Princess Mary and her husband Henry, Viscount Lascelles, who became the sixth Earl of Harewood in 1929, shared a love for the outdoors.
As soon as they moved to Harewood in 1930 they started to make new plans for the gardens and the running of the estate. Work began on a Rock Garden at the head of the Lake (now the Himalayan Garden), planting rhododendrons, primulas and other plants from China and the Himalayas, and sponsoring expeditions by plant collectors such as Frank Kingdon-Ward. They modernised the glasshouses in the walled garden, and planted the Terrace with roses – particular favourites of Princess Mary’s, who liked to prune and deadhead them herself.
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The display here acknowledges her contribution to the Gardens at Harewood - she was a great plantswoman, preferred country life to the glitz of the city, and loved Harewood more than anywhere.
Some of Princess Mary's personal belongings are displayed in this room, alongside prints of the flowers she loved and records of seed orders and historic planting schemes for the Gardens.
On the accession to the title by the 7th Earl, her elder son, George, the Princess continued to live in the house until her death in 1965. She is buried in Harewood Church.
A new interactive display celebrating the life of HRH Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, will open on Thursday 20th September 2013 in the Garden Room. The display allows you to view in detail items such as the delicate Royal wedding dress, an unfolding Fabergé locket and letters to and from the Princess. Click here to read more about it, and take a look on your next visit to Harewood!
You will shortly be able to explore Harewood Through Time on our website, including a section on Royal Harewood with selected content from the new interactive display.
This room was decorated with the kind support of Farrow & Ball
The colour used in this room is: Folly Green® 76
The wallpaper used is: Uppark BP549