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Olive Garden is sending kids to virtual prom

Because they give out those chocolate mints, remember?

Because they give out those chocolate mints, remember?
Photo: Olive Garden

Olive Garden is a place where teen dreams come true. After all, the whole concept of bottomless breadsticks is perfectly tailored to people with small budgets, fast metabolisms, and no weekend plans beyond hours of lingering. Indeed, in a press release, the Italian-American restaurant chain called itself “the unofficial sponsor of the pre-prom dinner.” Since those dinners won’t be happening this spring, Olive Garden is creating a sort of virtual prom for the class of 2020.

Here’s how it works: Kids can take (solo) photos of themselves in their prom outfits, and have their date do the same. Then, they’ll tweet the photos with the hashtag #OliveGardenProm or submit them via Instagram DM. Then, Olive Garden will create one-of-a-kind magic with the photos (aka tap their one non-furloughed employee who knows how to use Photoshop). The resulting masterpiece

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New Orleans City Park: Take a virtual tour of the New Orleans Botanical Garden

The New Orleans Botanical Garden attracts visitors year round to experience 10 acres of lush greenery and striking sculptures.

The seeds for City Park’s beautiful garden were planted in the 1930s, and the Botanical Garden remains one of the few examples of public garden design from the Art Deco period.

Today, the natural escape features more than 2,000 plants from around the world.

Photo courtesy: New Orleans City Park

Over the years, the Botanical Garden has undergone dramatic improvements including the newest addition in 2019. City Park opened a large outdoor Kitchen in the Garden, a new culinary event space and hub for food education.

Even though the Botanical Garden is shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, you can still virtually take a stroll through the garden.

Pair our video tour with this virtual tour offered by City Park and the map below for the ultimate at-home experience. City

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Virtual garden tours: Top ten

We’ve rounded up our top 10 virtual garden tours that you can take part in right now. You don’t have to worry about how you’ll journey to each garden – instead, have a nose around stunning plots from Scotland to Kent from the comfort of your own sofa.

Virtual garden tours around UK gardens

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RGBE)

Spring looks good on Edinburgh Botanic, as can be seen in two spring 2020 videos shot here by horticultarlist Kirsty Wilson. Take in beautiful carpets of crocus and daffodils as well as the bright blooms of forsythia, cherry blossom and magnolia up above. To watch more videos of RGBE’s four Scottish gardens, visit vimeo.com.

2. Arundel Castle

This is only a ‘teaser’ video from the team at Arundel Castle to show us the glorious grounds during its biggest annual tulip festival to date. If this is a teaser, we

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You can now take a virtual tour of the New York Botanical Garden’s gorgeous tulip garden

The New York Botanical Garden remains temporarily closed, but springtime weather is bringing vivid blooms to the grounds!

With essential staff still on-site at the beloved Bronx-based garden, caring for their collection of florals, they took to capturing the blooms unfolding so New Yorkers won’t miss a beat.

The vivid colors of our many varieties of tulip are creating a confetti of petals in yellow, red, pink, and more for the essential staff caring for our collections. End your day with a calming walk among the tulips at NYBG,” they wrote on their website. 



Courtesy NYBG


You don’t need to wait to leave your apartment to relish the spring and see thousands of tulips in a bright field. You can also check out other florals in the Botanical Garden’s spring landscape like the rhododendrons, daffodils, magnolias over their 250 acres. They’re also offering a

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Delightful Virtual Garden Tours – Hever Castle

virtual garden Tours to Enjoy at Home

Spring has well and truly arrived at Hever Castle, and while you cannot enjoy a visit to the award-winning gardens right now, there’s no better time to take one of the virtual garden tours of the estate.

With many of us now in self-isolation, why not make the most of your downtime and take a visual journey through Hever Castle & Gardens with your feet up in the safety of your own home.

April is a wonderful time to view the gardens in this virtual garden tour as spectacular carpets of late daffodils bloom across the estate. The grass is lush and green and the blossoms of the fruit trees are pink and delicate in the orchard. Walls are covered in camellias and tulips provide a kaleidoscope of colour along Pergola Walk. Spring bedding includes heavily scented hyacinths in Blue Corner and bluebells

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Take a virtual tour with the National Garden Scheme

national garden scheme closes

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) has closed its gardens across the UK until further notice. It will continue to share its fabulous gardens with everyone virtually, and has today released virtual tours of seven beautiful gardens for the public to look around.

National Garden Scheme closes its gardens

On Sunday 22 March, the NGS took the difficult decision to close its gardens for the first time since the charity was founded in 1927. In a radio statement, NGS chief executive George Plumptre said the charity has advised all of its gardens not to open to the public until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Now, though, the UK charity has launched a virtual library of seven short video tours around its gardens, which it plans to add to over the coming weeks. The ‘Support Our Gardens Appeal’ was launched today (9 April) by NGS President Mary Berry.

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Joys of (virtual) Spring: Cambridge University streams online garden tours

(This April 6 story corrects surname of horticulture head to Pettit in fourth and seventh paragraphs)

LONDON (Reuters) – Spring is normally a busy season for Cambridge University Botanic Garden but as Britain enters its third week of enforced lockdown, visitors are absent – the lilacs and daffodils flowering for no one.

But the gardeners have found a way to ensure their 8,000-plus species do not go unappreciated, by starting free virtual tours that allow people to download the delights of Spring.

Their weekly “wellness wanders” are short videos which take the viewer around the 174-year-old garden.

In last week’s video, head of horticulture Sally Pettit, showed off springtime plants such as Narcissus “Jack Snipe” daffodils and Syringa “Buffon”, a type of lilac now beginning to flower.

Birdsong can be heard overhead as she walks around, describing light levels and the smell of different plants in the scented garden.


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Virtual Garden Design – Free Virtual Garden Software

My Garden

My Garden from Gardena allows you to drop an extensive range of objects onto a blank lawn to design your garden.

Graphics are basic – but once registered, the menu is simplicity itself. The six categories – including landscape, flower and vegetables, and water features – include over 150 objects. You can show/hide items you have placed, and save your design.

PROS: User-friendly, effortless interface; wide variety of features; provides templates; not time-limited.

CONS: Rather basic graphics; cannot upload a photo.

Read our ideas for small garden designs

Marshalls Garden Visualiser

More sophisticated than many rivals, Marshalls Garden Visualiser tool is 3D, and allows you to upload a photo of your garden.

After setting your garden’s dimensions, you select from ranges of objects such as walls, hedges and fences. This tool is more about “hard landscaping” than plants, but a limited range can be added to your design.

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2020 candidates and virtual campaigning: From Kennedy’s kitchen to Biden’s basement

“Use the top of your knife,” Boston chef Tiffani Faison gently coached over the video conference screen as the four-term congressman struggled to remove the bird’s backbone, one of the first steps in preparing Faison’s soy- and cola-infused poached chicken.

This is political campaigning in the age of coronavirus — an exercise that requires novel approaches from candidates who are sidelined by the pandemic from face-to-face retail politics and traditional fundraising. They’re confronting the challenge of breaking through the hourly doses of grim news from the outbreak’s front lines.

“While many folks have done parts of this before, nobody has ever had to run an entirely online campaign before,” said Amanda Litman, executive director for Run for Something, which helps progressive under-40 candidates. “We’re all figuring it out together.”

The approaches vary. For instance, Wendy Stolyarov, a Democrat running for city council in Sparks, Nevada, created mutual aid postcards emblazoned
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Take Virtual Class From Your Kitchen With These 6 Ballet Pros

One of the hardest parts of hunkering down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is giving up our daily routines. And for dancers, that means class.

Last week we shared a number of online teaching platforms, but now there are even more options. Over the weekend a handful of pros stepped forward to share that they’ll be giving virtual class via Instagram or Facebook Live. So stake a claim to your kitchen counter, and start organizing your schedule for the week.

Tiler Peck 

New York City Ballet star Tiler Peck is giving class from her family’s home in Bakersfield, CA. She wrote on Instagram that she was scheduled to teach an advanced class at her sister’s dance school, but given the circumstances decided to open it up to the public.

Where: @tilerpeck Live

When: Monday, March 16 at 10 am PST/1 pm EST

Chun Wai Chan 

“Trust me,” wrote Houston

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