Prince Charles's Highgrove garden is now an online Google Arts and Culture exhibition

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Prince Charles is opening the grounds of his home to more people than ever before. The gardens at the private home of the Prince of Wales, Highgrove House, are typically open for group tours on select dates between April and October of each year. But now, in honour of National Gardening Week, Google Arts and Culture has launched an extensive virtual tour of the property where Charles has lived since 1980 (and where Prince William and Prince Harry spent much of their childhood).

Prince Charles's Highgrove garden is now an online Google Arts and Culture exhibition

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The virtual exhibit details the history of the home in Gloucestershire, England, which was built between 1796 and 1798, as well as the renovations Charles has made to the house and gardens. "The transformation of Highgrove Garden has been a passionate project for the Prince of Wales," says the exhibit. Sustainability is also a focus of the prince's garden, which uses a rainwater irrigation system and solar panels.

There are a variety of different gardens on the property, including the Stumpery, a lush, green area with a tree house once enjoyed by William and Harry (and "now enjoyed by the Prince of Wales's grandchildren," Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, notes the exhibit). There's also the classic Cottage Garden; the Sundial Garden, with its purple alliums and blue delphiniums; the Thyme Walk, which boasts whimsical hedges reminiscent of something out of Alice in Wonderland; the Lily Pool Garden; a Wildflower Meadow; and more.

Prince Charles's Highgrove garden is now an online Google Arts and Culture exhibition

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In July 2018, the BBC show Gardeners' World interviewed Prince Charles at Highgrove. When asked how he became interested in gardening, Charles said, "I suspect it was probably partly to do with my grandmother's wonderful garden . . . it was where I spent much of my childhood. I remember being absolutely riveted as a child and wandering about the little paths and things and looking at all the plants. It was a wonderful woodland garden with masses of azaleas and rhododendrons. The smell and everything had a profound effect on me, I think."

Inside Highgrove, Prince Charles' Cotswolds house (and its very unusual feature)