Open Doors to Royal Life, From Medieval to Modern Times on "The Queen's Garden"

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06 January 2015
The Queen's Garden
Buckingham Palace. Photo:  Courtesy of Will Benson ©Oxfordscientificfilms
"The Queen's Garden"
Premieres Sunday, January 11 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS
(check local listings)

         Following episode two of “Downton Abbey, Season 5” on MASTERPIECE, the documentary 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 program underscores the importance of the garden in the lives of the royal household, with insightful interviews and unprecedented public access to these spaces.
The Queen'sGarden
Photo:  Courtesy of PBS
     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 wildest corners of THE QUEEN’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.
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