Frogmore House and Garden, the charming royal retreat set within Windsor Castle's magnificent private Home Park, will open to visitors on 3, 4 and 5 June as part of the annual Charity Garden Open Days, and on 16, 17 and 18 August this year.
Built in the 17th century, Frogmore became a royal residence in 1792 when George III purchased it for his wife, Queen Charlotte. Since then successive monarchs have enjoyed the tranquil surroundings and delightful interiors. Although no longer an occupied royal residence, it is frequently used today by the Royal Family for private entertaining.
The interior of Frogmore House bears testimony to the interests and talents of those who have lived there. Queen Charlotte was passionate about botany and commissioned one of Frogmore's principal rooms to be painted to resemble an arbour open to the skies. Victoria, Duchess of Kent, lived at Frogmore for almost 20 years and works by the Duchess and her daughter, Queen Victoria, can be seen on display within the house, as well as watercolours painted by Queen Victoria's daughters, the Princesses Victoria and Louise.
The gardens at Frogmore House are one of its most enduring attractions, and were first laid out for Queen Charlotte in the 1790s based on a model 'picturesque' landscape. The design and planting schemes seen today incorporate additions made during the reigns of Queen Victoria and Queen Mary. Trees and shrubs, presented on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, have been subsequently added. Today, visitors can enjoy gentle garden walks and views of Queen Victoria's Tea House, the white-marble Indian Kiosk, and the 18th-century lake.
Frogmore House Garden is open on 3, 4 and 5 June in aid of the National Gardens Scheme, The Leprosy Mission and Parkinson's UK. Tickets are available to buy directly from the charities’ respective websites and tickets to visit Frogmore House will also be available to purchase on the day.