Duchess Kate Middleton Calls Butterfly Sculpture That Won Royal Garden Competition 'Amazing'
In June, Duchess Kate launched the Royal Garden competition for her 'Back to Nature' project. A winner was recently announced and her sculpture impressed the Royal.
Duchess Kate, 37, finally unveiled the winner of “Blue Peter's” Royal Garden Competition. The winning sculpture was an enormous butterfly made from wood and recycled metal which the Royal thought was "Amazing!".
The creator of the sculpture was a little girl named Jessica, 12, who won the 12-15 category. The installation will feature in Kate's 'Back to Nature' garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey.
The winning design features a twisted thorax sculpted from wood and a trellis of recycled metal in the shape of butterfly wings. The wings were adorned with brightly colored clematis flowers that will grow over them.
The center of the sculpture has a set of wind chimes that hang there. Judging by the photos and video posted by Kensington Palace, it appears the first flowers have already started to grow over the sculpture’s wings.
“Blue Peter” viewers were urged by the Duchess to design a sculpture that featured natural materials for the garden she designed for the Chelsea Flower Show. Jessica’s winning vision was brought to life by professional craftspeople over the course of a week.
The competition received hundreds of entries that were cut down to just 30 by the judging panel, which Kate was a part of. The Royal Horticultural Society's youth ambassador George Hassell was also a judge.
The winner was congratulated by Kate on CBBC’s “Blue Peter.” During the viewing of the sculpture, Jessica informed the Royal that the clematis flowers were different and there were ones for “different seasons.”
The Duchess responded by saying: “It’s such a great idea. And it’s going to be so lovely coming back year after year to see how it’s growing and all developing.” The Royal also complemented the garden in her choice of clothing.
She wore an elegant belted long-sleeved Emilia Wickstead seersucker dress which was decorated with a pink floral print. Kate added tan wedges to complete her look.
In May, she launched the garden with her three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis and her husband Prince William. The garden is located about 25 miles southwest of London and features a huge treehouse, a sandpit, and swings.