Source: Gardens Illustrated
With most of us now staying in self isolation, a day out to a springtime garden is off the cards. Thanks to a multitude of virtual tours popping up online though, you can still get a garden fix from the safety of your own home:
#10 United States Botanic Garden
For something further afield, why not try a virtual tour of the United States Botanic Garden, located in Washington D.C. On the tour you’ll be able to explore the Conservatory, National Garden and Bartholdi Park.
#9 Monets Garden at Giverny
Hop across the channel for a virtual tour and guide of Monet’s spectacular garden at Giverny in Normandy, France. Royal Academy curator Ann Dumas and head gardener James Priest provide commentary alongside a video tour of the famous garden, including the wonderful lily pond.
#8 Birmingham Botanic Gardens
Step inside the Garden Suite at Birmingham Botanic Gardens to see a range of tropical plants, succulents and cacti. Although predominantly used for events, the Botanic Garden is situated in an idyllic spot, with plenty of plants on display.
#7 RHS Wisley
Explore all areas of The RHS’s Wisley garden online, including the Glasshouse, Wisteria Walk, Rock Garden and The Mixed Borders.
#6 Kew Gardens
Take a tour of the top ten sights to see at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens, with guided commentary from Kew Garden experts along the way. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has thirty-seven acres of woodland, 14,000 trees and 50,000 different plant species.
#5 Chiswick House & Gardens
Although technically just a house tour, fans of Chiswick House Gardens may like to take walk through this stunning virtual house tour, which has been made with 3D technology and is exceptionally detailed. The 18th century gardens, designed by William Kent, are the first example of The English Landscape Movement.
#4 Waddeson Manor Gardens
Waddeson Manor was built between 1874 and 1885 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and soon became a buzzing hive of socialites, artists and high society. In 1959 the grand house and gardens were opened to the public for all to admire and enjoy.
#3 Highgrove Gardens
Even the gardens of the private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall aren’t out of bounds for a virtual tour. Sustainability is the focus for the gardens at Highgrove, with designs made to keep the garden growing in harmony with nature.
#2 Gardens Illustrated‘s Virtual Garden Tour
Gardens Illustrated like bringing garden people together and as you can’t come to the gardens, they bring them to you. By teaming up with gardens up and down the country to create virtual garden tours you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
#1 National Trust's Hidcote
Take a 360-degree tour around the old garden, plant house and spectacular red borders of the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Gardens in Gloucestershire. The Art & Craft-inspired garden, created in 1907, is known for its intimate garden rooms as well as the Fuchsia Garden and Bathing Pool Garden.