Professor unveils diamond tribute fit for a Queen

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A Sheffield garden design expert has unveiled his own tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation - in a fittingly horticultural style.

Nigel Dunnett, professor of planting design and vegetation technology at Sheffield University, has created the Diamond Garden to commemorate six decades since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.

The garden is next to the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, and has a skewed diamond pattern marked out by strips of Portland stone.

Planting is designed to be mostly evergreen, with flowering highlights throughout the spring and summer. Blooms are largely white, with some yellow and blue, including Narcissus and Crocuses.

The garden is also designed to be eco-friendly, intercepting and trapping rainfall for irrigation purposes.

Sir David Walker, master of the household at the palace, said the garden was a ‘wonderful area of calm and beauty’.

“It will be an enduring legacy and celebration of Her Majesty’s long reign,” he said.

Prof Dunnett added: “This is a very sustainable garden, and one that is ‘future-proofed’ in terms of our changing and unpredictable climate. It is a model of how we can adapt our urban areas, and our gardens and parks, to face the challenges of the future.”

The professor was previously the principal horticultural consultant for the London 2012 Olympic Park, and won a gold medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.