Duchess of Cornwall tours Monty Don’s garden as she discusses the importance of nature for wellbeing

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The Duchess of Cornwall joined Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don for a tour around his garden, as the pair discussed the importance of nature for wellbeing.

The Duchess was shown around Monty Don’s own garden, Longmeadow, for an episode of the famous BBC gardening show. During the visit, Camilla reflected on the impact of gardening and nature throughout the pandemic.

“I think gardens got people through COVID,” the Duchess told Monty Don. “You can go into a garden and completely lose yourself. You don’t have to think about anything else.”

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Camilla explained how she felt the natural surroundings of being outdoors can help boost overall wellbeing.

“You are surrounded by nature. You know, you’ve got birds singing, you’ve got bees buzzing about. There is something very healing about gardens,” she said.

The Duchess added that, over the past 18 months, many people, “realised how special a garden was and what they could do with it. They could become inventive. Even if they hadn’t before, they could start growing vegetables.”

Presenter Monty Don explained that, “the Duchess has a keen interest in growing good vegetables,” herself, as he took her for a tour of his own vegetable growing patch.

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During the visit to this section of the garden, the pair were greeted by Monty Don’s adorable golden retriever, Neil, who “stole the show”, admitted the presenter.

Clips of the Gardeners’ World episode were shared by Clarence House on Instagram, the official account for the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales’.

The full Gardeners’ World episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


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