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The Queen's Garden

Buckingham Palace with daffodils and lake in foreground.
Courtesy of Will Benson ©Oxfordscientificfilms
Buckingham Palace with daffodils and lake in foreground.

Encore Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV / On demand now with KPBS Passport!

"The Queen’s Garden" recounts a year in the Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and natural history of this remarkable 39-acre oasis hidden in the heart of London. With permission from Her Majesty the Queen, the filmmakers explore this urban oasis with a five-century history — a “living museum” where almost every plant (and some of the animals) have royal stories to tell.

The Rose Garden

Viewers see the garden’s transformation across four seasons, with a chance to marvel at rare flowers bred specially for the queen; extraordinary wildlife captured with hidden cameras; a vast lake with an island in the middle where royal bees make honey that has been gifted to the pope; and a 15-foot marble urn that once belonged to Napoleon.

The Queen's Bees

The wildest corners of Queen Elizabeth's garden function as an important wildlife haven in London, as well as serve as a backdrop for the annual 8,000-attendee Royal Garden Party.

Garden Parties
The Herbaceous Border at Buckingham Palace.
Courtesy of Will Cooper-Mitchell ©Oxfordscientificfilms
The Herbaceous Border at Buckingham Palace.

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Credits: Writer/ Director is Martin Williams. Executive producers: Alice Keens-Soper and Jeremy Bradshaw. An Oxford Scientific Films production in association with PBS for ITV.