The Floral Landscape of the Royal Wedding

Like all weddings, flowers will play a special role on Will and Kate's big day.

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Sentiment always plays a part in royal wedding flowers, with blooms from royal estates featured in floral arrangements.

New for the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is an intent focus on trees, plants and flowers from the royal residences. Primary sources are the Savill Garden and Valley Gardens at Windsor Great Park, and Sandringham Estate, with English flowers from other growers filling in. 

Floral designer Shane Connolly is rose-wrangler-in-chief for the wedding flowers in Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. He's all about seasonal. For Charles and Camilla's springtime wedding he incorporated blooms from Charles' garden at Highgrove.

Four tons of foliage, including 20-foot maple trees (which symbolize something meaningful in the Language of Flowers -- syrupy sweetness?), have been shoe-horned into Westminster Abbey. 

Lining the aisle, the potted maple trees will be on display for a week after the wedding, then planted at Highgrove. Any cut flowers will be sent to hospitals and later composted. All very sustainable and commendable.

So it's really just like any family wedding, with flowers from the home garden used for the special day. Yeah, sure. Let's take a look at those home gardens.

View gallery: Everything's Coming Up Roses - Royal Gardens Galore

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Charlotte Germane dishes the dirt on gardening in newsletters, radio shows, newspapers, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter to get the latest trowel-full of news. She live-blogged the Royal Wedding for The Morton Report and has series of royalty columns here.

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