It was an important milestone, kicking off a period of planting that the royals hoped will be replicated across the U.K. in the lead-up to her upcoming Platinum Jubilee Próximo ano.
The colors of fall were evident from miles around as the Queen, 95, e Príncipe Charles, 72, planted the symbolic tree. “The mixed mature deciduous trees and shrubs show off their vibrant colors,” at this time of year, the castle’s head gardener Brian Corr tells PEOPLE membros da realeza.
“The orange, yellow and red tints of the natural groups and specimens of maples, oaks, limes, aspen and birch further enhance the idyllic landscapes of the Balmoral Castle gardens and grounds,” ele adiciona.
The royal family has been coming to the castle, set amid the majestic Cairngorm mountains, para 170 anos. A rainha, who has been at the estate since late July, “takes a keen interest in all aspects of the estate and gardens, and often comments on their beauty when in residence,” says Corr.
Durante ela time in Scotland, rainha Elizabeth has been entertaining family and friends as she keeps up with work, reading the documents in her red boxes and conducting meetings with government ministers and her advisers.
Much of the food that the family eats — and the flowers that decorate their rooms — comes from the magnificent kitchen garden to the south of the Castle and its grand greenhouses. “There is a particular magic to Balmoral gardens in autumn as during this this time the vegetables are mature and ready for final harvesting,” Corr tells PEOPLE. “There is something very personal and rewarding about harvesting the vegetables, knowing they will be used by the Queen and the royal family when they are in residence at Balmoral.”
Ele adiciona, “The garden operates on organic principles and operates a no-dig policy. At the end of the growing season, the vegetable plots are covered with compost created from the waste vegetable matter from the garden.” They also use biological methods to combat the pests like whiteflies, aphids and mealy bugs at bay, while they use pest and disease resistant varieties of vegetables.”
As well as the majestic trees, there are late flowering annuals can be seen in the flower borders and late flowering herbaceous perennials such as the Rudbeckia flower late into the autumn months, Corr reports.
“You get a real sense of spirit of the place when visiting the gardens at Balmoral Castle,” ele adiciona.
For more exclusive royal insights, including glamorous photos and even a glimpse inside the Queen’s purse, pick up PEOPLE membros da realeza‘ fall issue, fora agora!
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