The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace has been recently redesigned to coincide with the unveiling of the statue of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The statue, which will be revealed on July 1 by Prince William and Prince Harry on the occasion of what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday, will be permanently located in the Sunken Garden, which was one of her favorite spots. .
Garden designer Pip Morrison was in charge of the landscaping and planting plan, and it was implemented by the Gardens and Estates team at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), led by Deputy Director Graham Dillamore .
According to a Kensington Palace spokesperson, the new design “retains the historic structures” but features a streamlined layout with deeper flower borders and a more generous lawn around the pool.
This creates “a quieter, more reflective setting for the statue,” which is meant to be viewed from the Cradle Walk.
The garden now features a number of Diana’s favorite flowers, including forget-me-nots, as well as many other spring and summer flowers in a range of pastel colors.
The Gardens and Estates team began work on the new design in October 2019. Since then, five gardeners have spent a total of 1,000 hours planting over 4,000 individual flowers.
The flowers include more than 200 roses of five varieties, 100 forget-me-nots, 300 tulips of three varieties, more than 500 lavender plants and 100 dahlias, 50 sweet peas and more than 400m of fine, short grass laid on the lawn.
Morrison said: “This was a very special project to work on as the Sunken Garden was the favorite place of Diana, Princess of Wales.
“We have worked carefully to ensure that the new layout and new planting plan complements the statue, providing a calming place for people visiting Kensington Palace to remember the Princess.”
Dillamore added: “While in residence at Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales regularly admired the changing flower displays in the Sunken Garden and always stopped to speak with me and the other gardeners who cared for her.
“More than three decades later, I am honored to have been part of the team preparing the garden for the installation of this statue.
“We have incorporated a number of the princess’s favorite flowers into the design, and I hope visitors to the palace and gardens enjoy its peaceful setting and take a moment to reflect on the princess’s life and legacy. . “
The Sunken Garden was established in 1908 by order of King Edward VII. The area where the garden now stands was previously occupied by potting sheds and greenhouses.
It was temporarily renamed “The White Garden” in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. During this time, it was planted with flowers in soft white pastel colors based on items from Diana’s wardrobe which were then on display at the palace.
The redesigned garden and the new statue of Diana will be accessible to the public free of charge during the opening hours of the palace, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.