The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace has been transformed into the White Garden, a memorial garden to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Princess Diana. Over spring and summer 2017, the White Garden will be filled with Princess Diana’s favourite flowers with a design inspired by her life, style and image.
The spring planting includes tulips, scented narsii and forget-me-nots. The White Garden complements the exhibition currently running at Kensington Palace, “Diana: Her Fashion Story”, and the garden team found inspiration in the white and cream dresses shown in that exhibition.
In the summer, pots of white roses will surround the reflective pool and the planting at the White Garden will become more “exuberant”, featuring ornamental grasses, cosmos daisies and gauras.
The White Garden is a beautiful tribute to Princess Diana, who lived at Kensington Palace for 15 years and would often stop by the Sunken Garden to admire the changing floral displays and speak with the gardeners. I look forward to visiting over the coming months to see the changes – and I hope to also visit the fashion exhibition very soon. For more on exploring Kensington Gardens, have a look at my post from earlier in the month, Day Out Exploring Kensington Gardens and our review of the Diana Memorial Playground.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
Opening Hours: Daily 1000 – 1800 until 31 October 2017. The White Garden will be open until September 2017 and visitors can view the temporary garden for free from a public walkway.
Closest Tube Stations: Queensway [Central line], High Street Kensington [Circle and District Lines]