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Alan Titchmarsh is granted an interview with Prince Charles at his home, the Highgrove estate. It has a beautiful garden that is Prince Charles’s passion project. Alan is given unprecedented access to the 37 acres of gardens. Prince Charles planned everything and chose all the plants.
It is his country home and his private residence. The house was purchased in 1980 and was envisioned as a home to raise a family. The grounds are very flat and he saw it as a blank canvas. He started with large hedges to keep the press out. His garden follows organic guidelines and has a team of 12 gardeners helping him. He allows limited tours of certain gardens and the revenue is used for his charities.
Prince Charles said that gardening is therapeutic for him, good exercise, and teaches him patience. He also mentioned that it helps keep him sane. The media and public scrutiny must get exhausting at times, and this is a perfect hideaway from the world.
This documentary beautifully showcases the beautiful flowers in bloom, the birds chirping, a tree house, and bird feeders hanging from the trees. It’s incredibly peaceful and I can see why it is a great, private getaway. It was surprising to me that Prince Charles was so passionate about his gardening. And I thought it was great that he was so green and aware of organic principles, long before it was popular. I have just recently gotten interested in gardening and this doc was very inspiring. I would love to have a garden of my own someday when I buy a house. But for now the balcony on my apartment will have to hold me over.