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      Authentic, Yet Modern Sensibilities at William and Kate’s Royal Wedding

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      All eyes will no doubt be on Kate Middleton’s dress on Friday as she makes her way down the aisle of London’s Westminster Abby. However, keep your eyes out for signs of William and Kate’s authentic sensibilities. Yes, there will be loads of pomp and tradition along with extravagance dictated by centuries of royal protocol, but also many thoughtful details with an eye toward modern environmental and social consciousness. One example is the couple’s selection of florist Shane Connolly, who is known for using live and locally grown plants and flowers in his arrangements. William and Kate insisted on using only native, seasonal, and organic flowers sourced from Britain and as many live plantings as possible, perhaps at the behest of Prince Charles who is a long-time advocate for the environment and has a passion for gardening.

      One of the signature features of Mr. Connolly’s floral scheme for Westminster Abbey is an avenue of live 20-foot high English field maples that will line the approach to the guest seating area. Each tree is planted in a handmade garden pot crafted at Prince Charles’ Highgrove Estate; the maples will be planted at Highgrove after the wedding.

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      Although it is unlikely that renditions of these garden pots will be made available for purchase to the public, the Highgrove gift shop offers a number of beautiful, locally made, traditional garden tools and housewares. Our favorites are the wooden garden tools including the hand turned ash seed line marker and dibber http://www.highgroveshop.com/home-garden/garden-outdoor/wooden-tools/ made from sustainably harvested Welsh hardwoods. All profits from the sale of items at Highgrove’s shop are donated to The Prince‘s Charities Foundation.

      Best wishes to William and Kate!


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