After buying the Osborne estate in 1845, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert set about designing the gardens to meet their own needs and tastes.
Much of the garden has been recreated to look as it would have appeared in the 19th century, using plants and flowers popular during Queen Victoria's reign.
- Trees chosen by Prince Albert or given as gifts from visiting dignitaries, like the King William pine from Tasmania planted by Princess Victoria of Prussia, and the memorial cork oaks by the house
- The famous royal myrtle on the terraces, which has been included in the wedding bouquets of the royals since Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Victoria married in 1858
- Purple anise in the shrub borders - a relative of star anise with citrus scented leaves and flowers that small of fresh fish!
More unusual species at Osborne