‘Passionate gardener’ Camilla shares mother’s influence in nurturing her green fingers

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CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, loves a flower or two and has previously described herself as a “passionate gardener”.

Yet, this was not always the case, as the Duchess admitted in an interview she posted to her instagram account The Reading Room recently. Camilla revealed she had to turn to her late mother, Rosalind Shand, to help her overcome her fear of gardening and spark her passion. The Duchess had felt overwhelmed by the task of maintaining the gardens at Bolehyde Manor in Wiltshire – the home she shared with her first husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

The Duchess recalled: “I remember the first house I had, looking at this garden and actually then saying to my mother, ‘Help!’ You know, where do I go from there?

“She taught me how to prune, she taught me how to plant, she taught me how to weed.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: Getty)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: Getty)

“I mean, you go around thinking weeding is easy, just pull out the weed, but there’s a great art to it.”

Rosalind had perfected her horticulture skills through tending the gardens at Camilla’s childhood home, The Laines.

Once she acquired the basics, Camilla never looked back as she began to trust her own creative instincts in setting out her garden.Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: Getty)

The Duchess makes every effort to inspect her gardens at both Clarence House and Highgrove as often as she can, sharing the thrill she gets from watching her plants grow.

“It’s just the excitement of watching,” she explained.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: Getty)

“Every day I go, well, when I can, of seeing how something’s grown, how it’s evolved.

“You never cease to be excited by what’s there.”

“I think it’s the most therapeutic thing next to reading you could do.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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