While Prince Charles has had quite a few hobbies, like writing children’s books and watercolors, his real passion is gardening. He manages the gardens of his private residence, Highgrove House. Charles is known for his love of the environment and it seems his fondness for horticulture started at an early age.
On a British radio show, “The Poet Laureate Went to His Shed,” the prince opened up about his childhood time spent in the garden with his sister, Princess Anne (via People). He shared that they both have a small vegetable garden and have a lot of fun growing all kinds of vegetables, including tomatoes. Prince Charles also acknowledged the value of eating the food you grow and said he thinks ‘it’s so important to find ways to encourage children to grow vegetables and things in school’ .
During the interview, which took place at Charles’ Welsh home in Llwynywermod, he told host Simon Armitage that he acquired the land in Wales in 2008 and spent the weekends -ends and any other free time to bring the land back to life by planning and pruning trees and planting flowers. Charles further revealed that he wishes to be more active when gardening on the property, but due to lack of time and a bad back, this is simply not possible. However, he said it was a “labor of love” for him.