sea of white flowers, including some of the Princess’s personal favourites”, according to Historic Royal Palaces. The flowers will bloom for spring between April and mid-May, and new summer plants will be installed in time for June, July and August.
The garden was chosen because employees of the palaces remember the Princess enjoyed the gardens and the ever-changing floral displays. White was chosen to follow the tradition of the White Garden at Sissinghurst and to create a “peaceful, contemplative space, where visitors can reflect on the Princess’s life and legacy”.
Among the plants in the garden are white tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and white Forget-me-Nots – a favourite of the Princess. In the summer, the garden will feature roses, lilies, gladioli, Cosmos, Gaura and fragrant Nemesia.
The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace was created in 1909, and is popular with visitors for its floral displays. The temporary White Garden is free to the public and coincides with an exhibition, entitled Diana: Her Fashion Story, which runs at Kensington Palace until 2019.
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