The Prince of Wales came to Highgrove in 1980 and the house and gardens have since undergone many thoughtful innovations. When His Royal Highness first arrived, Highgrove possessed little more than a neglected kitchen garden, an overgrown copse, some pastureland and a few hollow oaks.
Today, after the hard work of many people, an interlinked series of gardens now unfolds in a succession of personal and inspiring tableaux, each reflecting The Prince’s interests and enthusiasms. Highgrove now welcomes up to 40,000 visitors a year.
Above all, Highgrove is the family home of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
The series of interlinked gardens has been created with imagination and passion over some 40 years and reflects The Prince’s natural artistic ability. Managed organically and sustainably, the gardens have become an important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna.
The gardens have been designed, as The Prince says, to “please the eye and sit in harmony with nature”. From the classic order of the Cottage Garden, to the pastoral beauty of the Wildflower Meadow, there are highlights in every season. A landscape which was once simply lawn has been transformed into a magnificent, ever-changing canvas.
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