By Megan Slack
If you've been inspired by royal gardens – in Britain or around the world – you might just like this...
Graham Dillamore is Gardens Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the publicly accessible staterooms and gardens. Maintaining the palaces' spectacular gardens is all in a day’s work for the royal gardener, who is responsible for organizing the grounds of the most eminent properties in the UK.
He currently manages Kensington Palace gardens (above), which is the home to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Hampton Court, the baroque-style Tudor Palace (below), owned by Queen Elizabeth II and famed for its association with Henry VIII.
Throughout his years of service, Mr Dillamore has acquired a host of noble tips and secrets which allow him to keep the palace gardens as magnificent as one might expect, all year round.
We are all becoming increasingly more concerned with living sustainably and preserving the verdant beauty of our gardens for our future selves and upcoming generations, and, as Mr Dillamore explains, the royal gardens are certainly no exception to this.
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‘As guardians of landscapes which have witnessed centuries of garden trends come and go, I think it’s important that royal gardens such as those we care for at Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace are still in dialogue with their past, have a clear strategy for their future, and avoid the temptation to make significant and regular alterations in order to follow fashions or changing styles,’ Mr Dillamore shared.
He added: ‘It’s thanks to this gentle intervention that we can still enjoy specimens planted over 300 years ago in our gardens, and this is something that all gardeners – however small their plot – could consider when redesigning or replanting.’
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Then, in his discussion of the sustainability strategy in the most opulent gardens in Great Britain, Mr Dillamore continues: ‘We advocate for, and where possible only purchase plants from growers and suppliers of native plants for use across our sites, and thinking about the origin of the plants we’re buying is an increasing consideration for many of us. We recycle 100% of our green waste, so if you have the space, composting not only saves money but reduces the environmental impact, and all it requires is a bit of patience!’
The Historic Royal Palaces cares for six of the most wonderful palaces and their magnificent gardens in the UK. We look forward to admiring their grandeur once again, just as soon as restrictions allow.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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