(above) Picture courtesy English Heritage
An Edwardian-inspired garden within the former privy garden of Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Beatrice, opened to the public today (June 4 2009).
The garden is a collaboration between English Heritage and award-winning garden designer and former BBC Gardeners' World presenter Chris Beardshaw, and features an orchard, formal clipped hedges and a fountain at its centrepiece.
Beardshaw was presented with the challenge of designing a garden that would withstand 115,000 visitors each year, provide year-round interest and avoid damaging the important archaeology it covers.
"Gardens bring places to life, they interest people and I'm positive this will add an extra dimension to the castle," he said.
Picture courtesy English Heritage
English Heritage Commissioner Gilly Drummond described Princess Beatrice as a key figure in the history of the castle and the Isle of Wight and is delighted with the tribute to the Princess.
“We are grateful to the late Mrs Dorothy Frazer, whose generous bequest and devotion to the Isle of Wight has enabled this garden to be created and enjoyed by future generations," she added.
For more information call 01938 522107 or visit English Heritage online.