Diana, Princess of Wales’s memorial garden, called The White Garden, has been planted with flowers inspired by memories of Diana’s life, style and image and is now open to the public at Kensington Palace. Diana, Princess of Wales lived at Kensington Palace until her death in 1997.
Gardeners spoke with friends and family of Diana to choose what to fill the garden and it includes forget-me-nots which her brother Earl Spencer remembered giving her as a child. The display took a year to prepare and will be at its best until September.
The current head gardener, Sean Harkin, said a lot of research had gone into the design. “Diana would have a bit of a chat with the gardeners. She would have an eye for detail. One gardener would wear quite colourful socks and she would comment on whether the socks matched the garden.
“I wanted to create something that was very simple and elegant and I used the dresses in the exhibition for inspiration – the white has a theme of radiance and glowing. Though it’s a white garden there are colours too – deep pinks and purple.
“In addition to using the dresses as inspiration we did some research into Princess Diana’s favourite flowers. The theme is that feeling of joyful celebration so we have included accents colours.
“Kensington Palace was the home of Princess Diana for 15 years she would stop and she would admire the changing floral displays in the garden.
“There was another gardener who told me a story about when he was walking along with a wheelbarrow with a fellow gardener. It’s really embarrassing, but he tripped.
“Everything kind of spilled everywhere. And Princess Diana was going by and turned around and said ‘Bad luck, chaps’, and kind of gave a smile.
“And they kind of smiled and found it really quite funny, but also it’s quite embarrassing when that happens.”
The White Garden is free to the public and commemorates the 20 years since Diana died in a car crash in Paris.