Have you ever wonder what the Queen’s private garden at Sandringham estate looks like? Wonder no more.
The Sandringham Estate has been the private home of four generations of British Monarchs since 1862.
Set over 25 hectares (60 acres) and enjoyed by the Royal Family and their guests when in residence, the more formal Gardens are open from April – October.
However, the April reopening of Sandringham House, Museum & Gardens will be delayed until further notice due to the lockdown. But thankfully, the Sandringham Instagram page have allowed us a sneak peak at the glorious garden.
Created by Geoffrey Jelicoe in 1947 for King George VI the formal enclosed areas of garden are informally planted in a cottage garden style and are usually at their best in late July where they act as a haven for bees and butterflies.
The grounds have been developed in turn by each monarch since 1863 when King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra purchased the Estate.
Natural Springs feed the lakes and an ornamental stream planted with moisture loving plants meandering through meadow areas. This part of the garden is managed in a more naturalistic style to encourage a wide range of wildlife.
Throughout the garden areas of informal lawn are dotted with trees of all ages including an oak tree planted by Queen Victoria and a Giant Red Wood tree planted by Princess Christian Of Denmark. The Oldest tree in the Garden is a Veteran Oak standing beside the upper lake, this is said to be over 8oo years old.
The spectacular and ornate North Garden, has been informally planted in a cottage garden style, making it a haven for bees & butterflies.
These colourful plants are surrounded by pristine hedgerows – perfect for spending time in during the spring and summer.
The monarch is currently isolating at her second home, Windsor Castle, with the Duke of Edinburgh during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sandringham Estate, sandringhamestate.co.uk