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Harry plots a surprise for Chelsea Flower Show

Prince Harry will have his own garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

Of all life’s pleasures enthusiastically indulged in by Prince Harry, gardening has never been one of them.

But between sorties aboard his Apache helicopter in Afghanistan, his thoughts may well turn to the unlikely subject of herbaceous borders and potting sheds.

For the Prince, midway through a four-month tour with the Army Air Corps, will have a special reason to make his first-ever visit to the Chelsea Flower Show next year — he will have his own garden there.

This week, the Royal Horticultural Society’s panel of judges is examining applications for the 2013 show.

Prince Harry — whose garden has been commissioned by his Sentebale children’s charity — has applied to exhibit in the showpiece central avenue.

‘Clearly some of his father’s passion for gardening has rubbed off — though I don’t think Harry will be talking to any plants,’ says a friend of the Prince. His garden will almost certainly feature on the Queen’s route when she pays her annual visit on opening day.

Prince Charles’s favourite landscape gardener, Jinny Blom, a Chelsea gold-medal winner, has been appointed to create the princely garden.

Ten years ago, she created a ‘healing garden’ at Chelsea for Charles in memory of his grandmother, the Queen Mother. Leading garden expert Anne Wareham, who will be reviewing the Chelsea show, has nothing but praise for Jinny.

‘She is great,’ says Anne. ‘And what’s more, she is one of the few women who have made it to the very top grade of designers. Her work is excellent. I don’t know about Prince Harry’s interest in gardens, but Jinny is very, very good.’

It is thought that DIY chain B&Q will sponsor the Prince’s garden. Jinny will be hoping that the creation for Harry goes one better than the one for his father, which won silver.

Alice Lycett Green, of Sentebale, says: ‘We’re waiting for feedback on the design from the RHS. Prince Harry is pretty involved in what we do. His father is a keen gardener, so we are hoping he has inherited his green fingers.’

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