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Chelsea Flower Show to feature statues of Camilla’s adopted dog

This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will feature an enchanting display from Highgrove Gardens.

For the first time, visitors will see willow sculptures of the Queen’s dogs, Beth and Bluebell. Renowned weaver Emma Stothard crafted these in honour of the terriers that Camilla adopted from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Stothard’s work, known for capturing the essence of royal companionship, adorns the organic gardens at Highgrove. One poignant piece commemorates Charles’ late dog Tigga, reflecting their eighteen years together.

The Highgrove stand offers more than just sculptures. Visitors can enjoy honey from local bees and organic apple juice made from heritage apples picked at Highgrove. The stand will also feature botanical-inspired gin and organic strawberry preserves. Royal florist Shane Connolly, who decorated for the King’s coronation and Charles and Camilla’s wedding, will beautify the shop. He will use flowers grown at Highgrove, and later, these blooms will return to Gloucestershire for planting.

The display will be created by weaver Emma Stothard in honour of the terriers Camilla adopted from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. (Image: PA)

The show will also display limited-edition lithographs of landscapes painted by the King, including scenes like Ackergil Tower and the Castle of Mey. Highgrove is showcasing more than just its gardening prowess; it is also highlighting The King’s Foundation. This charity promotes heritage and craft skills at its Barley Court education centre. Visitors on May 20 can see live demonstrations of woodworking, embroidery, and willow weaving.

The installation at Chelsea will act as a showcase for the charity’s work preserving traditional craft skills. (Image: PA)

Scott Simpson, retail director at The King’s Foundation, shared his enthusiasm: “We’re excited to bring a bit of Highgrove magic to the Chelsea Flower Show this year. The event is a wonderful opportunity to show how nature inspires our work and products.”

This year at Chelsea, prepare to be delighted by Highgrove’s blend of royal elegance and artisanal crafts. It promises to be a standout feature, bringing a touch of the countryside to the heart of London.

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