Queen opens Buckingham Palace gardens for picnics this summer

queen opens buckingham palace gardens for picnics this summer

(CNN) — Green fingered enthusiasts will be able to freely roam the gardens of London’s historic Buckingham Palace this summer, as Queen Elizabeth II allows self-guided tours of the grounds for the first time in the palace’s history.
The 39-acre gardens of the palace — which is the Queen’s official London residence — will allow paying visitors to tour the garden and picnic on its “sweeping lawns” from July to September.

Access to some areas of the garden have previously been included as part of guided tours to Buckingham Palace, but visitors will now be able to explore a much larger area, the Royal Collection Trust told CNN Thursday.

Members of the public will be able to enjoy rare flora and fauna and meadows “carpeted with primroses and bluebells… flowering camellia, magnolia and azalea shrubs and trees,” said the Royal Collection Trust in a press release.

The current landscape design dates back to the 1820s when, on King George IV’s instruction, Buckingham House first became a palace, said the Royal Collection Trust.

A striking 156-meter Herbaceous Border can be viewed within the gardens.

John Campbell/Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021

History of the site dates back to the the reign of James I, who was thought to have reared silkworms there…

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