Sunday, October 02, 2005

Prince Charles, Organic Gardener

Love him or hate him, one has to acknowledge that Great Britain's Prince Charles is a Renaissance man. has published an article on yet another of Charles' passions: organic gardening.
The Prince of Wales is turning gardens on his Deeside estate into an organic paradise.

The green-fingered prince, who already applies organic principles in his gardens at Highgrove, Gloucestershire, has converted to similar methods at Birkhall at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire.

The process takes around two years, after which gardeners can apply to the Soil Association for certification if they comply with specific standards.

Only then can a garden say it has official organic status.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House said: "The Prince is a firm believer in sustainable farming and gardening and Birkhall is currently going through the conversion process to be organic. It does take a few years to convert."
While I doubt that Charles will be the one digging in the dirt at Birkhall, this should help immensely with spreading the word on organic gardening.

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