April 15, 2010

Prince Charles Commissions Music Inspired by his Organic Gardens

Prince Charles, a long-term organic gardener (well, he probably has a lot of hired gardeners) and advocate of the local food movement has commissioned music inspired by his award winning gardens at Highgrove. UPI explains:

Patrick Hawes, one of Britain's leading composers, has completed the four-movement Highgrove Suite, inspired by the gardens at Prince Charles's country home...

Claire Jones, the royal harpist, and the Philharmonia Orchestra will premier the suite this summer at a Highgrove concert to benefit The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.

The Christian Science Monitor further explains the Prince's commitment to organic gardening:
Long before organic went mainstream, Prince Charles was an avid proponent. He recommended improving soils with compost instead of pouring on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. He also advocated recycling kitchen and garden waste for compost and collecting rainwater to provide moisture for plants. Charles endured years of jokes about his views, which were considered a bit odd - but he didn't back down. And he put his money and personal influence behind them - most notably at his Highgrove estate...

Americans tend to think of organic gardening mostly in terms of vegetable gardens. But Prince Charles shows that following environmentally sound principles in the landscape works just as well with ornamentals, since his estates have the type of landscapes that are typical around European palaces and grand houses: intricately trimmed topiary, towering hedges, and many types of informal gardens - from wildflower meadows, orchards, and lily pools to "productive gardens" of vegetables and herbs.

I imagine the original royal gardens were grown organically before the invention of petrochemicals, and I am sure they were nothing less than spectacular.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at April 15, 2010 1:30 AM

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