Prince Charles At Highgrove: His Love for Gardening and Organic Farming

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, is known for his love of nature, devotion to a countryside life and organic farming. He is a passionate environmentalist who advocates conservation of nature and wildlife. 

When not in London or Scotland,  he spends most of his time at Highgrove, his private estate in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England.  

Prince Charles proudly showing his stunning Highgrove gardens

Highgrove Estate

The estate has a home farm from the duchy of Cornwall, magnificent gardens with blooms in season, and a nine-bedroom Georgian mansion. 

Home farm at Highgrove estate 

The home farm is run with the best possible innovative agricultural system free from pesticides that could harm the environment.

Scenic view of Highgrove estate

It is purely organic and is a model of sustainable farming, self-sufficient and maintained with clean energy.

The entire estate is surrounded with sweeping greenery, beautiful landscape of nature and planted with a variety of wild species, trees and flowers.

Life works of Prince Charles 

Highgrove is Prince Charles's life works. It's his life long project and invested so much time, energy and money to make it a model of sustainable development.

It has a personal touch of the Prince of Wales, very much his personality. It is run according to his environmental principles. The agricultural innovation, organic farming and elaborate gardens he personally supervised. 

Highgrove is a peaceful escape.

Highgrove House 

He acquired the property in 1980 before he dated Lady Diana Spencer and transformed the estate into an organic home farm with extensive gardens and wild meadows. It is an extension of his duchy of Cornwall. 

Highgrove house

There's a three-storey Georgian mansion within the estate with nine bedrooms and six bathrooms. Prince Charles remodeled it in early 80s applying some neo-classical designs especially in the interior.

Prince Charles relaxing at Highgrove House. Pictured in the 1980s

Diana, Princess of Wales spent weekends at Highgrove during happier days. She lived there with their sons prior to the royal separation in December 1992.

The Prince and Princess of Wales 
at Highgrove and their two young sons

The Prince of Wales made sure Highgrove reflects his environmental advocacy. Solar panels are installed and the mansion is heated using wood chip boiler. 

Diana, Princess of Wales during happier days relaxing in Highgrove gardens 

The property also managed its own waste disposal. It has a machinery installed that filtered and recycled waste. And none would go to the public landfills.

Prince Charles is a keen gardener and his beautiful gardens in Highgrove is one of the most elaborate and modern country gardens in the United Kingdom.

Prince Charles tending his own gardens at Highgrove

Prince Charles at Highgrove gardens
Formal gardens at Highgrove

Garden Tours at Highgrove

The gardens opened its door to the public in 1994. Guided tour packages are available from April to October. However, due to the pandemic, Highgrove is close to the public for the rest of 2020, it will resume in Spring 2021 according to its website Highgrove Gardens

Income of the garden tours go to the Prince of Wales charitable funds.

Wildflower meadows
Prince Charles with the young Prince Harry in Highgrove

Prince Charles worked on the garden designs with his architects. It has three different sections, wild garden which has meadows and wild flowers, formal garden and walled kitchen garden.

Colorful flora and fauna, wild flowers, beautiful blooms in season and a wide stretch of greenery are planted on either side, creating a peaceful scenery of nature.

Sweeping view of the greenery

Highgrove Gardens Tour

Highgrove Gardens website offers a preview how breathtaking the property is. An ideal destination for nature lovers, garden lovers and those who are seeking serenity and calmness in travel.

It is one of the most magnificent, most modern English countryside gardens in the United Kingdom and probably, all Europe. 

Sweeping view of nature will greet visitors upon entering the estate. Different species of blooms, wilderness and greenery are planted in the property and most of the species are personally grown and tended by the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles at Highgrove gardens

The Stumpery

One of the most tranquil corners in the Highgrove outdoor scenery is the Stumpery. It is situated in the middle of the wild gardens and the meadows. The tree house in the center was originally built for the young Prince William and Prince Harry in 1989.

It was at the tree house where the royal brothers, William and Harry, spent many happier weekends of their young lives playing around and sometimes joined by their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Stumpery with a tree house in the center

It is called Stumpery because the area has several layers of old tree stumps and logs. Prince Charles redesigned the gardens today and installed a Shepherd's Hut for his grandson, Prince George of Cambridge. 

The tree house in the Stumpery is also called Holyrood House after the Queen's palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Stumpery is a  rich habitat of wildlife with growing ferns in stumps. It has beautiful structures carved in woods, including two classical sculptures.

Wildflower Meadows

One of the most scenic views at Highgrove where the natural backdrop of nature thrives. Wildflower meadow is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna with blooms and colors change every season.

Experiencing a  wilderness at home is what this picturesque corner of Highgrove wants to convey to visitors. It is just across the kitchen walled garden of Highgrove mansion.

Wildflower meadow just across Highgrove house

The meadow was originally planted and cultivated in 1982 aimed as a traditional meadow. According to the Highgrove Gardens website, there are over 72 species planted in the Wildflower Meadow of Prince Charles, making it a very species-rich meadow and one of the most stunning wilderness concept in urban gardening.

Cottage Gardens

"A glorious scheme inspired by the colors of Tibet". The Cottage Garden at Highgrove is inspired by the vibrant colors of Tibetian gardening skills.

Breathtaking view of Highgrove gardens

The garden has yellow, pink and blue flower themes. It is a mix of old and new cottage garden styles. A variety of trees, shrubs, flowers are planted in the area, making it a relaxing place to take a leisure walk.

Sundial Garden

Originally a rose garden designed by Lady Salisbury, it earned its name due to a stone sundial installed at the center of the garden.

Beds of flowers and hedging planted with blue, pink and purple delphiniums, this beautiful garden epitomizes the classic country estate garden perfection

Sundial garden marks the entrance at Highgrove

Sundial garden is right in front of the Highgrove mansion and overlooks the entrance area of a Highgrove Gardens tour. The jaw-dropping magnolia walk, Scotch thistle and blooms in vibrant colors stun guests every spring and summer.

Walled Garden

There's a scenic walled garden at Highgrove leading to its kitchen and outdoor rooms. Poplar trees and Scottish thistle and other greenery species are planted in the area which give its picturesque look and relaxing scenery of nature.

A mosaic designed marble fountain stood imposing in the middle of the formal gardens at Highgrove.

Mosaic fountain at Highgrove 

His Royal Highness designed the flowerbeds that connect to the pathway on either sides leading to the house. The view looks refreshing and exudes tranquility, similar to the scenes in fairytale books. Awesome scenery of nature!

Thyme Walk

Apart from elegant blooms in season and wildflower meadows, Highgrove is also renowned for its spectacular Thyme walk, a unique in urban gardening.

Thyme walk at Highgrove

Clipped golden yew lines the Thyme Walk, a stunning garden avenue planted with more than 20 varieties of Thyme, interspersed with primrose and marjoram species.

This corner of the gardens draws visitors' eyes to the terrace garden of the Highgrove mansion. Lily pool garden is located at the bottom of Thyme walk.

Other Areas

Apart from the opulent gardens, there are other interesting sections within the Highgrove estate that guests can explore and enjoy during visit.

The Orchard Tea Room - a dining area where guests can enjoy a variety of fresh meals prepared from the home farm of the estate, delightful culinary desserts, champagne and refreshment.

The Estate Shop - a variety of artisan products, home and garden ware, artworks and other unique items inspired by the gardening principles of Prince of Wales are on display and can be bought by visitors.

Book about organic gardening 

Highgrove Gardens tour will resume in 2021 Spring, to plan and book your visit, visit the property's website: HIGHGROVE GARDENS

Lily pool garden

A passionate environmentalist 

Not so long ago, the Prince of Wales had been mocked for talking to his plants in Highgrove but now scientists really proved that talking to plants is beneficial to its healthy and vibrant growth.

King of all "plantitos"

Prince Charles has devoted most of his adult life promoting environmental ideas, conservation of nature, modern gardening and organic farming.

His Highgrove estate is the perfect embodiment of a clean and thriving natural beauty of nature and sustainable living. He personally tended his own gardens.

His Royal Highness is ahead of his time when it comes to environmental science. In 1990s, when most people never think too much about climate change, Prince Charles already expressed his worries about the impact of the global warming to humanity and the environment.

Now, the world is picking up and recognized this greatest challenge in human existence. Prince Charles eventually is recognized as one of the world's high profile conservationist.

Happy Birthday Prince Charles

Prince Charles celebrates his 72nd birthday today. He is the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history and the oldest king-in-waiting.

In the 1980s to the 1990s he was put in a bad light due to his extramarital affair with now wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, and had been the source of sorrow of Diana, Princess of Wales. Now, the future king is largely seen as an affectionate man dedicated for his role as heir-apparent. 

Highgrove estate is his life works, defining who he is in private. It reflects his love for the environment and nature and desire to prefer a country living than the urban living. 

Prince Charles enjoying a scenic walk at Highgrove gardens

Many have speculated that Prince Charles might move the working office of the monarchy to Windsor castle from Buckingham Palace when he becomes king due to his devotion of the countryside life. 

A speculation that is not confirmed by the palace.

Prince Charles and his father, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

He has been heir-apparent since 1952. At the time of his birth in 1948, he was second in line to the British throne behind his mother.

In 1952 when the Queen ascended the throne, he became Duke of Cornwall. In 1967, he was invested Prince of Wales.

As a young boy with Princess Anne, the Queen and Prince Philip 

Happy birthday Prince Charles! Thanks for the love of the environment and for inspiring us to embrace nature and support organic farming! 👑 🎂 

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