The Queen's Garden
With permission from Queen Elizabeth, this program covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.
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With permission from Her Majesty the Queen, this documentary reveals a year in Buckingham Palace Gardens, exploring the history and biodiversity of this remarkable, hidden royal treasure in the center of London. This film uncovers a wonderland with a five-century history, an urban oasis of wildlife where the Queen has lived with her family, and a "living museum" where almost every plant (and many of the animals!) have a royal story to tell.
Using cutting-edge filmmaking methods, this film explores and captures the garden from every angle to offer viewers a rare, rich, and intimate insight into a 39-acre oasis in the center of London (equivalent to 30 American football fields). The techniques used include aerial photography, time-lapse, thermal imaging, and remotely-operated, motion-sensitive cameras, each positioned around the garden to capture animal activity when no one is around.
We witness the striking transformation as each season brings different sights, sounds, smells, and visitors to the garden. Surprises, delights, and unusual discoveries abound as wildlife and plant life are filmed in all their forms, both commonplace and rare, both by day and by night. We discover how the garden is used inside the Palace: from the mulberries that are used by the royal kitchens to cook dishes for the Queen, to the foliage collected from the garden to decorate the Palace at Christmas.
The expertise, organization, and craft required to meet the challenge of maintaining a garden fit for a Queen is shown as senior garden staff share their approach and unique trade secrets, such as the use of the invaluable "arisings" (Buckingham Palace argot for fertilizer from the Royal stables).
Over the year spent at the garden, "The Queen’s Garden" yields stories and spectacles rarely heard or seen beyond its secure walls. Royal historian, Dr. Lucy Worsley, describes the garden’s origins as part of a much bigger hunting ground for Henry VIII, and she discusses its evolution to its present day dimensions, serving as a playground for the Queen and Princess Margaret during their childhood. The Royal Family’s attachment to the garden is brought to life with rare archival footage.
"The Queen’s Garden" offers viewers privileged access and a unique perspective into a special place.
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