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The Princess’s Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew by Vanessa Berridge (BA 1977)

The Princess's Garden

14 October 2015

Vanessa Berridge (BA 1977) explores the political and personal background to the founding of Kew Gardens in the 18th century.

The princess is Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales, loathed son of George II and Queen Caroline. 

Both Augusta and Frederick were keen gardeners and, after Frederick’s death in 1751, Augusta continued his work at Kew, setting up the physic garden in 1759, with the help of her adviser and supposed lover, John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute.

The book exposes the rifts at the heart of the British royal family, shows how both the aristocracy and the royal family used gardens as a political canvas, and gives an insight into the sheer violence of political expression in the eighteenth century.

Further information

The Princess's Garden is published by Amberley Publishing and is available to buy via its website.