The Duchess of Cambridge appeared at King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington today – as it was confirmed she is co-designing a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show
Smiling Kate Middleton has stepped out on her first public outing of 2019 as she visits a community garden in north London.
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived for the visit as it was announced she has co-designed the RHS Back to Nature Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower show.
Kate, who recently turned 37, is at King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington to see how the ambitious project is helping the area.
She sported a casual country look as she wore a £400 khaki jacket from Irish brand Dubarry along with black Zara skinny jeans and walking boots.
Kate was previously seen wearing the jacket on December 24 as she completed some last-minute Christmas shopping in Norfolk.
Her trademark stilettos were replaced by practical but stylish Chloé suede boots, which typically cost £360.
The Duchess was shown a winter planting workshop, bird box building and even made a wood-fire pizza in the garden’s kitchen area.
She told gathered schoolchildren that “pizza outside sounds like the coolest thing ever” as she participated in a workshop with them.
“George and Charlotte would love to be outside, learning outside of the classroom,” she added.
The garden has been run for over a decade by community volunteers, with support from Islington Council.
Kensington Palace announced the trip yesterday: “On Tuesday 15th January The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the King Henry’s Walk Community Garden Centre in Islington.
“The Duchess will meet volunteers to hear how the project brings people together through gardening and food growing.”
The garden, which is hidden off a busy London street, has been described as a ‘secret oasis’ by local residents.
One person told the Islington Gazette: “We love the solitude there but obviously something this [Kate’s visit] we want to shout from the rooftops.
“We are very proud of the garden, which is run by a really strong community team of volunteers, which is so representative of Islington and Hackney.”
Earlier in the day, the Royal Horticultural Society shared news of Kate’s role in designing a garden at the Chelsea Garden Show.
It wrote on Twitter: “We’re delighted to share that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has co-designed the RHS Back to Nature Garden at this year’s #RHSChelsea with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White.
“The garden will be a Woodland setting for families and communities to connect with nature.”