Art or nature? You decide.

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In separate entities, art and nature have the power to inspire, delight, educate and entertain, but it is when they are combined that something truly magical happens – and a new exhibit at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace aims to celebrate this.

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Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden looks at how both calm and ferocious the garden can be, and how it has been celebrated in art over the centuries. Over history, gardens have been used by man to find solitude, seek leisure or purely to pass the time, enabling a deep connection between nature and humans.

The display goes all the way back to what is believed to be the origin of the garden as a concept, in 6th century BC Persia where men tried to create  paradise on earth. The collection then draws from the various treasures of the Royal Collection to tell the story of how gardens have evolved through paintings, books, manuscripts and drawings. Highlights to look out for include a 16th-century illustrated Islamic manuscript and the various decorative arts from royal landscapes.

Note that you will need to pay an additional ticket price for the exhibition – they start from £9.75 for adults. Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden will be running at Buckingham Palace from March 20th to October 11th. Combine this exhibition with a full tour of Buckingham Palace, which will be open for is annual summer season. Check out the regal State Rooms, the wealth of ceramics, paintings and sculptures and see how it feels to live as a royal – it may not come close to your London hotel room but you can surely imagine yourself as a King or Queen, even if it’s just for a few minutes.