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The royal garden of Buckingham Palace—a hidden oasis in the center of London—has been shaped by the tastes and skills of numerous monarchs and gardeners over the centuries. Today the garden plays a key part in the busy calendar of royal events, including the much-loved tradition of The Queen’s Garden Party. This working garden grows and develops through the changing seasons, accommodating a diverse array of flora and fauna, from the National Collection of Mulberries to the royal beehives.
This lovely volume serves as an exciting new guide to the garden, furnished with specially commissioned photography. Follow along through the seasons as the Palace’s Head Gardener, Mark Lane, offers insights and tips from his many years of experience tending the magnificent garden and grounds. Buckingham Palace: A Royal Garden provides unique insight into the activities of the Palace's gardening team, such as mulberry harvesting and creating winter bouquets for the Palace. Practical advice is accompanied by atmospheric photography, royal anecdotes, and an engaging and authoritative narrative from leading gardening author, Claire Masset.
About the Author
Claire Masset is Publisher for the National Trust and was formerly Gardens Editor of English Garden Magazine. She is the author of Cottage Gardens, Roses and Rose Gardens, and Secret Gardens.
John Campbell is an award-winning photographer of gardens and natural landscapes.
Mark Lane is Head Gardener at Buckingham Palace.
“Masset and Lane offer a stunningly beautiful look at the 'green lung' of the London palace. . . . Vivid photographs embellish the text, and a timeline of the garden’s history offers intriguing tidbits. Anglophiles and armchair gardeners alike are in for a treat.”
— Publishers Weekly